The paddock area at Canterbury Park during its Festival of Champions on Sunday.
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Big crowd for Festival of Champions at Canterbury
- Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT
- Star Tribune
- September 3, 2012 - 2:13 AM
Jockey Tanner Riggs won three races during the Festival of Champions at Canterbury Park, which drew an event-record 17,053 fans -- the largest crowd this season -- to the Shakopee track.
Riggs captured the $50,000 Minnesota Classic Championship aboard Coconino Slim and the $50,000 Minnesota Distaff Classic Championship on Congrats and Roses. Both horses are trained by Mac Robertson, who has wrapped up his eighth consecutive training title. Riggs also won the $22,350 Minnesota Quarter Horse Futurity aboard Fly Eyeann.
Sugar Business won the $65,000 Northern Lights Futurity for 2-year-old colts and geldings in a time of 1 minute, 10.32 seconds, a record for the six-furlong stakes race. Nomorewineforeddie captured the $50,000 Minnesota Sprint Championship for the third consecutive year.
The crowd was the fourth-largest in Canterbury history. A total of $845,309 was wagered on the 11-race card, with $432,978 wagered on track.
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