Minnesota track opens 70-day racing meet

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — Canterbury Park is about to open its 2015 racing season.

Live racing returned on May 15 to the Shakopee, Minn., track. The 70-day meet is the longest since 1992.

Racing officials estimate about $14 million in purses will be paid to horsemen, a record for Canterbury.

Weeknight racing begins at 6:30 p.m. First post on weekends and holidays is 12:45 p.m., with a few exceptions.

Canterbury’s richest post, the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, will be run Aug. 29 with first post at 4 p.m.

For the third consecutive season, Canterbury’s nearly 1,600 horse stalls will be at capacity.

The live meet runs through Sept. 12.