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Stakes Race Schedule

Don't miss some of our most exciting Stakes Races all season long!

June 21: Northern Stars Turf Festival
July 15: Hall of Fame Day
August 12: Made in Minnesota Day
September 9: Festival of Champions

Coming up next is Festival of Champions! Check out Races, Purses, & exclusive Entertainment Information below.
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Festival of Champions- September 9

It's the State Championship of Racing with over $600,000 in purses up for grabs! Celebrate Minnesota Breds and the history of Minnesota racing.

This will be the 30th Minnesota Festival of Champions . The event began in 1992 at Canterbury Downs, organized by owners and breeders to showcase Minnesota breds and racing in Minnesota as Ladbroke, the owners at that time, had neglected racing and were preparing to close the track. The inaugural Festival was indeed the final day of racing until 1995 when Canterbury Park, under the direction of Dale Schenian, Curt Sampson and son Randy Sampson, opened for a live race meet. A race meet has been conducted each summer since and Minnesota Festival of Champions remains a centerpiece.

First Post: 4:00 PM

Races Purse
Northern Lights Futurity $100,000
Northern Lights Debutante $100,000
Crocrock Minnesota Sprint $75,000
Bella Notte Minnesota Distaff Sprint $75,000
Blair's Cove Minnesota Classic Turf $75,000
Princess Elaine Minnesota Distaff Classic Turf $75,000
Total: $500,000

Wagers

10% Takeout wagers offering the lowest takeout in North America

50 cent Post Time Pick Four begins in Race 1
50 cent Pick Five
All-Turf Pick Five


Entertainment Experiences at Festival of Champions

In addition to these great races be ready for a special appearance from the famous Budweiser Clydesdales on the Track, explore new wine flavors with Saturday Wine Specials, and feast on Prime Rib with Clubhouse Seating Tickets.

Budweiser Clydesdales
These iconic horses are making an appearance on the Track in between racing! You've seen them on TV but have you seen them in person?! A majestic experience you won't want to miss.

4:00 – 5:00PM – Public Meet & Greet (Shire Square)
Performance on Track - After 4th Race


Saturday Wine Specials
Every Saturday enjoy $2 off all by-the-glass wine and sparkling varieties, including Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Woodbridge and Ruffino.

Feast on Prime Rib at Clubhouse!

Exhilarate your taste buds with a Prime Rib dining experience! Special menu pricing of $32.95 at our Clubhouse Tables while supplies last.

Live Racing Saturday Night + Festival of Champions 9/09/2023
Live Racing Saturday Night + Festival of Champions 9/09/2023
Festival of Champions. State Championship of Racing with over $700,000 in Stakes Races
General Admission Adult (age 18+) $8.00
General Admission Youth (ages 6-17) $5.00
Live Racing Reserved Clubhouse Seating 9/09/2023
Live Racing Reserved Clubhouse Seating 9/09/2023
Clubhouse tables are sold out for tonight. Please check in with our Clubhouse Team Member for updated availability when you arrive.

NOTE: General Admission Ticket Required for Entry to Canterbury Park.
Live Racing Reserved Cabana Restaurant Table 9/09/2023
Live Racing Reserved Cabana Restaurant Table 9/09/2023
Cabana tables are sold out for tonight. Please check in with our Cabana host for updated availability when you arrive.

NOTE: General Admission Ticket Required for Entry to Canterbury Park.

Festival of Champions Sponsors

Apple Autos
Kim Crawford
ArchKey
Continental Diamond
Choice Electric
Ballard
Jim Beam
Meiomi

Made in MN Day- August 12

Experience the MN Derby & Oaks, with top notch purebred horse racing on the track. Enjoy Beerfest:Made in MN, a celebration of suds featuring hundreds of craft brews & more for you to sample!
First Race: 5:07 PM
Race Purse
Minnesota Derby $100,000
Minnesota Oaks $100,000
Wally's Choice Stakes $50,000
Glitter Star Stakes $50,000
Total: $300,000

Hall of Fame Day- July 15

Our signature stakes series continues as we reveal our 2023 HOF inductees. Presented by Atomic Data.
First Race: 5:07 PM
Race Purse
Ralph Strangis Stakes $50,000
Minnesota Turf Distaff $50,000
Victor S. Myers Stakes $50,000
Frances Genter Stakes $50,000
Total: $200,000

Northern Stars Turf Festival- June 21

Our Signature Stakes Series kicks off with a night of turf racing. First Race: 5:07 PM
Race Purse
MTA Stallion Auction Stakes $50,000
Dark Star Turf Sprint $75,000
Lady Canterbury Stakes $75,000
Brooks Fields Mile $75,000
Curtis Sampson Oaks $75,000
Canterbury Derby $100,000
Total: $450,000
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