Purses, enthusiasm on the rise

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 3, 2012 - 10:43 PM

With its purse-enhancement deal in place, Canterbury Park officials expect better fields and more races next summer.

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fjbarrowsSep. 3, 1211:39 PM

Will this make more people show up? Probably not. Tells you how desperate Mystic Lake was to protect their monopoly, that they were willing to commit 75 million bucks in exchange for lobbying support.

mike77Sep. 3, 1211:58 PM

Canterbury has a bright future. Every year more and more people attend the live race meet. Their is an interest in watching the live product. IF they could SELL people on the gambling element their business would take off the roof. If they could convert a horrible 3 % into YEAR LONG simulcast players their handle would double. They also need a NEW RACING SECRETARY, this year they had the HIGHEST % of winning favorites in the USA. This is a BAD thing if you are a player interested in showing profits. The racing secretary is responsible for writing competitive races if he does a good job long price horses win. My feeling is Canterbury Park is more interested in spoon feeding their customers 3/5 favorites they must think its better for people to cash a few tickets even if they walk out losers a few bucks.Large betters who are 5 % of the crowd are responsible for 80 % of the betting handle. Big betters want LONGSHOTS!

Minnesoda73Sep. 4, 1212:07 AM

Live racing is the greatest. In the off season, could they not race other animals, like rats, squirrels, or small dogs? Seeing the competitive live animals is a big part of the fun. I would have no choice but to bet on it.

picksixmanSep. 4, 1210:10 AM

Mike77 is right on point. I play six figures per years on horse racing...not a penny on Canterbury Park races...Why? Small pools and all favorites....just doesn't work for the bigger spending horse players.

proactive11Sep. 4, 1211:43 AM

Mike77 and picksixman, Apparently you do not play pick 3 and pick 4's with your 6 figure bankroll.Pick 3's yesterday were $600 and 2 for $2,000 for only waqering a $1. Pick 4's were $6800 and $500 for only a .50 wager. I assume being that Canterbury is so easy you hit these? Next year is only going to be better, with new barns, full fields and more competitve races.

marcymmbSep. 4, 12 1:43 PM

Fjbarrows!!!Do not blame Mystic Lake for bailing out Cantrbury, they where loosing money and ready to fold, if you want to blame someone blame your Legislators for not pushing the racino through especially the ones Mystic Lake has in their pockets.

lefowlermnSep. 4, 12 2:50 PM

The appealing part for me is that the local horse industry will benefit,causing ripple effects in the economy of MN. That means Mystic Lake money will be affecting different areas of MN than heretofore.

squarnSep. 4, 12 5:57 PM

It was a great season! And for the first time in many years, it is the day after Labor Day and I am not wondering whether or not racing will return in the Spring. Thank you Randy Sampson!

wbigtummySep. 8, 1210:29 AM

Mike77 is right. With only one exception, 1991, the track has always spoon-fed favorites. Moreover, with takeout at 17% and 23% except for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers, this tendency exacerbates low prices. But that cannot be changed. I agree that the Racing Secretary has to go. He's out of ideas and out of excuses. Too many "sub" races in his book. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, you "race with the horses you have." If he can't make them competitive through creative race-writing, then let's get someone who can. Big bettors DO want longer shots, and the handle will improve if the track stops finishing the live meet every year with 38-40% winning favorites.

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