Canterbury caught in crossfire

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 2, 2011 - 12:45 AM

Though the state racing commission has been paid through July, the track canceled events Friday and Saturday as it waited for a ruling.

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dudehappyJul. 1, 1110:20 PM

At this point, Judge Gearin is dragging her feet. Why? Get with the program and make a decision so these parties can move on! The longer you take, the more severe the impact on these parties. Is that what your intent is, Judge Gearin?

asmithe2Jul. 2, 1112:09 AM

Judge Guerrin is done ruling. Judge Blatz heard today's testimony. My question is how does a track making a million dollars a week justify their poverty claims while begging for slot machines?

ruphinaJul. 2, 11 7:53 AM

It is quite obvious that the fine workers of the state of Minnesota have spent the last few weeks preparing for the shutdown by furiously planning to make things go as well as possible. And if you believe anything but the opposite of that you are a fool. They have a vested interest in making a shutdown as miserable as possible, and spent every minute nfinding ANY excuse to shut down private enterprise to find a way to keep the cash cow flowing. Dayton is aking for a 17% INCREASE in coerced tax dollars during a recession. There is just no limit to the greed of the public sector. Bill G.

teddygJul. 2, 11 8:17 AM

Delicious irony that the rich Republican estate owners of the western burbs cant race their horsies during the state shutdown, and now they are all angry about it. Reap what you sew, girls.

franthemannnJul. 2, 11 8:18 AM

Canterbury and its horsemen fund the commission that regulates racing there? Chance for a judge to opine on that obvious conflict of interest.

holmescity49Jul. 2, 11 8:22 AM

To be fair, "a 17% increase in tax $$$". A 17% increase across the board or what? 17% increase to the present 7% tax rate equaling 24%? 17% increase to the present tax rate (a 1.5% addition)? Numbers are a wonderful thing, but taken out of context can be very confusing and ugly. To be fair, we need to know exactly of what 17% is

philsphedupJul. 2, 11 8:29 AM

Asmith2 - No, Judge Gearin is not done ruling. Canterbury was told to appear before her and NOT Judge Blatz so the track was not on the the parade of testimony at the Special Master hearing yesterday. They did in the AM and there was hope she would rule last night she didn't so nearly 2000 workers between the two racetracks (plus the Zoo) lost another day of work (today). Maybe she'll grace everyone with a decision today. As for a million in revenue in week - 1) it was revenue, not profit. 2) the summer months are the only time they race so and profit (which comes AFTER expenses are subtracted from revenue) needs to help make hay for the rest of the year. 3) The track needs slots to compete for horses with racinos (that can offer higher purses because of that revenue) like Prairie Meadows, Hoosier Park, Indiana Live and possibly the Chicago tracks.

rkn55811Jul. 2, 11 8:35 AM

Without horse racing at Canterbury, it is entirely possible that the earth will cease to rotate on its axis and no longer orbit the sun. Life on this planet will end immediately.

freedubayJul. 2, 11 9:21 AM

This goes to show you that the state is just to involved regulating business. The private sector could easily do this service on its own and probably cheaper. Same with the Zoo. What a load of nonsense.

bellamn16Jul. 2, 11 9:26 AM

Was hoping to head out there on Sunday. Fun, cheap entertainment. In the meantime, it seems to me if the government has screwed up its ability to regulate, that should be the government's problem and not a detriment to a private facility that (from what I've heard) does everything by the book. Canterbury has given no reason for the government to shut it down due to a temporary lapse in regulators.


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