NEVVY RACES SATURDAY NIGHT
What a weekend! One of the biggest days of racing of the summer is Saturday night, the Northern Lights Racing Festival. There will be five stakes races worth $500,000 including the Mystic Lake Derby and the Lady Canterbury. In addition to our own local trainers, nationally renowned trainers Michael Maker, Mark Casse, Steve Asmussen, Michele Boyce and Joan Scott have entered horses for the evening. Our very own trainer even has a horse in the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, Cowboy Creed.
Kicking off the evening will be a maiden special weight going 7.5 furlongs over the turf course which will feature our girl, I Never Give Up. Riding Nevvy in the opener will be Canterbury Park Hall of Famer Scott Stevens – a wizard on the turf and a tremendous hand with younger, inexperienced horses.
Though we are checking, on a big night it is unlikely that we will have a spot – but I will confirm when I post the race preview.
Here are the details:
– We will meet you all at the stable gate between 9:00 – 9:15 AM. While we may wait a couple of minutes, late comers cannot be allowed entry to the backside, so please be prompt. The stable gate is located on Barenscheer (sp) Rd. If you’re approaching Canterbury from 169, go straight through the lights instead of turning left at the Canterbury sign. The backside will be on your left. Take the first left and then the first left again. That is the stable entrance. You can park along the side there or along Barensheer on the grass. Please make sure that you are off the road.
– We will check out the end of morning works, go to the administration building and then swing by the barn:
– There will be a LOT of walking so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared. The tour will take about 2 hours, perhaps a bit more so be comfortable and dress for the weather. We will be crossing the exit off the track to get to the trainer’s stand – be aware that it is deep and sandy. There are rest rooms in the admin building and not along the way, so plan accordingly;
– If you’re bringing kids, keep a close hold of them. There is a lot of potential for injury and we cannot be responsible for kids wandering off. Which leads to the next point…
– Horses have the right of way at all times. We’ll keep the group close together and make sure that we give the horses a wide berth. There will be a lot of activity this time of the morning and we need to make sure that we stay out of the way.
– When we get to the barn and our horses are brought out for us, please mind the stable folks that bring them out. Please don’t crowd and listen to their instructions. Both horses are very sweet BUT they are still horses and there will be a lot of people.
– If you go to take pictures with them, please don’t dawdle. We want to make sure that everyone gets a chance with them!