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Inaugural Mystic Lake Derby attracts 32 nominations


July 21, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Richest race since Canterbury re-opened in 1995 to be run Saturday, July 28

The inaugural running of the $150,000 added Mystic Lake Derby on Saturday, July 28, has attracted 32 nominations. The nomination list includes horses of several prominent owners and trainers including Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Gung Ho, third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Bluegrass Stakes. The Ramseys were honored with an Eclipse Award as Outstanding Owner in 2011. Gung Ho is trained by Michael Maker, currently the 10th leading trainer by purses earned in 2012.

Jim Tafel, owner of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, has nominated All Stormy, runner-up in the Grade 3 American Derby. Trainer Dale Romans, currently fourth in earnings, nominated Quick Wit, and trainer H. Graham Motion, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, nominated Gold Megillah.

The actual number of participants, limited to 12, will be determined Wednesday, July 25 when entries are taken. Restricted to 3-year-old thoroughbreds, the Mystic Lake Derby will be conducted at the distance of one mile on Canterbury Park’s turf course.

The purse, estimated to be more than $160,000, will make this race the richest since Canterbury Park re-opened under new management in 1995.

The Mystic Lake Derby is the first significant co-promotional event since the historic

$83.5 million cooperative marketing and purse enhancement agreement was reached on June 6 between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community which owns and operates Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. The Mystic Lake Purse Enhancement Fund will contribute $100,000 to the purse of this race.

“The Mystic Lake Derby is an example of how the cooperative agreement will enhance racing in Minnesota,” Canterbury Park President Randy Sampson said. “This is the most significant race in Minnesota in two decades and we anticipate it will become the most important race in the state’s history.”

Purses this season have increased by 35% since the agreement was approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission and will more than double when the purse enhancements are fully implemented over the next decade.

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Canterbury Park are located less than four miles from one another along Canterbury Road/Mystic Lake Drive in Scott County in the southwest corner of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.