We’re at Hawthorne and have touched base with the licensing folks and we’ll be ready to go next week. Additionally Clay and I have spoken about what we’re looking for and I told him “A couple like last year, just a little better!”
Seriously, though, we are looking for a couple of horses between $5000 and $10,000 that have shown some consistency and durability. If we happen across a solid MN-bred, more the better.
Now we’re on the lookout and with racing moving to 3-days a week in Chicago shortly and the barns filling up, our next runner is out there somewhere!
We are very close to launching the 2015 edition of the Canterbury Racing Club. We are just waiting for a few folks who have indicated that they are returning or are in but the check and paperwork has not yet arrived. I would anticipate that would be done sometime this week and I will finalize our licensing, transfer some money to Hawthorne and we can start shopping. I know that Clay already has his eye open but, as we’ve seen, it can sometimes take a while to find the horse or horses we want.
It looks as though we are going to close right around the 150 member mark this year. This will be less than last year but right about where we were 2 years ago. Some of the drop off is no doubt the migration of some folks to the Canterbury Alumni Group as well as some normal attrition.
We will also have nearly 30 new members this year and to you all I say “welcome”. Please remember that this is a learning experience and no question is a bad question. That’s why we’re here. Hopefully we’ll win some races along the way while we peel back the curtain a bit on the Thoroughbred industry.
We’ve got about 10-days left to get the rollover forms in place if you are rejoining as well as the sign up form if you’re a new member. Right now we’re running behind last year’s record breaking numbers – mostly because most of the 34 folks who chose to join the “intermediate” Alumni Group decided to not rejoin the Club this year (though they are certainly free to do so!) – so there looks to be more opportunity to get into the paddock as fewer members means fewer paddock groups and more repeat trips! However it may also mean that we start with one horse instead of two and “grow” into more if we can win a few early. I’ve attached the forms below for your convenience.
Mary Rampinelli of the Daily Racing Form is reporting that Manny Esquivel, regular Hawthorne pilot for MARYJEAN and TERICE as well as author of our five consecutive wins to end the season, was thrown from his mount in the first turn of the first race at Oaklawn today. He was placed on a backboard and was transported to a local hospital. There is no indication of how badly Manny is hurt and the backboard may have just been a precaution, but any thoughts and prayers you can send his way I’m sure would be appreciated. When I get more of an update, I will post it. Speedy recovery, Manny!
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