Crown the Cat – Past Performances

Kevin Lay was kind enough to send along Crown the Cat’s Past Performances that have been updated to show her last race. There are a few interesting things to note.

1. As we mentioned in an earlier comment, she earned a 53 Beyer Speed Figure, which more or less replicated the 54 Beyer she earned when she won her first race.
2. You’ll notice that she actually ran her last race in more of her preferred running style, which is from off the pace. Many of you have been commenting on her inability to get the lead early, but she has typically run from just off the pace. The chart comment says, “blocked, waited, got thru”. Thus, the chart-caller believes that she actually had a somewhat troubled trip. In watching the race replay, I would agree that she had a troubled trip, around the quarter poll Ry did have to wait for at least a couple of strides. Although not major, it is worth noting.
3. A couple of her best career Beyers have actually come at 6 and 1/2 furlongs. We’ve been talking about route races; however, if we’re really lucky, maybe we can get a race at 6 and 1/2 furlongs. These races aren’t written often, but one never knows what could come up in the condition book. That could be the perfect race for the Cat.


The Day After

I stopped by Kenny’s barn this morning. He has a couple running today as well as several that were going to the track to train so as usual it was all hustle and bustle in the barn.

Kenny told me Crown the Cat came back fine. She ate up last night and was feeling good this morning as well. She will be handwalked for a couple days and then it is back to the track.

He also told me that she lost a hind shoe in the race. While we can’t say that prevented her from winning it certainly didn’t help and may explain why Ry commented that she wasn’t traveling as smoothly as last time.

The loss of a shoe happens more often than you would think. Unless it is a high profile race where a trainer discloses the info, we never really hear about it. It can happen when a horse catches the hind shoe on a front shoe or sometimes just the torque from the start can loosen it. Andrew is planning on interviewing a farrier soon.

Always something in this game…..

The June 11 Race

Third isn’t all bad. Not as exciting as winning but Crown the Cat was in contention all along. Ry rode her perfectly but she just wasn’t good enough today.

Kenny was happy with the performance. He is hoping for a bit more distance however.

We will check in early this week to see how she came out of the race. Provided all is well, there is a route scheduled for June 23 and a sprint for June 25, both at the $10,000N2L.

The purse for today’s race was $8,500 and third is worth 10% or $850. Your group gets 80% of that.

Please post any comments or observations you might have. I assume most of the group wants to try again at this level as opposed to dropping her to the $5,000 claiming level.

I hope you all enjoyed your day at the races. Finally some sunshine.

Crown the Cat Entered on Saturday

Crown the Cat has been entered in the $10,000 claimer non-winners of two races lifetime race restricted to fillies. The race will be run as Race #6 on Saturday. For those of you who may be superstitious, it’s interesting to note that she once again drew post #2.
In all, she faces a field of nine other rivals. On paper it appears that she should be able to compete with these; however, it is certainly a step up in class. She is one of three runners who broke her maiden in her last race.
The sixth race is scheduled to go off just after 4pm. Once again, we have reserved a spot in the Silks bar for those of you that would like to sit there before the race. We will meet outside of the walking ring right after Race #5 for those of you that would like to see her saddled.
The full list of entries:

Here is a reminder on paddock protocol from our first race:

Crown the Cat Racing Club members that would like to come in the paddock should meet near the paddock enterance gate shortly after the conclusion of the fifth race. The gate is located where the jockeys come out to enter the walking ring. Jeff and Andrew will be both be there to help direct traffic and get everyone in. We have a huge group involved, one of the largest to go into the paddock.
Crown the Cat will be wearing the white saddle towel associated to program number two. You will see a sign on the ground within the paddock with a number 2 on it just to your left when you enter the paddock. That is where Jockey Ry Eikleberry will go when he comes into the paddock. We will congregate inside the walking ring in this area.
When in the paddock, it is most important to make sure we don’t frighten the horses. As was previously mentioned, this is a large group, one of the biggest any of these horses have ever seen. Additionally, with a field of ten, it’s going to be much busier this time around.
Always keep in mind that horses have the right of way. We won’t exit the paddock until the last horse makes her way out of the walking ring en route to the track. The number one rule is to pay attention to your surroundings at all times.
All owners should feel free to watch the race from the terrace that overhangs the track. Directly in front of the finish line, there is a section reserved for horse owners. You should feel free to sit in that area during the race. If you prefer to sit in a different luck spot, by all means do so!
If we should happen to win, many of you know where to find the winners’ circle. If you don’t remember, watch the first few races to see where people gather. Should we happen to win again, we would get our picture taken in that same area.
We both look forward to seeing all of you hear on Saturday afternoon. If you have any questions about this race or about the order of operations, please feel free to post a comment below so that all can see.
Best of luck on Saturday!

Finding the Next Race

There have been a few comments regarding what the next potential race may be for Crown the Cat. As you may remember, we were initially hoping to run Crown the Cat in longer races (routes) because we believed that it would be where she was best. Unfortunately, there weren’t many horses at her level that wanted to go longer distances and we were forced to run short (5 and 1/2 furlongs).

