Last summer, the inept government of the State of Minnesota completely shut down over all too familiar political petty bickering that inevitably ends up hurting the very people they were elected to serve. Canterbury Park was one such entity harmed by the shutdown through no fault of their own as they are regulated by the Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC), which is a state agency. Even though Canterbury Park pays for the costs of regulation a judge ruled that the MRC must close, thus Canterbury lost a full three weeks of racing.
Well, finally Canterbury Park has some good news for the player, horsemen, and the track in advance of their summer meet opening Friday, May 18th. For starters, the State Legislature passed a bill allowing Canterbury to expand its card room from 50 to 80 tables and to increase limits per bet from $60 to $100. Further, the bill will also allow for simulcasting at the state Indian Casinos. This in turn will fuel an increase in purses.
For the player, Canterbury Park has announced a decrease in takeout on all Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers to 14%. We strongly applaud track management for their commitment to increasing mutuel payouts to the customer on Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers. This is great news for the player and we encourage you to support tracks like Canterbury Park that make an effort to improve the product for its customers.