Ender makes his stable debut tonight for the Club and trainer Karl Broberg. We’ll be breaking from the rail in the 6.5 furlong race over the main track. The conditions of the race are: $15,000 claiming or horses that have never won a race other than maiden, claiming or starter. We qualify by virtue of being entered for the $15,000 tag – or double what we paid for him when we claimed him on the 9th – since he’s already won an allowance race in his career.
Silks looks to be available tomorrow night so we’ll have some tables set aside for Clubbers there. Keep an eye on the welcome signs when you come in. It looks like it might be wet out but we’ll be running regardless.
Group 3 (Allen – Hegseth) is in the paddock.
Here is the field for the race:
Shooters Alley (Litfin/Eikleberry) – Faded a bit in his seasonal debut but now has his legs under him and should improve off of that effort. He has shown some flexibility in running close and coming from off the pace.
Got Even Smarter (Sterling/Butler) – Had a good stalking trip in his last and even though he was 3rd beaten 7 ½ lengths, it was against a very salty group of $35,000 optional claimers. The Minnesotan is going to be tough.
Hot Item (Bethke/Martin) – First off the claim for Troy Bethke. He has been very consistent thus far this year, in the money five of six times with a win at Oaklawn. He’s coming into the race sharp and will be stabbing late.
Never Give In (Diodoro/Arrieta) – Been running in tough starters at Oaklawn Park and Prairie Meadows while also being stakes paced in Arizona to close out 2018. Should be forwardly placed early.
Forze Mau (Litfin/Roman) – Finished a solid 4th first time off the claim at Oaklawn Park two starts back though his Canterbury debut was a bit lackluster. He won’t be hustled early and will look to make a late run.
Awesome Emmit (Donlin/Goncalves) – Nebraska shipper was stakes placed at Fonner. Claimed back by Donlin after losing the horse at the end of the Canterbury meet last summer, he should be flashing speed.
Real Fast Music (Padilla/Gonzalez) – Looking to cross the wire first again after dead heating in his Canterbury debut but being disqualified to 5th. He should be close to the pace early.
On the Lam (Riecken/Goodwin) – Closer has had a rough time since the claim tried the turf last out. Returns to the main track for this race.
Ender has run solid races on the engine and coming from off the pace, you’ll recall he was a hard charging 2nd in the race that we claimed him. Quincy will have some flexibility as the race unfolds and with this only being his 3rd race back from his winter break he should be eligible to improve in this race as well.
Karl has had him in the barn twice before and was excited to be able to claim him back which is always a good thing. Ender also holds the highest last race Beyer Speed Figure if you’re a believer in that number as well. There are a lot of positives heading into the race but it’s a well matched field for the most part so we’ll have to see how the race unfolds.
See you Thursday night and best of luck!
The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association is having their second in a series of Ownership Seminars this Saturday morning at the track.
You can view the flier for details here: