A BETTER FUTURE
In June, Canterbury Park signed a deal with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community that will add $75 million to its purses over the next 10 years. That increased its daily purses to the highest level since the track reopened in 1995 and contributed to gains in attendance, live racing handle and total handle.
2011 2012 (56 dates) (62 dates) %change
Average attendance 6,143 6,595* +7.3
Average handle/live on-track $171,513 $183,973 +7.3
Average handle/import $229,179 $268,432 +17.1
Average total handle $544,930 $592,773 +8.8
Average daily purses $119,423 $157,447* +31.8
*-record for Canterbury Park's post-1994 era
Note: Average live on-track handle is the amount bet at Canterbury on its live races; import handle is the amount bet on Canterbury races at other locations. Total handle includes all wagering on Canterbury races, plus simulcast wagering at Canterbury Park on races from other tracks.