Crown the Cat seems to have made a full recovery from her abscess, barn help reported this morning that she has been a handful around the barn the past few days and they plan on bringing her back to the racetrack tomorrow. Additionally, she was to have her shoe put back on late this morning. With these facts in mind, we decided that we needed to start looking at upcoming racing options.
At this point, we still don’t know whether or not we will be able to race this weekend at Canterbury. Attorneys for the racetrack and the horsemen are still looking over their legal options and we hope to have a resolution soon. However, as horse owners, you all should know by now that you have no chance to make money (or even cover expenses) if you can’t run in races. It appears that we have a horse that is getting close to being able to compete again; thus, we need to examine our options.
We entered Crown the Cat in two races this morning due to the fact that both looked like potential fits. One race is at Canterbury Park on Saturday. It’s a $10,000 non-winners of two races lifetime race for girls. The race is going five and one half furlongs and has drawn a field of eight. This is the same type of race she ran in the last time she was entered.
The second race is at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Canada. The race is an allowance optional claiming race going one mile and it has drawn a field of seven. We thought this race may draw a short field and it was worth entering as an alternative option in the case that she is ready to run and we aren’t able to race here.
Obviously, we first need to determine her overall level of fitness and that will occur tomorrow when she is able to go back to the track. There is another option for a race down in Iowa. They have a $6,250 N2L race in the condition book for Monday, July 11 with a purse of $9,500. The last time this race came up it looked like a group she could beat. We’ll keep that in mind as another option after we are able to better assess her fitness and the status of this weekend’s races at Canterbury.
Our first choice is to race here and to give her a chance to race in front of the group. However, we’ll continue to explore out of town options if it doesn’t appear that we’ll be able to race at Canterbury this weekend, or beyond.