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Canterbury Park racing resumes tonight

July 21, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Canterbury Park resumed card casino and simulcasting this morning, and live racing operations get underway tonight, Thursday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m. local time. A 20-day suspension of operations due to a budget impasse that triggered a partial shutdown of state government began on July 1. The budget stalemate ended yesterday morning when budget legislation was adopted by the Minnesota legislature and was signed into law by the Governor.

With the budget in place, employees of the Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC), the state body that oversees Canterbury Park’s gaming operations, returned to work today. As a result, the Commission has authorized Canterbury to resume simulcast racing operations and live racing.

“We are relieved that this shutdown has come to an end. It has caused undue hardship to far too many,” Canterbury President Randy Sampson said. “Suspending Canterbury’s operations was extremely painful to the 1,000 employees of Canterbury Park who were laid off without pay, to those employed on our backside and to thousands otherwise involved in Minnesota's horse industry. Since the shutdown occurred during the heart of racing season, we estimate that Canterbury Park lost as much as $1 million in revenue each week, but we won't know the final impact until the racing season is over. I look forward to welcoming back our loyal employees and customers and to allowing the horsemen to again compete for purses.”