High Spirit Wins, Great Bam Entered & More!

Congratulations on your second victory of the meet! High Spirit did what he was supposed to do last night and dispatched of his competition with relative ease as the wagering favorite!

Adolfo Morales gave him a very good ride keeping him tucked inside early in the race before angling him off the rail and swinging him wide for the drive where he was able to cruise home for the victory. Click here to see the full chart. Replay below:


Additionally, he was claimed for $3,500 by trainer Clinton Venner for new owner Jill Houston. In all, not a bad way to have that one wind down as we get the plus part of the purse ($5,400) plus the claim price of $3,500.

Congratulations on the victory! We’ll be working another deal with the photographer so that you can all have a picture of the win. More information to come on that later today or tomorrow.

Next, Great Bam’s race did fill for Monday. It will be run as the second of eleven races on closing day. Post time should be approximately 2 p.m. Make plans to attend closing day and watch Great Bam! It’s the M-Z group’s turn in the paddock. Please be sure to line up outside the paddock shortly after the first race to go in as a group.

He looks to be competitive in this spot. Obviously, we’ll need a little racing luck with a full field and we’ll have to hope that he’s at a pretty high fitness level. In any case, it will be good to see him running.

Lastly, Lovely Tak has been sold for $1,500 to a member of the racing club that intends to breed her next year. This is a good solution as she’ll be going to a good home… the same home as Crown the Cat! The group will collect the $1,500 and it will be placed in the account. Lovely Tak will likely ship out early next week.

We looked for a race for her, but it was clear this morning that there weren’t going to be enough in the race to make it go. Thus, we wish her well in her new career as a mom!

Bam Puts In Strong Workout, Etc

Great Bam put in one final strong workout prior to his (hopeful) race on Monday. He went out this morning and went four furlongs in 46 and 4/5 seconds under Nik Goodwin.

We’ll enter tomorrow for Monday, hopefully the race gets enough runners to go.

Reminder, High Spirit runs tonight. Post time for his race is scheduled to be 10:49pm.

Also, if you have not yet claimed your Lovely Tak picture, please do so tonight at the THIRD FLOOR information booth. Again, the pictures will only be available at the third floor info booth, directly to your right at the top of the escalators.

High Spirit – Race #9 on Thursday

As originally posted yesterday, High Spirit was entered for Thursday in a $3,500 Non-Winners of two races in the year claiming race going one mile and seventy yards on the main track. Approximate post time is scheduled for 10:49PM, thus you won’t need to worry about hustling out to the track in time to make the opening race…

This race’s paddock group will be those with last names starting with A – L. If you plan to join us in the paddock, please be sure to report to the paddock enclosure shortly after the conclusion of Race 8.

High Spirit drew post #10 was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite and will be ridden this time around by Adolfo Morales. He and Clay have done quite well together as of late having won 6 of 8 races together during this meet.

Here’s a look at the full field:

#1 Stitchntwine (12-1)

This eight-year-old can jump up and run big once and awhile but he’s not at his best at this distance. He’ll likely sit mid pack and isn’t likely to be a huge factor.

#2 Ballet Way (15-1)

Soundly defeated in his last five races, this guy has done his better running on the turf. Another that seems unlikely to be making much noise down the stretch.

#3 Big City Bernie (5-1)

Tanner Riggs lands here and this one should play a factor in the outcome. He has enough speed to stay close and has speed figures to prove that he can get the job done. Certainly a contender.

#4 Bean (12-1)

Bean has some early speed and that is good as High Spirit is going to again need a pace setup to get the job done. Outside candidate for the win, but fast enough to set up the race for a closer.

#5 Cachemassa Creek (4-1)

Seven wins in 20 starts over the Canterbury main track and a narrow lost against this competition last time out. Another with speed and we’ll hope he hooks up with Bean and others to set it up for High Spirit.

#6 Vini Vidi Vinci (6-1)

Another that comes flying from the back of the pack, we beat him relatively easily last time when he never really got rolling. With any luck we should be able to do the same on Thursday.

