The holding company that owns and operates a thoroughbred horse racing track; Canterbury Park, has announced that it will re-open for business and horse racing will restart at the venue following Minnesota Racing Commission approval.
The track has been closed for a period of downtime following the Covid-19 pandemic as a preventative measure that has heavily impacted the gaming and betting industry, including racetracks and casinos.
Racing will resume tomorrow on the 10th June 2020 and a limited number of people will be able to enter and watch the live races along with partake in simulcast wagering.
As part of Covid-19 measures, the casino property will remain closed a further week as to allow for a phased re-opening of operations in the area, with an expected re-opening date of around 15th June 2020.
The firm behind the popular racetrack has said that they are delighted to be able to announce the re-opening and begin the live racing season in Minnesota and thanked the Governor for his role in restarting operations.
Randy Sampson of Canterbury Park spoke out about the announcement:
“We are appreciative of Governor Walz’ recent Executive Action which allows for a limited number of spectators for our live racing and simulcast operations and also paves the way for the anticipated partial resumption of our Card Casino operations early next week.
Our team has worked diligently with state officials, the MRC and the Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association to prepare for the 2020 meet, which will feature 52 days of live racing Monday through Thursday between June 10 and September 16.
We are also pleased to have entered into an amendment to our cooperative marketing and purse agreement with SMSC which provides support for the live race meet that is critical to the horsemen and the Minnesota racing industry”
In addition, Sampson elaborated on details of the phased re-opening and what it means to him and the racetrack since the closure in March 2020:
“Live racing and pari-mutuel wagering, which will be closely followed by our Card Casino, are the first steps in our phased reopening of Canterbury Park following the state-mandated shutdown in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We plan to approach all of our re-opened operations with a measured, safety-first approach as we implement a variety of sanitation and social distancing protocols designed to promote the safety of our team members, customers and patrons, the horsemen and the horses.”
As part of the re-opening plans, Canterbury Park has been working behind the scenes to implement a comprehensive health and safety strategy to ensure social distancing, sanitisation and safety of customers and employees.
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