2015 Clubbers: Rollover Is Here!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here: the 2015 Club is closed, the rollover amount is calculated and we can now get 2016 fully underway. Clay is in Hot Springs, Arkansas toiling at Oaklawn and has already procured a horse for the Alumni Group (Ventures Galore for those of you following at home). Starting in March we will be looking for a horse(s) for the 2016 Club to call our own!

We finished up 2015 with 15 starts with 3 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds. TENS WILD was obviously the star of the stable, picking up all three wins. Total purse earnings were $40,200.

While we didn’t set any records this year, we still managed to finish up the year with a balance of $35,594.77 or $211.65 per person (final financials attached). Still not the breakeven year we are shooting for, but we did get to 85% of the way there.

For those of you returning for 2016, please return the attached form and the balance of $38.35 and the $211.65 will automatically be credited to your 2016 fee.

If you are not returning, please notify either Jeff (jmaday@canterburypark.com) or I (ted@grevelisracing.com) as soon as possible so we can have your check cut and sent to you. The deadline is February 28. If we do not hear from you by February 28 you will automatically be issued a check and will not be a part of the 2016 Club, so if you want to come back – and we hope you do! – please make sure to return the rollover form at the bottom of this page with your check so you’re not left out!

Thanks for being a part of the Club this year and we hope to see you again this summer!

CRC 2015 Running financials – Year End

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Rollover Is Coming

For all you members waiting on the amount coming back to you from 2015, we are almost there. I FINALLY spoke to a live person at the vet’s office and, after some lively conversation, was promised that a bill was being sent our way immediately. With a little luck we could have the bill to us by Saturday and, after some account reconciliation, have the total early next week (if not before).

While we won’t break even this year, it is again going to be close!

Thanks, again, for participating and we look forward to seeing you all again in May!

2016 Club Sign Up Time!

If you’ve been a member in the past you already know this information but if you’ve been following along wondering when you would get a chance to join up – this is for you.

Members will pay $250 to join the Club. There are no additional fees and the only additional expense will be if we are fortunate enough to get into the Winners’ Circle, there will be small charge for a photo.

The Club ends at the end of 2016 or when we have sold off our horses. As an example, in 2013 we closed in November because our last horse was claimed then and it made no sense to claim a horse for only a few weeks. Last year, however, we raced straight until December 30th before we had our horse claimed away.

Members get admission to Canterbury Park for the season as well as, if available, a special location to watch the races, rotating paddock access and – again, if we’re lucky – access to the Winners’ Circle. We will conduct a few backstretch tours during the season as well so we can visit the barns and get a glimpse at life on the backside.

You get to follow YOUR horse(s) during the year!

Members can only get back as much money as they put in. This is a not for profit venture and is used as an educational experience to get people familiar with all the ins and outs of race horse ownership and “pull back the curtain”, if you will, and de-mystify the game.

We’re launching our “open enrollment” period, if you will. We’ll be looking to close out by February 28, 2016. Admittedly this is a bit later than previous years, but that is a function of racing so late in the year last year and having time to close out 2015. Clay Brinson will once again be our trainer. Clay is operating this winter season at Oaklawn Park so we have a little bit of a twist this season as in past years we tried to claim out of Hawthorne Race Course.

I will be posting again once we close out 2015 and will have the rollover form available at that time as well. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later!

Sign up forms are at the bottom of this post. Please let us know if you have any questions either by leaving a comment here or contacting us directly at ted@grevelisracing.com or jmaday@canterburypark.com.

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More TENS Photos

Thanks to Four Footed Fotos for these photos of TENS WILD. All are available for purchase at their website: http://www.fourfootedfotos.com. I do have to let you all know that because the photos are copyrighted it is illegal for commercial printers (Walmart, CVS, Staples, etc) to print these for you.

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We should be receiving Clay’s final bill anytime. However I had to call and leave a message with the vet to get us a bill so we can close out. We will talk this weekend about the 2016 Club and how can start to proceed so as not to let the process lag, though I know it is very beneficial to you all to know how much you are getting back and can roll over to the 2016 Club.

