Those of you already in the Club got the email yesterday, for those of you following along on the blog – here we go, we’re launching the 2014 Canterbury Racing Club and we’d love to have you!
A quick rundown for folks unfamiliar with how the Club operates:
Members will pay $250 to join the Club. There are no additional fees and the only additional expense will be if we are fortunate enough to get into the Winners’ Circle, there will be small charge for a photo.
The Club ends at the end of 2014 or when we have sold off our horses. As an example, last year we closed in November because our last horse was claimed then and it made no sense to claim a horse for only a few weeks.
Members get admission to Canterbury Park for the season as well as, if available, a special location to watch the races, rotating paddock access and – again, if we’re lucky – access to the Winners’ Circle. We will conduct a few backstretch tours during the season as well so we can visit the barns and get a glimpse at life on the backside.
You get to follow YOUR horse(s) during the year!
A couple of changes from last year’s club: earlier closing date and Winners Circle photos.
We will be closing the membership on February 28, 2014. Last year we literally were down to the final day of the Hawthorne meet when Ask Eddy was claimed. Of course that turned out well but it is tough to get into a spot where you ‘have to’ claim a horse. The number of horses the Club will own will depend upon the number of members: the more members, the better chance we have of having multiple horses.
Because there were a large number of pictures unclaimed we will be using the following procedure:
– A limited number of Winners Circle photos will be available at the gift shop as soon as we can get them printed. Similar to past years it will probably take a couple of days to get them there.
– There will be a $10 charge per photo. The list price of a single photo is $25 so we will heavily subsidize the purchase price.
– When the initial supply is exhausted, you can purchase a picture at the gift shop in advance and your name will go on a list. We will hope to have the additional pictures available by the second racing day after ordering and you can pick them up then.
In this way we will eliminate the waste of purchasing photos that are never claimed and that money can stay within the Club. I hope that we have plenty of photos to worry about this year! Heather Frisbie (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be coordinating photos as well as taking more photos of her own for us this year.
I already spoke to Clay Brinson and he is excited to be on board again this season and is very happy that we’ll have an additional 4 weeks to claim a horse, allowing us to be a bit more discriminating.
For those of you rejoining, check your inbox. Jeff has sent out an email to all of you with the instructions on rolling over your membership. For those of you that will be new this year, click on the agreement below to read the details.
Payment can be made by credit card, cash, or check made to Canterbury Park. You’re always welcome to contact me directly (email@example.com) but the easiest way to sign up is to please contact Jeff Maday at 952.496.6408 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make payment arrangements.
c/o Jeff Maday
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
See you at The Park!