Located just 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Canterbury Park has grown from a horse racing and simulcasting facility in the mid-1990s to a 24-hour-a-day, year-round entertainment destination. In June of 2012, Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community entered into a cooperative purse enhancement and marketing agreement that will inject $75 million into the horsemen’s purse fund over a 10-year span. Purses for the 2013 season have doubled compared to 2011 due to the agreement. Canterbury Park will offer six six-figure stakes races, including the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, the largest single purse since 1991. This year’s 69-day meet begins May 17 and runs through September 14.
Featured race days include the third annual Fillies Race For Hope, a breast cancer awareness fundraiser on August 17, and the 20th running of Minnesota Festival of Champions on September 1.
A full menu of simulcast racing is offered daily in the Canterbury Race Book.
Opened in 2000, Canterbury Card Casino is home to the largest poker room in the upper Midwest. The poker room deals Texas Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha. Table game offerings include blackjack, Pai Gow poker, and other games. The card casino is open year-round, 24 hours a day.
Canterbury also hosts several special events throughout the year, including the Midwest’s largest craft show in April and November, motorsports events, trade shows and concerts.
As a member of the Minnesota Keystone Program, Canterbury Park contributes five percent of its pre-tax profits to the community each year. Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (CPHC) is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ.