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My teenage son and I have been reading our way through a series of mystery novels by the British author Dick Francis which all have some connection to horseracing. I've always been a fan of horseracing, watching the Triple Crown every year, and now my son shares that interest. With the shared novels and interest in horseracing as well as a horse who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, we decided there would be no better place to watch the third leg — the Belmont Stakes — than Canterbury Park.

We were both first-time attendees and made our way to the rail to watch one of the mid-afternoon races. We'd viewed many races on television and expected this to be much the same but we were BLOWN AWAY by how much better the races were in person. After the horses crossed the finish line right in front of us, my son turned to me with a huge grin and said "WOW!". That would have been enough right there to make a perfect afternoon but we had a great time, even on that rainy day, watching the saddling, getting up close and personal to the horses moving from the parade ring to the track, watching the betting, the undampened enthusiasm of the crowd, some pretty great tasting ice cream, and people watching.

Justify made history that day as a rare Triple Crown winner but that fun afternoon with my teenager will live on way longer in my memory.

Insider Tip: The entrance gate near the parade ring is the perfect spot for an up-close and personal view of the horses and jockeys as they make their way to the track.

Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park

1100 Canterbury Rd
Shakopee, MN 55379

Experience the heart-pounding excitement at Minnesota's premier year-round entertainment destination - Canterbury Park. Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing extends from mid-May through Labor Day featuring a family friendly atmosphere at a great value. Canterbury Park's Card Casino deals up…

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Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.
Prior Lake, MN 55372

The Midwest's Largest Casino and Official Casino Hotel of the Mall of America

Just 25 minutes from downtown Minneapolis or the airport

600 Luxurious Guest Rooms

24-hour Gaming Action

2,100 seat Mystic Showroom featuring top entertainment acts

Spa and…

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Running Aces Casino & Racetrack

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack

15201 Zurich Street NE
Columbus, MN 55025

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack is a cutting-edge, Las Vegas-style card room with live summer harness racing, a full-service restaurant and year-round Simulcast wagering.

The card room has a warm elegance with all of the hottest games. We have Blackjack, Pai Gow, 3- & 4-Card Poker, all…

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