Go to Work With MUNDY

(Video Credit: Michelle Benson)

It looks like the technical difficulties are taken care of and here is the video of MUNDY exercising last Wednesday.  Her exercise rider wore a “jockey cam” so you get a nice rider’s eye view of the racetrack in the morning with horses having timed works on the inside and some joggers on the outside.

We’ll be looking after the 4th for MUNDY’s next race but we anticipate it being right about the same level/distance as her previous race – prefereably over a firm turf course.

Eddy’s Day in Video and Pictures

Here is some video shot by Michelle Benson on Eddy’s race including some great “jockey cam” footage along with some still shots by Heather Frisbie. Congratulations again and ENJOY!!

(Video Credit: Michelle Benson)

Eddy breaks alertly  (#6)

Eddy breaks alertly (#6)

Eddy pulling away looking like he's flying

Eddy pulling away looking like he’s flying

Ready Eddy in the paddock, looking the part of a winner

Ready Eddy in the paddock, looking the part of a winner

Eddy making it official

Eddy making it official

(All Photo Credits: Heather Frisbie)

You’re Winners!!

Nice job by Alex Canchari and ASK EDDY today!!

Riding with patience behind a hot early pace, Alex moved EDDY through the turn to take on the leaders and then had to hold off MILES HEIR’s charge down the lane to win by two. We were able to squeeze everyone into the winners’ circle but it was very tight – especially with Mr. Cranky Pants not being the sweetest horse in the world! But we did it and we have some word on the photos.

We will take the money for the photos out of the club account but it will take a while to print out 179 pictures and have them ready for distribution. I will be back in touch via this space and probably with an email as well. Last year a LOT of photos went unclaimed (which costs us money once they get printed). If you’re not interested in a photo, please send me an email (ted@grevelisracing.com) so we can pull you off the list and save the group some money.

We’ll have some video in the next day or so and post that as well.

Congratulations everyone! Winning is hard and you pulled it off!

ASK EDDY Preview

The day is upon us. Our first claim is getting ready to run his first race. While MUNDY was exciting, ASK EDDY was our first so he holds a special place – especially trying to overcome a balky ankle and two downright lousy races. Before we get to how his race shapes up, here is some housekeeping for Saturday.

We will have a section in Silks, some patio seating set aside for us if it’s dry, inside if it’s wet. This time it should be designated as such. As a reminder, Group 2 are letters G – K. We will head over to the paddock after the 7th race is official. I will be down in Silks for at least the 7th race, hopefully earlier. I won’t be back from Detroit until after midnight tomorrow so I’m not sure exactly when I’ll get to the track, but I will be there!

Now with no further ado…

Littlebrownroad (Berndt/Martin): 2nd at a much shorter race at this level last out but certainly seemed to want more room. Record at the distance – 5 wins in 24 starts – is very good so don’t let the PPs with all the sprints deceive you. This old timer (10 with 103 starts) still has fight left in him.

Cachemassa Creek (Donlin/Butler): Another old warrior (9) with 23 Canterbury starts on his resume (7 wins) he was claimed last out by Lucky Horseshoe Racing by trainer Larry Donlin. Very consistent check earner but has only seen the winners’ circle twice since August 2011.

British Columbia (Chambers/Von Rosen): Claimed for $6250 two starts back, he completely failed to fire over the turf in his first Canterbury start. He drops down here where he should be competitive and tough to beat.

Tachometer (Pride/Frink): Horse was demolished in two stakes tries in Idaho over a year ago and picks this spot for his comeback. There is a good chance he may need a race.

Jersey Devil (Rhone/Keith): Last win was right of a $16,000 claim in a $35,000 race at Churchill last summer. After a follow up 2nd, the Devil hasn’t sniffed the winner’s circle and now drops to the bottom.


Third Rail (Shyrock/Escobar): Winner in his first Canterbury start of the year at this level and distance, tried to step it up to allowance company on the heels of that win and was rudely welcomed. He’s back here now and has already proven he can win here.

Victory Check (Oliver/Stevens): Another horse dropping in from a higher level after some disappointing efforts.

Miles Heir (Diodoro/Franco): Solid third last out in a starter allowance after shipping in from Santa Anita where he raced at the bottom, picking up some wins along the way. Got a feel for the track last out and could be in a nice position here.

Hammers Bullet (Robertson/Bell): Not sure the last time I saw a Mac/Derek horse at 12-1 in the morning line, but this guy was beaten by 20 last out while showing nothing at all – albeit his first time over the turf. It could be easy to draw a line through that performance if he hated the surface. Won in front running style at Hawthorne in April and seems to do his best running on the engine.

As always, the question we ask here is can our charge win? The answer is a qualified “yes”. He’s been training well but we don’t know how he really feels. There are some toughies in here and his last two races were dismal. EDDY’s best running has been done close to the lead and push on late. Will there be some speed to run at here?

Well…not really. Cachemassa Creek and Hammers Bullet are the closest – as is EDDY! Race strategy could play a part in here as much as how he is feeling. IF he can run his race; IF the ankle doesn’t give him problems; IF he can get a couple of speedsters top track…it could fall into place for us. We do know one thing: he is ready to go, so he should give us a run for our money!

Good luck!

Get Ready for EDDY!

(Video credit: Michelle Benson)

ASK EDDY drew into the 8th race on Saturday. The race is a $4000 claiming race going a mile and 70 yards over the dirt for horses that have not won 2 races in 2013.

EDDY is 8-1 on the morning line which is 5th in the field of 10. That’s only one man’s opinion and I will lay out a post in a day or so on just how we can win this race. That said, EDDY has a lot of question marks and it remains to be seen how effective he can be.

I’ve asked to see if we can have a gathering spot again on Saturday. It may be a bit more problematical on a Saturday but you never know. Should we have a spot I will meet you all there for the 7th race and then Group 2 will head over to the paddock.

We Draw Today

Ted and Ed
(Photo Credit: Heather Frisbie)

Not a lot to report that you don’t already know. We draw today for Saturday and Mundy is feeling good and we’ll be looking for her next race in another week or two. However I did want to share the picture of Eddy deciding which race he thinks he could win as went over the condition book together.

I’m traveling most of the day but when I have the chance and I know if we drew in or not, I will pop a quick post up.

MUNDY Replay

MUNDY came back from her race very well. She ate up nicely and shows no signs of soreness or too much fatigue. It will be nice for her to catch a firm turf course at some point so she can run over the surface that she prefers. We’ll let her rest up and then find the next spot – most likely the same level/same distance.

Keep your eyes on this space for ASK EDDY’s race announcement. We’ll be looking to enter Thursday for Saturday.

Thanks to all of you that came out and I look forward to seeing you all again – along with more of the Club members – as the season goes on.