A rich legacy of horsing around at Canterbury Park
video report by Dawn Mitchell
SHAKOPEE, Minn. (KMSP) -
Father's Day at Canterbury Park holds a special meaning this year as the Sampson family celebrates new-found success and also a rich legacy as Canterbury celebrates its 20th anniversary.
"Some people think that it's just a family investment, but there's a lot of other shareholders and we've enjoyed having them," board chairman of Canterbury Park Holding Corp. Curt Samspon said. "There had been a lot of money lost, and I think the year before we took it over, they lost $10 million."
After a successful deal with the Mdewakanton Sioux Community, it's injecting $75 million into the purse over 10 years. This year's purses have risen to about $13 million, breeding has risen and all 1600 stalls are full.
"The main thing is the people, it's such a community, and these people that come every day that there's racing, you see the same people and some will tell you, 'I've been here every day that the racing has been on,'" Sampson said.