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Canterbury releases 2014 stakes schedule; richest race moved to meet's final day

  • December 19, 2013 - 9:37 AM

Canterbury Park officials have announced the race track's 2014 stakes schedule, which includes 24 races with purses totaling more than $1.8 million.

The third running of the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, the richest race of the season, will be held on September 13, the final day of the 69-day race meet. The 21st Minnesota Festival of Champions, a day dedicated to horses bred in the state, is August 31.

In a press release, Canterbury's vice president of racing Eric Halstrom said: “The Mystic Lake Derby was re-positioned to September in hopes of attracting horses that have returned to the Midwest after competing in major race meets on both coasts during the summer. ... This is another step in making the Mystic Lake Derby a premier race on the national racing scene.”

The complete stakes schedule is here.

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