#7 Tsar Tops Dancer (9/2)

The 2010 Minnesota Derby winner has only visited the winner’s circle once since that race and that was in his last start. Moves up the class ladder today to the most logical level and figures to be the biggest danger. Should attend the pace and have opportunity for first run.

#8 Express Air (12-1)

Two average efforts sprinting after a sojourn to Faro to run at North Dakota Horse Park. Would certainly be a surprise against these.

#9 I’m the Gold (30-1)

Has been toiling against N3L for a long time and now moves up to face N2Y. Would be a huge surprise.

#10 High Spirit (3-1)

If he runs back to his last two, he should win this one. Post shouldn’t be much of an issue as he typically takes back off the pace anyway. Look for Morales to try to secure the same type of spot High Spirit had last time and then try to run them all down in the stretch. Let’s hope we can get this guy to the winner’s circle on Thursday!

Great Bam and High Spirit Plans

Jeff talked to Clay this afternoon to get an update on Great Bam and to discuss an alternative plan for High Spirit.

First, Clay was reasonably happy with the level of Great Bam’s conditioning after watching him workout and cool down yesterday. He is planning on trying to run him in a non-winners of two claiming race on closing day. As of now, that race would be for a $10,000 claiming price, but we’ll have to see how things progress. In the final week of the meet, lots of horses are usually looking to race, so we’ll need to keep an open mind and see if we can find the right race for him.

As for High Spirit, an extra race came up on the overnight yesterday for Thursday. The race is a $3,500 claiming race for horses that haven’t won two races in the year going one mile and seventy yards on the dirt. This is likely to be an easier spot than the race on closing day. Hopefully we can get this race to go and we’ll have a chance to run on Thursday.

Keep your fingers crossed! We’ll let you know when we know more.

Sunday Tour Information

Sunday’s tour will start at 9:30AM. We will all gather at the stable gate. The stable gate is located off Canterbury Rd. From 169, go west on Canterbury Rd, through the first stoplight (McDonalds, Culvers) and continue until you hit Barenscheer Blvd. Take a left, the stable gate is the first left on this road.

Please park outside of the stable gate and wait for Jeff, Andrew and other to arrive. Depending on the size of the group, we will split the group into 2-3 smaller groups to walk around and see some of the daily activities. Plan on spending about an hour and please come prepared to do some walking.

If you would like to come and have not RSVP’d, please e-mail aofferman@canterburypark.com.

Respond via comment or e-mail if you have any questions!

Racing Club August 23 Update

Sorry for the delayed post. A fourth and a third place finish over the past weekend weren’t exactly what we had hoped for. Lovely Tak simply got too far back and had too much ground to make up. High Spirit suffered a very tough trip and was obviously much better than his third place finish. He was capable of finishing second for certain and possibly winning. However, it is part of the game.

The plan is to try to run both of these back once more during the meet. Lovely Tak was entered today in a $3,500 non-winners of two races in the year and it drew three entries. It’s coming back tomorrow for $5,000 and may draw more interest. We will keep you posted.

High Spirit is likely being pointed to a race on closing day. There is a one mile and three eighth turf race in the condition book on Monday, September 3rd. Clay hopes to run him back in that spot to get him additional ground and give him a little more rest.

Great Bam is headed to the track tomorrow – weather permitting – to truly test his fitness level. Clay told us that this work will determine when he will be able to run. The works as of late have been slower by design to get him back into the swing of things and this one will be meant to seriously test his fitness level.

As the meet winds down, we’ll need to start to discuss how to disburse, or at least reduce, the stable. Depending on how Great Bam and High Spirit respond in the next couple of days, they are the most likely to be competitive in Chicago. Lovely Tak is probably not quite at the level required to compete at Hawthorne; thus, she’s the most likely to be sold first.

She has been running at the bottom level, $3,500 claiming, and the new owner will need to ship her somewhere (most likely Turf Paradise) where she can be competitive. Thus, we’ll have to expect to get significantly less than $3,500 for her. Hopefully, we can sell her to a trainer heading to Turf Paradise for somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000.

We’ll also need to decide what to do with the other runners in the coming weeks. We will talk with Clay, find out more about his plans for the fall regarding when he wants to ship, etc and will come back and provide more information for the group.