Race Preview: Ender; MTA Seminar

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:

ENDER (BROBERG/HAMILTON)

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: MTA Seminar 19

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Laura Ray 6th; End in Thursday

Although Laura Ray was 6th last night, we’re less disappointed with her performance than it looks on paper.

She broke a bit slower than we would have liked so it was difficult for Eddie to get her into good position with the rail out 30 feet (more on that below).  He angled her out to get a good run late but by the time she was able to unwind it was too late.  She did make up some ground and was slightly bothered by the six which halted any late momentum.  She obviously wasn’t going to win, but she may have been able to pick up a place or two.

She got back to the barn and drank down a full bucket of water and was pretty tired.  The race probably served as a nice tightener for her.  She certainly wasn’t outclassed and should give us a good run next time out (which I would anticipate would be about 3 weeks).

What does the rail being at 30 feet mean?

The turf course has a temporary rail that is moved in and out throughout the season.  When it is at 0 feet, the course is at it’s widest.  When it is at 30 feet, it’s narrowest.

The reason for this movement is that, unlike the dirt course, the turf course cannot just be harrowed after the races.  It gets torn up by the hooves and needs some recovery time.  By moving the rail out and then back in again, the inside paths around the track get a chance to grow back in and “heal”, keeping the track smoother and safer.

The movement of the rail does affect certain running styles, though.  When the track is at it’s widest, there is more real estate available for maneuvering, finding position and swinging wide in the lane.  At it’s narrowest it is much more difficult for a jockey to find room and harder for closers to get into position to make a run.  Horses with speed have a more distinct advantage.

This time we faced a solid group with the rail out as far it can be.  We’ll go after ’em next time!

Ender in Thursday Night

Ender came out of his race well and Karl entered him for Thursday night.  It’s a $15,000 optional claiming race over the main track at 6.5 furlongs with a purse of $30,000.  Quincy Hamilton will be on board and will break from the rail in race 7.  Paddock group 3 will be leading the charge!  We’ll be covering this more beginning next week.

We will be discussing plans for the backside tours this weekend and will hope to have a couple of dates for you by the end of the weekend.

Race Preview: Laura Ray

Welcome to race number two. Just a few days after rounding out the Club with the acquisition of Ender, we head postward with Laura Ray in Thursday’s fourth race. It’s $10,000 claiming race going 7 ½ furlongs over the turf course.

Group 2 (Group 2: Heidelberger – Mueller) will be in the paddock. We won’t know about a space for the Club until later on this evening or maybe even tomorrow. We will post it on the Club Twitter feed (@CBY_Racing_Club) and Facebook Page (Canterbury Racing Club) as soon as we know. There will also be signs up as you enter the track in case you miss it: if we don’t make the sign, we weren’t able to get a space.

After some rain early today it looks like the remainder of Wednesday and all of Thursday are going to be gorgeous so there shouldn’t be an issue with the race coming off the turf.

Here is a look at the race:

Indian Bella (Ashford/E Gonzalez) – Her first three races of 2019 had her closer up than she was in her previous races. She was outrun in her local debut but she had been off for close to 2 months so that was understandable as well as she was running at a higher level. She drops to the lowest level of her career in here and will be dangerous.

LAURA RAY (LITFIN/MARTIN)

Ryan and Madison (Scherer/Meche) – One of five Minnesotans in the race. This will be her first time on the turf and only second time going this far. Not usually speedy but, at times, horses stretching out flash early speed.

U S Express (Donlin Jr./Lindsay) – Another Minnesotan, though she is 0-6 over the turf, she does have a third place.

North of Eden (Silva/Eikleberry) – This oft-claimed mare has 2 turf seconds in 2 turf starts at Canterbury. She was facing allowance caliber horses at Remington but now making her first start in nearly 7 months. Possibly could provide some pace.

Seynatawnee (Bravo/Mawing) – Third Minnesotan was second in an open $20,000 nw2 lifetime claiming race over the Canterbury turf last year. In her best races she’s been able to sit just off the leaders. Made her seasonal debut at Will Rogers in April but had another six weeks off since.

