Racing board backs Canterbury Park-Mystic Lake Casino alliance

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 14, 2012 - 10:35 AM

Sanctioned partnership between Mystic Lake and Canterbury Park leaves Anoka track out in the cold.

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applejeffJun. 13, 12 8:30 PM

Does anyone even watch horse racing at either of these tracks? I didn't know there WAS a track in Anoka. Who cares.

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fjbarrowsJun. 13, 12 8:30 PM

I will laugh my head off when the legislature allows Running Aces to open a racino in a couple of years. Mark my words, that will be what happens. They will be allowed to open a small racino, maybe 100 machines, nothing bigger than a dollar for a denomination, something like that. That way, the legislature can tell the tribes they haven't really infringed on their competitive advantage, and they can help Running Aces at the same time.

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foodog888Jun. 13, 12 9:24 PM

applejeff, Canterbury will average over 6,000 fans per 62 racing days this summer. Does that qualify as "anyone?"

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elmore1Jun. 13, 1210:48 PM

Let's build the White Earth Casino downtown to revitalize Mpls. That is fine if people who like the horses go to Shakopee or Anoka but we are missing a huge tourist/convention draw and tax revenue stream by delaying the Mpls Casino.

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wuolletcJun. 13, 1210:53 PM

It is about time Canterbury gets a break. Canterbury fought for the racino for years, and was getting nowhere. This agreement will keep the Canterbury doors open & keep the MN racing industry alive. As a Canterbury regular, I am all for it. Way to go Randy Sampson!!!

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asmithe2Jun. 13, 1211:04 PM

It certainly won't be a popular thing to say on here, but I'd like to thank Mystic for basically saving the state's horse industry. The legislature tried and failed repeatedly. So the tribe stepped up and made this happen. I wouldn't expect the posters here or this paper to mention this little fact, so I'll do it. Mystic saved racing in this state.

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arielbenderJun. 13, 1211:25 PM

fjbarrowsJun. 13, 12 8:30 PM I will laugh my head off when the legislature allows Running Aces to open a racino in a couple of years. Mark my words, that will be what happens.________________Not a chance. A) There's no stomach for it at the legislature, especially after the Vikings deal. That was the only reason that the subject came off the back burner in the first place. B) Running Aces has no clout, nor the money to effectively lobby without Canterbury's involvement, and with Canterbury on the sidelines, there's no tribe that would need to step up and help Aces with anything. They're effectively out of the loop. That track will be hosting 50's car shows and flea markets within 2-3 years and without the card club, would have been doing so already. Since harness racing was never the primary objective and banking on a Racino was, their investors will lose interest fast. Sorry, but the clock is ticking on the continued existence of that facility.

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cheiron55402Jun. 14, 1212:12 AM

The tribes are scared of ANY competition.

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tpatmahoJun. 14, 1212:48 AM

Mystic Lake saved horse racing? Hilarious. Without the tribe's intense lobbying, (bribing) at the Legislature, Canterbury and Running Aces would have had slot machines long ago. And Minnesota taxpayers would be enjoying a $100-million-a-year subsidy from players at these non-Indian casinos. No other state... hear me?... NO OTHER STATE... gives the tribes a tax-free monopoly on casino gambling.

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climategateJun. 14, 1212:54 AM

Let's NOT do something so absolutely STUPID as putting a casino in Downtown Mpls. I didn't know the White Earth reservation extended into downtown Mpls. anyway. We don't need another tax/revenue stream. The most ignorant, corrupt thinking that permeates our society today is that of "How can we get more money so we spend more money?" The BEST thing politicians could possibly do who think like that, is NOTHING. Pure stalemate is better than that endless bipartisan SPENDING just to appear active.

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