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Thursday, September 10, 2015


Over the Labor Day Weekend my friend Connie and I went to Canterbury Park, in Shakopee, MN, for the horses races.  We’ve been doing this each summer for the past three years when she visits, and have really been enjoying it.  We’re not big bettors – always placing the $2.00 bets, but we love to try our luck at picking horses we like, and betting on them to either “place” or “show” (we’re not quite brave enough yet to bet on them to “win”).

Connie’s visits are usually filled with lots fun activities, and our visit to Canterbury Park is one of our favorite things to do.  I grew up raising horses, and have always loved watching the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes on television.  While we raised Arabians rather than Thoroughbreds, I would still get caught up in the racing magic, and that childhood magic carries over to my visits to the track today.

This weekend is the last weekend for live racing at Canterbury Park for the season, and if you haven’t been there, I encourage you to make the trip out to the track.  The races are always fun and exciting, and as an extra bonus, there is free admission this weekend.

Following our day at Canterbury Park, we stopped by Matt's Bar for dinner. As always, we dined on Jucy Lucys, a double patty burger stuffed with American cheese. The original location of the Jucy Lucy debate has been going on for decades, and it really is a matter of personal taste which camp you fall into – Matt’s or the 5 8 Club, but for me, the winner will always be Matt’s.

Finally we topped off the evening with ice cream from my favorite ice cream shop, Sebastian Joe's, a Minneapolis icon. Once again, I had my favorite flavor, Salty Caramel.  It’s so delicious!

The day was busy, but fun-filled and exciting, and was the perfect balance, of horses, Lucys, and Joe’s. In short, it was a perfect day.

***Are you a horse racing fan?

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