SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Pamplona, Spain, the running of the Bulls, but a Twin Cities race track has its own popular tradition.
This is the fourth year of the implementation of the Bulldogs at Canterbury Park, and 48 dogs took part in the canine competition to see which one would come out on top.
There is nothing in the playbook for Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur and his wife, Jennifer, to help their five-year-old bulldog, Penny win the Super Bowl of dogs.
“I don’t know if they are still going to run. This will be her first race, and we have not trained her so we will see how she does,” Shurmur said.
She is one of the four dozen dogs with an unbridled passion for beating the odds.
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“We have not placed bets, but I think some of our friends have probably bet against us,” bulldog owner, Wendy Beck said.
Canterbury Park came with the race a few years ago to attract a different audience. Little did they know, that was the start for a new tradition.
“We did it is world animal day today for a while. It is popular with families and children. We wanted to appeal to people who can not come to the track for a different reason,” Canterbury Park Vice President of Marketing John Green said.
Some dogs are natural sprinters right out of the gate, while others, such as three-year-old Chesty could not bear to stop after their race was run.
“I knew that he would worry about the finish, but after that I knew not whether I could catch him or stop him. Maybe he’ll walk around the entire track? I don’t know,” Chesty the owner of Jenny Price said.
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