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Canterbury Park’s Extreme Race Day Scheduled for Sunday, July 20

July 18, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

Minnesota Track Plans Second Annual Day Featuring Unique Races

Canterbury Park has scheduled its second annual Extreme Race Day for Sunday, July 20. Last year, Canterbury Park hosted the first race ever held on turf and dirt simultaneously, in “The Battle of the Surfaces.” This year, in an effort to even out the competition, “The Battle of the Surfaces” will be pit fillies and mares on the turf against colts and geldings on the dirt, all running one mile and one sixteenth. Twenty horses have been entered in “The Battle of the Surfaces.” The first horse to cross the wire, regardless of surface, will be declared the winner. Race fans can bet on all 20 horses as if they were racing on the same surface together.

In addition, Canterbury Park will run “Beat the Clock.” Eight 2-year-old maiden quarter horses will each run 250 yards, one at a time. Following the conclusion of each dash, a finishing time will be posted and then the next quarter horse will run. The official order of finish will be determined by the fastest times with patrons needing to place their bets before the first time trial.

Other Extreme Day parimutuel events include: “The Dash in a Flash” (quarter horses going 100 yards), “The Dirty Dozen” (10 horses on the turf who have never won on the turf), “Blazing Saddles” (two races, each 3 furlongs, for Thoroughbreds), and “Around and Around They Go” (the longest race in the history of Canterbury Park at 2-1/16 miles). Ostrich and camel racing are also on the card, but “for entertainment purposes only” . . . please—no wagering.

Two non-extreme stakes races are also part of the eleven-race card. The $50,000 John Bullit Stakes for three-year-olds and up will be run at a distance of 1-1/16 miles on the turf and features seven runners, including Prospective Kiss, winner of the Brooks Fields Stakes on June 7. Next, 2-year-olds will compete in the $50,000 Brian Barenscheer Stakes. Proud Jefe, trained by Thomas Amoss, has been installed as the morning-line favorite at odds of 5-2. Minnetonka Mist, who made an impressive debut on July 10 at Canterbury Park, is the second choice on the morning line.

The race is named in honor of the former Canterbury Park Board Member who died in 2004.

The eleven-race card begins at 1:30 p.m local time. The camel race is scheduled to take place following the third race, with the ostrich race following the seventh. For more information, visit