Lookin Ata Runaway (Rengstorf/Butler) – Deep closing Minnesotan will be coming hard late with the master of pace, Dean Butler, aboard.

R J’s Silver Syd (McKinley/Goncalves) – Final Minnesotan is the tepid morning line favorite at 7/2. Is 3 for 11 over the Canterbury turf but has yet to win in open company. Showed more speed in seasonal debut than has in the past ($15K optional claimer).

Can’t Touch Me (Hornsby/Goodwin) – Fresh off the claim for trainer Tammy Hornsby, mare is 0-3 over the turf but was facing a tougher bunch in Arkansas. Back after nearly 9 weeks.

The big question we all have, I think (and Nevada mentions it in the video below), is will there be enough pace for our girl to run at late? There is no obvious early speed but there are several in here that like to be close and may inherit the lead whether they want it or not. Ideally there will be a few of those to drag the field along and give our girls something to run at late.

Laura Ray is 3 for 10 over this turf course so she’s done some winning here. She came back after 6 weeks into the race we claimed her where she did make up some ground before tiring a bit. She should be more fit after that effort and she should be able to keep coming this week providing the early pace is fair.

See you in the paddock after the replays of race 3.  Check out the short video of Ender and then Nevada talking about the race.

Welcome to the Club: Ender!

Ender Claim Day

Ender (Curlin-Added Time-Gilded Time)

Karl Broberg claimed back Ender for the Club out of the 7th race at Canterbury Sunday.  He finished a hard charging 2nd.  The claiming price was $7500.

Ender was in Karl’s barn last year where he won a few races.  Ender was claimed away but he thought enough of him to claim him right back.  He was then claimed again after a race and was raised up in price and moved to Arizona.  In his first race here this year he wasn’t eligible for a claim but when he dropped into this spot Karl wanted him back in the barn and we went for it.

He ran a nice race coming from off the pace and Karl knows how to win with him so we’ll get him back to the barn, let him recover and then get right back at it. His lifetime past performances are at the bottom.

Don’t forget that we’re racing in Thursday night’s 4th race on the turf with Laura Ray!  Group 2 is in the paddock.

Now we have a male on the dirt and a female on the turf!

Congratulations and good luck everyone!

Ender Lifetime PPs

Outshook; Laura Ray on Thursday

We’ll start with the not so good news.   Karl was looking to claim Stephen’s Answer last night.  He ran a really good race, showed speed and grit and finished strongly to prevail by a head.  Unfortunately, three other trainers had the same idea and all four of us filled out claim slips on her.  That lead to a “shake”.

If you recall from the claiming video posted earlier, four numbered balls were dropped into a jug, the numbers matching up with the claim slips.  The just is shaken and the first ball out wins the horse.  In this case, the horse went to owner Rodney Miller and trainer Troy Bethke.  We wish them the best and we’ll continue to look for that second horse.

Laura Ray came out of her race really well.  She bounced back quickly, which was to be expected out of a bit of a layoff, and Nevada feels that she’s ready to go.  We entered her today for Thursday night.  The race filled and will go as the fourth race on the card.

She’s moving up slightly to a $10,000 claiming race going 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf.  She will be breaking from post 2 with Eddie Martin Jr. aboard.  Thursday looks to be sunny and 71 so we should stay on the turf.  Paddock group 2 will be up.

We’ll preview the race on Wednesday.

Good luck!

Laura Ray Settling In

Laura Ray

Laura Ray is settling in to the new barn nicely.  Not much to not like about her: she’s healthy, sound and consistent on the racetrack.

Nevada will be evaluating her this week and we’ll start looking for a race.  She has some options: we could come back in the same type of spot ($7500 claiming), push up a little ($10,000 claiming) or try a $5000 starter (for horses that have started for a claiming price for $5000 and less in the last year/year and a half) – all on the grass.

Karl is focusing on a dirt or flexible (both surfaces) horse for his barn.  We spoke yesterday and he’s very anxious to find what he feels will be the right horse for the Club.  While it’s said that patience is a virtue, it is a necessity in racing and I have confidence that he will find us something shortly.