Minnesota Racehorse Engagement Project, Canterbury Offer New Ownership Options for 2021

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As temperatures start to rise in Minnesota, so does the excitement for the 2021 racing season at Canterbury Park. The Midwestern track, which opens on May 18, has a multitude of exciting opportunities for trainers, horses, and now future owners. Thanks in part to the relationships built with multiple ownership groups, both national and local, horse racing fans will have easy entry to the exciting experience of being a Thoroughbred racehorse owner.

The Minnesota Racehorse Engagement Program (MNREP) is promoting several ownership opportunities on their website www.RacehorseMinnesota.com in 2021 that will provide easy and affordable entry to Thoroughbred racehorse ownership.

One of these opportunities is provided by the 2021 Canterbury Park Racing Club. The Canterbury Racing Club, which was the first racing club introduced in the United States, has partnered with Wasabi Ventures Stables in 2021 to provide more horsepower via this one-of-a-kind club. Interested parties can experience owning a stable of racehorses at Canterbury Park for an all-inclusive one-time membership fee of $250. Membership offers several additional benefits at the track including free season’s pass, special events, and educational opportunities. 

“The Canterbury Racing Club is a great way to introduce racehorse ownership to someone who wants to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership, learn more about ownership in general, and who enjoys the sociability of being part of a group of racing fans,” explains Joe Scurto, executive director for MNREP.

Empire Racing Stables returns to Canterbury after finishing 2019 as the leading owner of the meet. The club looks to utilize the knowledge of three high winning percentage Canterbury Park trainers: Robertino Diordoro, Bernell Rhone, and Karl Broberg. The group races across the country and prides itself on organized gatherings for fun times with owners to get to know one another and enjoy the horses. Ownership opportunities start at $100.

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Rocket Wrench Racing offers opportunity for new owners to enjoy the claiming game by claiming horses for their partnership while working alongside their trainer, Karl Broberg. The group is made mostly of fellow Minnesotans who enjoy getting together at the track to watch their horses and support their home state’s track. Five-percent ownership opportunities sell for $2,500.

“We look to claim horses with a proven record of success and then enter those horses in races where they can be competitive, and win,” Rocket Wrench Racing Manager Justin Revak said.

Ironhorse Racing Stable heads north for the first time, bringing their passion for success and for the horse to Canterbury Park in 2021. The group, known for campaigning multiple graded stakes winner Bucchero and Breeders’ Cup entrant Momos, is looking to start a 2-year-old at Canterbury Park for owners located in or around Minnesota, then continue racing the horse nationally, should he be successful.

Wasabi Ventures Stables will also offer their ever-expanding ownership opportunities, aside from the Canterbury Racing Club, and will be racing for the second year at Canterbury Park. Alongside trainer Tony Rengstorf, Wasabi-owned horses hit the board in five out of six starts in 2020 and they look to improve on that record in 2021. Ownership with Wasabi can range from as little as a half-percent to as much as 4.99%. Most investments start at under $200.

A recent addition to the menu of managed groups racing their horses at Canterbury this year is Grevelis Racing Stable.  The longtime local group is woven into the very fabric of racing at Canterbury. Managed by Ted and Heather Grevelis, the group offers larger percentage ownership opportunities as well as a track record of success at Canterbury dating back to 2005. Ten-percent ownership shares are listed at $2,000.

Racing kicks off at Canterbury Park on May 18 and will run through Sept 16. The racing partnerships are currently accepting new partners, and more information can be found on the MNREP website: http://racehorseminnesota.com.

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