Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, is now betting against slot machines at the state's horse-racing tracks.Garofola authored racino legislation last session, but has recently had a change of heart. Racino supporters wanted slot machines installed at Canterbury Park and Running Aces, Minnesota's two ... More >>
Longtime Twin Cities radio personality George Chapple, known affectionately by his friends and fans as Dark Star, was found dead at his Minnetonka home earlier today. He was 66 years old. Dark Star worked at WCCO-AM for a quarter of a century, echoing the plainspoken, honest voices of the passionate ... More >>
With the Minnesota government shutdown less than 36 hours away, a critical ruling from Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin has finally given people an idea of what a shutdown means: Gov. Mark Dayton's minimalist view of the core functions of government that would keep running during a shutdown. ... More >>
Pour-over pots: Changes are brewing at Dunn Bros Coffee Lab...About a year ago, Dunn Bros. owners took over a former franchise at University Ave and 280 and turned it into an experimental shop--or coffee lab. No more coffee as commodity: the focus is now on tailored brewing and made-to-order ... More >>
Play-by-play announcer opens up about his past and future
Horse racing and wine go together, like, uh, well, we didn't really know they went together until we heard about Canterbury Uncorked, which takes place tomorrow night at Canterbury Downs. The event pairs live racing with wine tasting (bottomless glasses of wine from Shakopee Wine Cellars) and ... More >>
This week we have an early Cinco de Mayo celebration, mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby, and our favorite Art in Bloom event.
John AuteyStarting Gate Productions is shutting down after its final production: Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker (running through May 16), a smart and engaging story about convicts in Australia's penal colony finding unforeseen nobility through staging a play. Starting Gate artistic ... More >>
We'd hate to be one of those ostrich jockeys that gets pinned under an oversized bird.
Instead of cheering on your favorite thoroughbred, you could be watching the most awkward animal races ever. Just imagine galloping camels and tumbling ostriches.
The Kentucky Derby's a great excuse to make some weird, delicious food you've never heard of.
Pi Press gossip columnist Charley Walters offered up this nugget in today's paper:
Horseracing guru Steve Davidowitz will be on the show around 11 a.m. P.A. says he likes Tiago, Dominica, and Great Hunter.
The Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland was the kind of race that would make you turn around and start scanning the box seats for a smiling John Gotti, smoking a cigar and shaking hands with his associates.
The voice on the other end sounded groggy. Demko was either in an opium den or incredibly bored with what he was doing. "Are you watching the ponies motherfucker?" Small pause. "Oh, oh yeah those races are today aren't they?"
The redoubtable Garwood B. Jones, best known for his Wolves-related commentary in this spot, has sent forth some lengthy, informative (and undoubtedly misguided) commentary on Saturday's race.
It's down to the final three weekends of racing at Canterbury Park. This Sunday is the "Festival of Champions," an annual event for the top Minnesota-bred horses. There's a slew of big money (by Canterbury standards) stakes races with a total purse of $320,000. Entries haven't been finalized yet, ... More >>
Saturday's Belmont Stakes doesn't seem to be generating a whole lot of enthusiasm. Folks have become spoiled in recent years with a surfeit of potential Triple Crown winners heading into the final leg, most recently Smarty Jones and Funny Cide. But there also seems to be a general consensus that th ... More >>
For the first time ever Canterbury Park's opening meet will coincide with the running of the Kentucky Derby. It should make for a fabulous day out at the track. Post time is 1:30 p.m. Bellamy Road is obviously the beast to beat in the 20-horse Derby field. The George Steinbrenner-owned thoroughbred ... More >>
The build-up to the Kentucky Derby hits full stride this weekend with the running of the Wood Memorial, the Illinois Derby and, most significantly, the Santa Anita Derby. The big story at Santa Anita is Sweet Catomine. The big-ass filly and sire of super-stud Storm Cat is currently the 7-5 favorite ... More >>
Starting gate labors over Steinbeck's dust-bowl epic
'Seabiscuit' keeps its big winner in the stable
Beyond the grandstand at Canterbury Park, where horseracing isn't the only religion
A day at the track with the P.J. O'Rourke of horseracing
The betting favorite in the upcoming Run for the Roses is undefeated--and somewhat politically incorrect.
Where the winners are losers and the losers are glue