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22nd Minnesota Festival of Champions this Sunday at Canterbury Park

September 4, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

96 MN-bred horses entered in 11-race card featuring eight stakes races and $590k in purses

Canterbury Park will host the 22nd Minnesota Festival of Champions on Sunday, September 6, offering $590,000 in purses, a single-day record for a Minnesota-bred only race card. There will be six stakes for Thoroughbreds, two for Quarter Horses, plus three additional Thoroughbred races. Racing begins at 12:45 p.m. A total of 96 horses have been entered for the 11-race program.

Trainer Mac Robertson, who has a record 25 Festival of Champions wins, has six horses entered in the stakes including the morning line favorite, A P Is Loose, in the $60,000 Wally’s Choice Minnesota Classic Championship. The 4-year-old, owned by Joel Zamzow of Duluth, Minnesota, will face Hold For More, undefeated in four 2015 starts including wins in the Victor S. Meyers Stakes and Minnesota Derby.

“The State Tournament of Horse Racing” was first held in 1992 and was the final day of pari-mutuel horse racing in Minnesota until Randy and Curtis Sampson, along with South St. Paul businessman Dale Schenian, purchased Canterbury Park in 1994 and returned live racing to the Shakopee racetrack in 1995. The Festival of Champions has been a centerpiece of the racing season ever since.

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