State racing commission approves deal between Canterbury Park and SiouxMinnesota Sports
-- The state Racing Commission on a vote of 4-3 has approved a deal between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community.
ST. PAUL - The state Racing Commission on a vote of 4-3 has approved a deal between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community.
The tribe, with operates Mystic Lake Casino, offered to give Canterbury 75 million dollars over ten years, if the horse track would drop its push at the legislature for a "racino" with slot machines -- and Canterbury executives agreed to the deal.
The two sides also agreed to oppose any new casinos in the Twin Cities, which is a significant setback for the White Earth Tribe, which has been trying for years to break into the lucrative metro market. But White Earth Chair Erma Vizenor predicts, given the state's budget situation, gaming will not be off lawmakers' radar as a means to bring in additional revenue.