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Then Canterbury Downs opened in 1985 to much fanfare. But after the initial popularity
waned and other gaming optioned opened in Minnesota, the Downs was forced to close
in 1992.

In 1994, horsemen Curtis & Randy Sampson along with Dale Schenian purchased the
track and renamed it Canterbury Park.

In 1995, Live Racing returned to Canterbury Park. Since that time, attendance for live
racing has continued to grow, as Canterbury Park has re-introduced the casual fan to
Live Racing.


On June 4, 2012 Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community announced a 10-year cooperative marketing and purse enhancement agreement that will inject $75 million into
the horsemen’s purse fund. The agreement also includes annual payments to Canterbury Park totaling $8.5 million over the 10 years that will be used for joint marketing efforts between the two
properties. Purses in 2012 increased by nearly 35% compared to 2011 levels and purses in 2014, more than $13 million, were at a record high.




In 2000, the Minnesota Legislature authorized a Card Club at Canterbury Park with
a significant portion of the proceeds dedicated to increasing live racing purses. The
Canterbury Card Club became the home for Texas Hold’em, Blackjack and other poker
and casino games in Minnesota. The impact was felt almost immediately during the 2000
live racing season with a pair of 10% purse increases, sending total purses paid up by
26.6% over the previous year.





  1999      209,273  
  2000      232,604  
  2001      244,590  
  2002      265,363  
  2003      302,771  
  2004      333,457  
  2005      344,753  
  2006      359,230  
  2007      373,130  
  2008     360,987  
  2009     339,852  
  2010     363,244  
  2011     344,021  
  2012     408,870  
  2013     459,276  
  2014     432,531  
















Located on 385 acres in Shakopee, Minnesota; 25 minutes from downtown Minneapolis;
15 minutes from the Mall of America and Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.