At Canterbury Park, no races, no purses, no reason to stay

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 25, 2011 - 8:36 AM
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vlalorielundJul. 12, 11 7:33 PM

I am a trainer who transported my entire stable from Phoenix, participate here in Minn. Bringing my horses (and with that my owner's business and money to put into your local economy), is a very expensive proposition. I cannot afford to train these horses, employ grooms, pay feed, farrier and veterinarians with out racing, to generate income for the stable. I do not wish to take my business elsewhere but I am finalizing plans to ship to Ellis Park in Kentucky on Thurs. if Canterbury Park does not reopen for racing this week. Many other trainers are finalizing similar plans. If the track loses these large stables it will not have enough horses to run a meet once the Gov't.does eventually settle it's budget. I am personally appalled that a government who should be a proponent for it's people would be willing to cause the demise of a private business who is viable and sound business and community member. It is my strong opinion that this shutdown, if continued, will put Canterbury park out of business. How senseless! Self supported and self funded industries and businesses should be allowed to operate in order to survive. This government should be ashamed of it's apathy and lack of a sense of urgency to let Canterbury Park operate. Valorie Lund Barn B-7 Canterbury Park

drsmithJul. 12, 11 7:34 PM

So, let me get this straight...Canterbury wants to open a Racino and PAY money to the state to solve the government shutdown which does what both parties want but the government not only doesn't want their money; they would rather put 1,100 people out of work, many of which will leave the state, taking income and TAXES with them. What's wrong with this picture?

mike7711Jul. 12, 11 7:38 PM

Canterbury needs to face it their 2011 live racing season is over. They need to focus on just saving the track. If they can't atleast open the card club and/or simulcasting in the next month or 2 they are all done. Permanently.

mike7711Jul. 12, 11 7:48 PM

Val: I was sitting next to Mr. Sampson in the card club june30th. He looked like he got kicked in the gut as he was watching the government shutdown his business. Then a anti gambling judge rules against him and lets the ZOO open. It must be nice to have the power to say which business lives and which dies. SAY HI to GARY for me. Hope you return in 2012. MIKE P.

cabbieguyJul. 12, 11 8:37 PM

The horse racing industry has been a boon to many in the agricultural industry, not to mention the excitement of being a fan of these beautiful thoroughbreds. If gaming is not allowed for pari-mutual gambling, why are the casino's still open. They are independent from the state, but still must be regulated as to types of games allowed, number of slot they can operate, and their employees must be licensed by the state. Something here don't pass the smell test.

th3171Jul. 12, 11 8:47 PM

The extremely disturbing part of this is that both the DFL and GOP are putting people out of work that they claim to support.

lgren5735Jul. 12, 11 8:51 PM

The state losing an entire $2 billion industry because of a shutdown that is possibly unconstitutional is an outrage. Even more of an outrage is that the Governor has the ability to end all this with a Lights On bill. All those thousands of people dependent on the track don't really give a damn if anyone saves face. This is not supposed to be a game between the negotiators and if it is ,then it's just wrong to play with people's lives. The consequences of this game will last forever.

bellamn16Jul. 12, 11 8:57 PM

I heard one lawyer talking at a bar and he said they may have grounds to sue the state for damages because they paid for a service they did not receive and that lack of service led to significant loss of revenue. If a judge agrees, Canterbury could end up taking the state for a LOT of money. I'm surprised they didn't sue in civil court already. The track may not survive this, which means a lot of people in Scott county will probably be voting for new legislators in 2012.

walkingeagleJul. 12, 11 9:03 PM

This is a sad situation; how much state money has been dedicated to economic development? So much for that concept; let's just sacrifice everything for political ideology. The hell with the people, there are political favors to be repaid.

tbracingfanJul. 12, 11 9:06 PM

Canterbury Park has always been the epitomy of "Minnesota Nice"! Owners, trainers, jockeys and fans have always been drawn to Canterbury by the friendly people, great facilities and caring management that puts the people and horses first! Many trainers will tell you that even though they could be running their horses for more money at other tracks, they love spending the summer at Canterbury. Just how far can we expect sentiment and good-feelings to take these trainers when they can't pay their bills and have to lay off long-time, trusted employees? It's truly pathetic that so many innocent people who are just trying to make a living are now being forced to leave Minnesota, taking their tax, food, living and entertainment dollars with them. It's time for our Legislature and the Governor to stop pointing fingers! Enough with the political rhetoric already! Do the job that you were elected to do! And do it without pay! There's a vast difference between choosing not to take your paycheck and having your paycheck taken away from you! Remember -- you were appointed, not annointed!


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