Canterbury Park: 2023 Season Handicapping Primer

The 2023 racing season at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park kicks off Saturday and races through September 16. First post will be 6 pm ET on Saturday with matinee posts following Sunday and Memorial Day Monday.

You can get the 1/ST BET AI picks alongside local expert handicappers each racing day here.

For those of you handicapping Canterbury with the 1/ST BET app, the official app of Canterbury Park, the following individual handicapping factors had the most local success a season ago from more than 500 races:

Avg. Speed Last 3
Avg. Best 2 of Last 3 Speed
Last Purse
Best Speed Last 3
Trainer Current Meet

As you can see, the Speed factors shine brightest and should be given extra weight. Canterbury’s main track certainly is on the quick side comparatively to other tracks of its quality, and early speed is most always an asset there. The turf course is lush and fair and welcomes a stronger cast there annually than the main.


Canterbury’s Midwestern location draws horses from all over the southern United States migrating north to compete. According to the Betmix database from 1/ST, the following last-prep locales are provided with their Canterbury win percentages for the past 2 years:

Louisiana Downs 0% (0-13)
Delta Downs 9%
Will Rogers Downs 11%
Lone Star 13%
Oaklawn 14%
Turf Paradise 15%

Beyond the southern raiders, note these win percentages for midwestern shippers to Canterbury:

Prairie Meadows 13%
Hawthorne 17%
Horseshoe Indianapolis 20%


Canterbury Trainers to Watch (Past 2 Years Meet Stats):

Mac Robertson (123 wins, 20%)
Joel Berndt (99 wins, 25%)
Robertino Diodoro (73 wins, 26%)
Tony Rengstorf (62 wins, 17%, + $66.40)
Karl Broberg (41 wins, 27% overall; on turf 29% with + $26.80)


Canterbury Jockeys to Watch (Past 2 Years Meet Stats)

Lyndie Wade (128 wins, 18%)
Ry Eikleberry (112 wins, 21%)
Alonso Quinonez (97 wins, 17%)
Luis Fuentes (83 wins, 17%)
Harry Hernandez (79 wins, 20%)
On Turf: Jermaine Bridgmohan (18 wins, 21%, + $79.00)

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