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Associated Press, Published May 09 2013

Minnesota's Canterbury Park opens racing season May 17

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Canterbury Park opens its 2013 horse racing season in just about a week.

The 69-day race schedule is the longest for the Shakopee track since 2006. The meet runs until Sept. 14.

This year, weeknight racing begins at 6:30 p.m., a half-hour earlier than past seasons. Racing on weekends and holidays begins at 1:30 p.m.

Canterbury's season opens May 17 with a three-day racing weekend. The Friday opening will feature the $50,000 Lady Slipper Stakes, followed by Saturday's $50,000 10,000 Lakes Stakes, as well as a simulcast of the Preakness Stakes.

The track will unveil a new infield tote board on opening night. The new tote board offers 200 feet of digital information and an 800-square-foot video screen — nearly twice the size of what it replaced. A video board also has been installed in the paddock area.

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http://www.canterburypark.com

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