We’ll Shoot for Thursday

Terice’s race didn’t get used for Sunday so we’re going to take a different tact and shoot for a slightly lower race on Thursday evening that has a better chance of filling. Because it would be on the turf, it would be one of the first races on the card because of the constraints of daylight these days.

Fingers crossed we go on Thursday.

MARYJEAN 5th

Admittedly that was disappointing. We got the race we wanted but we weren’t the one closing at the end. She was wide throughout which I don’t think Alex could have helped. She broke well and the horses inside didn’t clear off or back off so she was stuck and lacked any rally late.

She’ll be back, though probably t a lower level as we wind the meet down and see if we can get another photo.

Terice may or may not be back for Festival Day. Clay isn’t sure that she’ll be competitive enough in a dirt stake. She may enter on Wednesday for a race on Saturday. A bit if a bump up from where we got her, but not too much higher.

MARYJEAN Preview; Spot in Silks

MARYJEAN faces off against 7 other $10,000 claimers later today in race 3. She’ll break from post 7 for the 6 furlong dash with Alex Canchari aboard. Group 1 is in the paddock and there is room set aside for the Club in Silks.

Let’s take a look at the race:

1. SPUEY’S CABIN (Padilla/Hernandez) – She beat us the last time we faced her by a length for 2nd. Talented MN bred battled on the lead in that one before tiring late. Since that race she sprinted over the turf where she was a flat 6th.

2. CHUMASH (R. Rarick/Martin) – Did a really nice job for the Diodoro barn in Phoenix before tailing off upon coming to Canterbury. Changed barns two starts back and tired over the turf in her first start for the new connections. She back going shorter on the dirt this trip.

3. BADGE OF GLORY (Rhone/Butler) – Your 2013 Minnesota Oaks winner finds herself in claiming company again having not been able to duplicate her 3-year old success.

4. INNER GROOVE *Anderson/Martinez) – Prairie Meadows invader was claimed by Dave Anderson last out and you havwe to think at that late date he had Canterbury on his mind. This oft-claimed mare has shown flashes of early speed and I’d really like for her to showcase that again in this one.

5. SWITCHEN ER UP (Van Winkle/Eikleberry) – She was the one that wore down SPUTEY’s CABIN the last time we all faced each other. Tried the turf for two where she showed little and was claimed last out by the Van Winkle stable. Comes back to the direct for her new connections.

6. BELLS OF CONCERTO (Donlin/Carreno) – We had her beat by nearly three for 3rd the last time we were all together. Showed improvement in her last but also was running for 1/2 of today’s tag.

7. MARYJEAN (BRINSON/A CANCHARI)

8. SIMAI (Hawley/Shepherd) – Looks to be rounding into form but has been doing her rounding against lower level claimers.

The last time we ran this race SPUTEY’S CABIN and SWITCHEN ER UP battled on the front end with the latter putting SPUTEY away in the lane while we closed for 3rd. Alex mentioned after the race that it was just impossible to try and close on the racetrack that day. One question has to be: Has that track bias changed? The answer from the sprints I watched is maybe but if you’re good and you’re loose on the front end, you’ll be tough to catch.

I don’t think that these two will be alone on the front end this time, though. CHUMASH has shown some flashes of early speed while INNER GROOVE has also shown flashes of it as well. It’s my hope that these two will help force the pace between the two confirmed pacesetter and we get something to run at.

See you all at Silks, then over in the paddock as well.

GOOD LUCK!

Tour on Saturday; Racing on Sunday

MARYJEAN heads back into action on Sunday against a field of $10,000 claimers including Minnesota bred stalwart, BADGE OF GLORY. Alex Canchari is in the irons and we’ll be breaking from post 7 in the 8 horse field. The race is the 3rd and I will send out a preview on Saturday. Group 1 reloads for the paddock with hopefully no last minute surprises.

Speaking of which, TERICE is doing okay and we will be looking to run her back shortly. We are still contemplating running her on Festival Day so if we can’t get her in a race in the next week and decide we want to take on some of the top Minn breds in training, we may just work her up until Festival Day.

As far as our second tour goes, here are the directions to the stable gate area:

If you come off of 169 on Canterbury Rd, go past the track, past Culver’s and you’ll see the KMart warehouse on your right and the backside on your left. Take the next left and then your first left into the stable gate area. There is some parking available. If you can’t fit, you can park across the street near the open field, but please make sure that you are pulled as far to the side off the road as you can be.

If you haven’t sent me your RSVP to ted@grevelisracing.com for Saturday yet, please do so, there are still some spots left. We will meet you all at the stable gate at 9:30 AM. While we may wait a couple of minutes, late comers cannot be allowed entry to the backside, so please be prompt. We will check out the end of morning works, visit the admin building, go up to the pool and then head over to Clay’s barn to see our girls. Here are some ground rules to keep in mind:

- There will be a LOT of walking so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared. The tour will take about 2 hours, perhaps a bit more so be comfortable and dress for the weather;

- If you’re bringing kids, keep a close hold of them. There is a lot of potential for injury and we cannot be responsible for kids wandering off. Which leads to the next point…

- Horses have the right of way at all times. We’ll keep the group close together and make sure that we give the horses a wide berth. There will be a lot of activity this time of the morning and we need to make sure that we stay out of the way.

- When we get to Clay’s barn we will gather outside, like we did last year for those of you that went on last year’s tour. There are simply too many of us to go inside the barn. Remember that while this is a tour for us, it’s also their workplace. Juan will bring our gals out one at a time and there should be the opportunity for petting, photos and mint giving!

SCRATCH!

Not long after I hit send, Clay called and said that Terice tied up when he brought her back from the track and he had to scratch her for tonight. It’s not the end if the world by any means, but it does mean she can’t go tonight. 

For those that don’t know, “tying up” is basically a hard muscle cramp in the rear end that doesn’t relax. Clay will work with the vet to relax it and she should be good to go shortly. 

MARYJEAN is being aimed for a $10,000 claiming race on August 17, I believe is the date.