Bassett hound races

Bassett hound races will return to Canterbury Park this summer.

Canterbury Park is hosting its third annual Father’s Day Basset Hound Races between thoroughbred horse races Sunday, June 16 at the Shakopee racetrack.

The races are non-wagering and will consist of 72 hounds competing in six heats.

The basset hound races are part of a canine lineup at Canterbury that began on May 26 with the Annual Running of the Bulldogs, which attracted more than 16,000 fans, one of the largest crowds of the year. Still to come are weiner dog races on July 27 and corgis August 18.

Twelve of the fastest dogs from each of the four days of racing will return to Canterbury to compete in the Bark in the Park Championship on Sept. 2.

The first horse race this Sunday is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Free face painting and pony rides will be available to children. Kids 17 and under are admitted for free at every racing day at Canterbury and adult admission is $9 on June 16. 

Canterbury is celebrating its 25th season of live horse racing since reopening in 1995. 

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