The Most Likely Option: $10,000 Claiming / Non-Winners of 2 Races Lifetime:

The next logical step on the ladder is the $10,000 non-winners of two lifetime level for fillies. Unfortunately, it appears that we’ll face the same reality at this level as we did in the past and that is that we’ll be forced to go short. This race has already been contested once (see the chart below) and it drew a field of 8 going six furlongs. The race was also offered once going a mile and seventy yards and it failed to draw enough runners to be used.

We will most likely enter this race on Wednesday with the hope that it will be scheduled for Saturday. Given how the race filled last time, it is likely that this race will go at some point in time next weekend; however, nothing is assured in this game.
Referencing the chart below, you’ll see that Southern Classic won this race last time out. She is no longer eligible for this condition, but everyone else is. Therefore, you likely know the majority of your competition already.
We continue to look for the races where Crown the Cat can be the most competitive. As you can likely tell from the most recent blog post, winning is essential if you are going to be able to break even in this game. We need to find spots where the filly can win and she will likely fit best with this group.
The Chart from the Last Race Contested at this Level – $10,000 N2L Fillies

Other Proposed Options for Crown the Cat:
There have been a few comments on other posts regarding other possibilities for Crown the Cat. I’ll list them in order and will give a brief description of each condition, whether our horse is eligible for the condition and what the positives and negatives might be for each race as far as Crown the Cat is concerned.
1. Friday, June 10 – Race 5 in the Condition Book
This race is a $10,000 claimer for three year olds and upward which have never one two races. In essence, it is the same race being discussed above; however, it is not restricted to fillies (female horses). Therefore, this race is likely to be tougher than the race scheduled for Saturday. At this point, there is certainly no advantage to running Crown the Cat against the boys. Although both boys and girls run together in other countries, the United States tends to separate the two. As long as a version of the race is available that is restricted to females, we’ll go in that direction.

2. Friday, June 10 – Race 6 in the Condition Book

This race is an allowance race for three year olds and upward which have never won a race other than maiden, claiming, etc. This is a race that Crown the Cat would be eligible for; however, it is going to be much more difficult compared to our preferred option. If you read this condition carefully, it exempts victories in the claiming ranks. Therefore, instead of being restricted to horses that have not won two races in their career, it instead is restricted to horses that have never won a race other than maiden, claiming, etc. It is possible that a horse could have 10 wins in claiming races and would still be eligible to race in this condition. Where we are looking to place Crown the Cat, we are certain that the only horses she will face are ones with one career victory. This condition would force her to potentially face horses that have multiple wins or those that won their maiden race against top competition. In short, this may be a little too tough of race for Crown the Cat. Additionally, this specific race is not restricted to fillies either, it is open to both boys and girls.

3. Saturday, June 11 – Race 6 in the Condition Book
This is the same race as the race immediately above with the exception of the fact that it is restricted to fillies. It is likely to be more difficult that the race we have tentatively picked out due to the same reasons listed above (the possibility of multiple winners). The first time this race was offered, it did not draw enough horses to be used. It could meet the same fate this time around.

4. Saturday, June 11 – Substitute Race 2

This race is for three year old fillies which have never won a race other than maiden or claiming or you can enter your horse with a $15,000 claiming tag. The problem for us is that this race is only for three-year-old horses. Crown the Cat is four, therefore, she is ineligible for this race.

A Potential Out of the Box Alternative:

There are always ways to get creative and see what else you may be able to do with your horse. It could be as simple as examining moves up in class or moves down in class; however, at Canterbury Park we have one other alternative, changes in racing surface. Due to the fact that we are fortunate enough to have a turf course, one can always take a peak at what kinds of races are being offered on the grass.
To this point in her career, Crown the Cat only has one career start on the turf. However, it was against a tough field of maidens in Chicago and it was going short – only 5 furlongs. See below for a running line of her one turf start:

Her pedigree doesn’t suggest that she should be a star on turf; however, her running style may fit the turf course well given it’s current condition. There would be a lot of unknowns with this move at this point in time, so it would certainly be the more risky option. Furthermore, this is a move that would need to be discussed with her Trainer Kenny Jansen to get his opinion on whether or not she would be able to handle the switch to turf. At this point, we have not had that conversation.
The race that would fit her best on the turf, a $25,000 claimer, fillies that are non-winners of two races lifetime, will not come back until Condition Book #2. Therefore, we’d have to wait at least another week to run. (Given on how long it has been since this race was last used, it is most likely that the race will come back on June 16 or June 17). The last race contested at this condition was run on May 29 and was switched from the turf to the main track. (See below for the chart of the race – note that Morgan’s a Blumin was scratched and that Carousing won the race … therefore, Carousing is ineligible at this level moving forward).
If we decide that she should again try going long, this may be where we are forced to enter given the make-up of the current horse population. The best news is that if we decided to give this race a shot and it rains, the race will likely be switched to the main track, where we know she can run over a muddy or sloppy surface.
The Chart from the Last Race Run at This Level – $25,000 N2L Turf

In Summary:
At this point, we plan on moving forward and entering on Wednesday in Substitute Race #2 in the Condition Book. The race is a $10,000 claimer non-winners of two races lifetime restricted to fillies. Based on her last effort, it looks like this is the best spot for your runner. We’ll monitor the entries on Wednesday morning and will let you know what happens as soon as the information becomes available to us.
Per usual, please post any questions you may have below, there is a lot of information in this post and I’m certain that in some instances it raise more questions than answers.