Reporter/Columnist | Sports

An Iowa native, Blount is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She has won numerous state and national writing awards. Her favorite stories to tell are those that convey the emotion and humanity of sports. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Pat Borzi, who also is a sportswriter.


Canterbury Park opens 28th season to summery success

Two stakes races welcomed back fans to the track in Shakopee, so many that more programs had to be printed. A total of $139,300 was wagered on track.


Canterbury Park opens season Wednesday with two stakes races

Among the changes this season will be the return of Saturday racing, with first post at 5 p.m.


Gophers club gymnastics team finishes fourth at nationals

Yaroslav Owens-Pochinka won the GymACT national title on still rings, while Kellen Ryan was sixth in the all-around. Both earned All-America honors.


One year after the Gophers cut men's gymnastics, 'We're not going away'

Longtime coach Mike Burns now runs the program as a club, and it's heading into a new national meet Saturday.


Minnesota horse Zandon won't race in the Preakness or Belmont

Zandon's owner, Jeff Drown of St. Cloud, has the horse pointed toward the Travers Stakes. Derby winner Rich Strike won't race in the Preakness, either.


Minnesota to Churchill Downs: A horse owner's Derby dream trip

Barry and Joni Butzow of Eden Prairie had made the annual pilgrimage to Kentucky Derby for 20 years. But this time was different: They finally had a horse in the race. This is the up-close story of their Derby Week


Long shot Rich Strike, at 81-1, wins Kentucky Derby; Zandon places third

The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby went off Saturday on a cool day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Rich Strike, an 81-1 long shot who was an alternate until Friday morning, pulled off a monumental upset over the field of 20.


Prat, aboard Zandon, surprised as anyone to be overtaken in Kentucky Derby

Four undercard wins may have stoked his confidence with third-place colt Zandon, but no one saw Rich Strike's closing kick coming.


This Kentucky Derby sets up as a Minnesota spectacle with Zandon and Zozos

Race day could be emotional for St. Cloud's Jeff Drown, owner of Zandon, and Eden Prairie's Joni and Barry Butzow, owner of Zozos.


Kentucky Derby: TV, facts about the race, Minnesota connections and more

Kentucky Derby week is here, and two Minnesota-owned horses will be in the running. Here's a primer on everything you need to know.