Independence day racing at Canterbury Park featured horses, dachshunds and a hot dog eating contest

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Oscar wins the preliminary race for the annual Wiener Dog race at Canterbury Park. Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

There was an abundance of hot dogs and competitions at Canterbury Park for their annual Independence Day festivities.  Over 14,000 fans took part in the festivities that included horses, winerdogs and a hot dog eating contest.  This is the first fourth of July day of racing in the since 2010 as the races were cancelled due to the Minnesota government shut down in 2011 and postponed in 2012 due to excessive heat.  There was no shortage of action on this year’s gorgeous Minnesota 4th of July.  See the complete list of winners on Daily Racing Forum and read their Canterbury Park articles.

Racing Highlights

  • Race 3 – 11-1 Mogilny upset the heavily favored Bourbon County, a 1-5 favorite heading into the race.
  • The wiener dog practice race was won by perennial favorite Oscar.  Oscar dominated the final round of the 2012 Dachshund Dash and looks to continue his winning ways on Labor Day, the preliminary and final rounds will be run throughout the day.  Don’t miss it, these pint-sized pooches come with attitude and spunk.
  • Race 5 – Oughterson broke the one mile, 70 yard turf track record in a race taking only 1 minute 39 seconds.  The turf track was listed as fast and that is exactly what it has been all day, very fast.
  • Race 7 – The six furlong turf track record was broken by El Seventyseven in 55:12 seconds.  The previous record was held less than 24 hours.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report as we will be covering Jungle Boy Boxing on Saturday.  You can find more information about Saturday’s event here.