MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Canterbury Park hosting Belmont Stakes simulcast
SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Thousands of horse racing fans will head to Minnesota's race track on Saturday to watch California Chrome run for the Triple Crown. Canterbury Park spokesman Jeff Mayday says racing enthusiasts are hungry for a Triple Crown winner. He says California Chrome will be the 13th horse to have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, since the last Triple Crown Winner in 1978 which was Affirmed. Between 12 and 15-thousand people are expected to be at Canterbury Park in Shakopee tomorrow(Saturday) to watch the race. California Chrome will be wearing a nasal strip made by Flair in Delano, Minnesota. Post time is 5:52 p.m. central time.
Starting today through Sunday, Minnesotans age 16 or older can take a child 15 and younger fishing without a license. The DNR's Mike Kurre says it's "Take a Kid Fishing" weekend across the state. Kurre says the average angler in Minnesota is their late 40's and it's time to get the younger kids -- hooked. He says the state is second per capita in fishing -but our aging outdoors folks are not introducing kids and younger families like in the past. For more information you can go to the DNR's website.
Governor Dayton is attending opening ceremonies of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League's 2014 championship today in Alexandria (8amstart). Nearly four-thousand student athletes from 176 schools will participate the next five days, making it the largest youth trapshooting tournament in the world. Dayton said "I congratulate the young Minnesotans who are pioneering this new high school sport, and thank the coaches, parents and school officials who help provide these opportunities to learn and compete." The legislature recently approved more than two-million dollars in trap shooting sports facility cost-share grants.