11/16/2012 9:52AM

Canterbury Park will race 69 days in 2013


Canterbury Park received approval from the Minnesota Racing Commission on Thursday to conduct a 69-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet in 2013 that will begin May 17 and continue through Sept. 14.

The meet will be Canterbury longest since 2006 when an equal number of days were conducted. Canterbury raced 62 days this year.

In June, Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community entered into a cooperative marketing and purse enhancement agreement that will inject $75 million into the horsemen purse fund over the agreement’s 10-year span. Projected purses for the 2013 season will show a 25 percent increase over 2012 and a nearly 100 percent increase over 2011.