As soon as I can close this out, I will. This is the clear downside of racing right until the end of the year but we’ll wrap it up as soon as possible! Thankfully we did get to end on a winning note!

Close On A Winning Note!

Under the rail at the wire.  Photo courtesy FOUR FOOTED FOTOS

Under the rail at the wire. Photo courtesy FOUR FOOTED FOTOS

Congratulations, 2015 Clubbers!

What a great way to end the season. TENS WILD wins going away under very confident handling by Julio Felix. He stalked the longshot through the first turn and down the backside just on his outside flank. When the leader began to tire, Julio let him go and TENS drew off to win by 6 over the muddy track.

Tens was also claimed out of the race for $8,000 by trainer John Haran. It worked out well for the Club. We did have a deal in place to sell Tens for $5,000 after the race but this worked out better for as we got $8,000 for him. He leaves us in good form and sound.

Much thanks to Clay, Juan, our grooms, exercise riders and jockeys for another great year! While we won’t break even, we’re going to be close again! Hopefully we’ll be closed out by 1/15 and let you all know what the roll over for the 2016 Club is going to be.

To order winners’ circle photos from Four Footed Fotos, please go to their website at: www.fourfootedfotos.com.

Race Preview: 2015 Finale

As the snow winds down outside so does our 2015 racing season for the Racing Club. TENS WILD will take on five challengers Wednesday afternoon at Hawthorne in the 3rd race (about 1:50pm CT). The weather is calling for some snow showers but shouldn’t be enough to derail racing.

Here is a look at the field:

1 Regimented (Williamson/Bielby) – His off the turf efforts haven’t been terrific. He’s sliding a bit in class and will need a lot going on up front as a deep closer.

2 Four Left Feet (Young/Perez) – Finished ahead of TENS two starts back coming from a bit off the pace. In his last race he showed a new – well dormant – dimension, taking to the front but couldn’t hold on late. This kind of flexibility is certainly helpful.

3 Weekend Special (Haran/Montalvo) – A front runner that should add some pace to this small field. Climbing up from $5000 without winning, this guy may be at a class disadvantage.

4 Archybdancing (Aguilar/Emigh) – Another that has shown flexibility with his running style. Dropping in from state bred allowance races, his last win was up against $5000 claimers at Arlington.

5 TENS WILD (BRINSON/FELIX)

6 Bahnke (Haran/Santiago) – Second Haran trainee in the race which probably helped get this race to go. Been running against state bred company in Indiana and run respectably at times including a win in a $15,000 nw3.

There are 4 IL breds and 2 IN breds, making this nearly a defacto state bred race (without the extra money – no state bred money available under $10,000 claiming). With the uncertainty of which running style is going to be adopted by a third of the field, it’s hard to get a feel for the shape of this race. That said, TENS is coming into the race off a bullet workout and should be able to settle nicely behind whomever heads to the lead. Heck, he even seized the lead in a paceless race here at Hawthorne in our 2nd start here this year and managed to win handily. He’s ready, dropping in class and isn’t facing a formidable field so while I feel pretty good going into it, the race could get sneaky with Bahnke (5 of 7 races in the exacta at Hawthorne) on the outside of TENS, seeing what Archybdancing’s real class level is on his inside and just how good is Four Left Feet.

Good luck everyone and thanks for a great year!

Last Start on Wednesday

TENS WILD will make his last start for this year’s Canterbury Racing Club on Wednesday afternoon at Hawthorne Race Course. The race is the 3rd, an $8,000 claiming affair going a mile and a sixteenth with Julio Felix aboard. He’ll break from post position five in a short six horse field. Post time will be approximately 1:50 PM.

TENS is listed as the 9/5 favorite and a cursory look at the PPs confirms that should be the case – if you can draw a line through his last race.

If he is not claimed, we have a buyer lined up to make the purchase from us on the 31st so we will be horseless by 1/1 as mandated by our charter.

A preview will be up in the next day or two.

GOOD LUCK ALL!