Friday, July 24, 2009

Racing World Decends on Canterbury Park for Claiming Crown

Canterbury Park - Shakopee, MN

Living in the Twin Cities area myself, I can tell you that Canterbury Park is not the A Game of American Thoroughbred Racing. Still, most summers over the last eleven years, Canterbury Park has played host to what is pretty much the Breeders' Cup for claiming horses, the $600,000 Claiming Crown. The center of the country location and this track's hearty support of the event have made Canterbury Park a natural choice to be a frequent host of this event which will be held on Saturday.

A strong roster of top jockeys are in town for the Claiming Crown. They include Robby Albarado, Julien Leparoux, Jeremy Rose, Jamie Theriot, E.T. Baird and Hall of Famer Russell Baze.

They are complimented by a strong contingent of trainers. They include Scott Lake, Michael Matz, Michael Maker, Bret Calhoun, Carl Nafzger and Tom Proctor.

In addition to the six Claiming Crown races, the track's richest race, the $100,000 Lady Canterbury also highlights a steller day of racing from Canterbury Park.

Here are some Horses to Watch for the Claiming Crown and Lady Canterbury.

Claiming Crown Iron Horse
Mr. Meso
Bright Hall
Calm And Collected

Claiming Crown Tiara
Love To Tell
Bartok's Bling

Claiming Crown Rapid Transit
Max Ahead
Grand Traverse
You're My Boy Blue

Claiming Crown Express
Chasing The Prize
Ready's Rocket
Who Let The Cat In

Claiming Crown Glass Slipper
Met A Miner
Margie Marie

Claiming Crown Emerald
Spicy Dubai
T Harry
Divine Master

Claiming Crown Jewel
Antrim County
Furthest Land
Glamour Guy

Lady Canterbury
Lady Carlock
Happiness Is