Eric Halstrom grew up in Bloomington and had two sports passions as a young athlete — baseball and soccer. But he attained an appreciation for the sport of horseracing while attending Canterbury Park regularly with his parents during his childhood and teen years.
Halstrom attended high school at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield. He attained all-conference and all-state honors as the Stars’ starting shortstop before heading off to college at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Halstrom studied business at Mankato before finishing college and receiving a degree in the University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program. His first job at Canterbury Park was as a mutuel manager in 1997 before he decided to accept the vice president and general managerial positions at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans from 2008 to 2013. Halstrom returned to Canterbury to supervise all departments associated with racing as VP of Racing Operations in 2014.