Canterbury Park 2021 Racing Season Opens – by Howard Kravets

Note: Howard Kravets, the newest member of writers for the ITM Blog, is the creator/producer/host of the “HHH Racing Podcast” and a horseplayer / handicapper for over 25 years, specializing in Pick 4’s and Pick 5’s. Howard has had success in live money contests sponsored by NYRA and Xpressbet, as well as online contests such as Horseplayers “Pick and Prays” and Stable Duel. He is the only 3-time guest on the Matt Bernier Show as handicapper for the Friday Feature segment. You can find the “HHH Racing Podcast” You Tube Channel HERE or type “Howard’s Horse Handicapping” in the YT search bar. Please subscribe and comment. Follow Howard on twitter @hkravets.

Canterbury Park, just outside Minneapolis, will begin its 2021 racing season tomorrow (Tuesday). One of the most underrated and family-friendly tracks in the country, Canterbury Park will have some exciting changes this meet that will be of great interest to horseplayers during its 65 race dates.

The track races Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday through September 16th, with the first Sunday time beginning May 30th. Post time for Tuesday-Thursday will be a convenient 6PM EST for you late afternoon/nighttime players, and 2pm EST Sundays.

According to Jeff Maday, Head of Media Relations, the daily purse structure will average over $200,000. This amount will exceed pre-pandemic levels from 2019. In addition, a player-friendly takeout of only 10% in the $1 Pick 6 (NOT a rainbow) and 50c Pick 5 should create terrific handle and national interest. The 10% takeout at Canterbury is the lowest for these horizontal wagers in the country. Estimated Pick 5 pools should approach close to $100,000 daily. We will cover the bet extensively within this blog along with daily selections/analysis.

Also this year, Canterbury will sponsor the inaugural “$120,000 BCBC Big Ten Handicapping Contest.” 10 BCBC and 2 NHC seats will be up for grabs, along with over $10,000 in cash prizes. There will be feeder events through Horseplayers, Xpressbet, etc., culminating in the Championship Round on Closing Day, Sept. 16th. For more information, go HERE .

In addition to returning champion Ry Eikleberry, the jockey colony will be strong, with newcomers Ty Kennedy, Lindy Wade, Alex Canchari, and brothers Ruben and Luis Fuentes coming in to ride from the West Coast. Kennedy will be first call for Robertino Diodoro, who has a full barn this year and should be a major factor in the trainer standings. Veterans Alonso Quinonez, Dean Butler, and Eddie Martin Jr. will add experience to the already talented colony.

On the training side, mainstays Joel Berndt and Mac Robertson will try to continue their winning ways, but it won’t be easy this season. Diodoro, along with 2008 returnee Justin Evans, will be a strong factor with their shed row full of dirt and turf runners. Evans has been a dominant force this spring at Turf Paradise in Arizona and will look to continue that trend at Canterbury.

The great mix of full fields on dirt and turf (1st card drew 86 horses for the nine-race program), along with many betting opportunities and family-style promotions such as their famous Corgi dog races, Extreme Days, and fireworks, will make Canterbury a must play for bettors and patrons looking for a mid-level track that offers everything this summer. For more information, visit

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