Tour Groups Update

There is still plenty of room on the tours, scheduled for July 11 and August 9.  Below is the RSVP list, please check and make sure that I have you correct.  If you plan on attending and have not RSVP’d yet, please do so to me at and we’ll get you signed up and in!  Remember the limit is 50.

JULY 11th TOUR Number AUGUST 9th TOUR Number
Lindsay Burnham 2 Beverly Nelson 1
Karin Pudenz 3 Shirley Bokusky 1
Brad Zenner 3 Bob & Brenda Hessian 2
Dustin Bowersox 3 Jim & Janet Lassall 2
Sid Hegseth 1 Bill & Marlys Dyste 2
Trent Bernstein 1 Tom Betcher 1
Vern & Margaret Sowada 2 Kathy Erickson 1
Eli Edwards 2 Pam Shulz 2
Patty Biesterfeld 4 Dan Meyer 1 2 Dorothy Peterson 1
Rosemary Mock 2 Ryan Stanzel 2
Dean Osterman 2
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Backside Tour Dates Set

The backside tour dates are set:

Saturday, July 11
Sunday, August 9

Each tour will be limited to 50 people. We will check out the Administration building, the trainer’s stand/workouts and the pool before gathering outside of Clay’s barn where our horse(s) will be led out to us. There is too much activity and too many people to get through the barn but Clay will have a groom bring out a horse so we can take some pictures. Last year we were even able to feed some peppermint sand carrots, so bring some along!

We will meet at 9:30 at the backside gate. We will meet you there and escort you in. The tour is a walking tour and the distance traveled and amount of standing will be considerable so please keep this in mind when rsvp-ing. I would anticipate the tours lasting about 90-minutes or so.

Please RSVP to me at and I’ll keep the list. You’re welcome to bring family but the size limit will need to be enforced given all the activity on the backside at that time of the morning.

As we get closer I will post the guidelines for the tour for those of you that are unfamiliar. Safety is our top priority so there will be some guidelines to keep the horses and the tour members safe.

TENS WILD in Video and Pictures

Thanks, once again,to Michelle Benson and Heather Frisbie, we have TENS WILD’s day immortalized in video and pictures!

TENS WILD in the paddock prior to his first race for the Club.

TENS WILD in the paddock prior to his first race for the Club.

After the break coming out of the chute.

After the break coming out of the chute.

Making up ground, though not enough, down the lane.

Making up ground, though not enough, down the lane.

Coming back for unsaddling after the race.

Coming back for unsaddling after the race.


Certainly not the result we were looking for and, as I heard multiple times wandering the facility, “The wrong Brinson horse won!”

Of course from our point of view that was true, but congratulations to the Brinson barn on a very tough race by Dr Action. The early pace was quick but Mr Mischief wasn’t under any pressure cutting the fractions, yet Dr Action was still able to get past him late.

Now our guy didn’t break very sharply. Leandro Goncalves said he was acting up a bit in the gate and they had to grab his tail to keep him in line. He was also very sweaty heading to the track which had Clay a bit concerned. He was hosed off early but still wasn’t able to dry out. Clay mentioned that he’s going to bring him up to track before his next start to school him a little bit to hopefully make him more comfortable.

Because of his acting up he didn’t break very sharply. The leaders were out like they were shot from a cannon and, with no pressure on the leader, he was able to run comfortably leaving him plenty in the tank for the stretch run. Leandro said Tens was coming at the end but they got too loose too early and there was no way he could make up all that ground.

We’ll fight another day!

Race Preview; “Silks” Space

Just a reminder, paddock group one will be in the paddock for TENS WILD’s first race. The group has an awesome responsibility in front of it since the racing club is on a 5-race winning streak after MARYJEAN and TERICE tore up Hawthorne Race Course at the end of last season.

Those of you with last names including and falling between Grussing and Nelson are in Group 1. We’ll meet you all in Silks (Jeff was able to reserve us a pod there, look for the sign) after the photo for Race 3 and then we’ll head on in together.

Here is a brief rundown of the race.

$16,000 Claiming, One Mile and 70 Yards over the turf course.

UNSADDLED GLORY (Donlin/Hernandez): He tends to perk up when he hits the turf but still only has 2 wins in 10 attempts over it. Recently third in his seasonal local debut after cutting the fractions early. Now stretching out from that 7 1/2 furlongs.

BOBBLEHEAD (Rhone/Butler): Really stepped up winning a dirt sprint allowance first after the claim for Bernell Rhone. He tries the grass again where he was 0-3 at Tampa, though not awful efforts. Some “ifs” with this one stretching out and back on the turf but the Rhone/Butler duo is always dangerous.

DR ACTION (Brinson/Escobar): Clay’s other horse who really benefitted from the class relief last time out. Though he doesn’t have to set the pace, he seems comfortable there. That said, there is plenty of other speed in here as well.

CASTING (Tracy/Sanchez): Another who would like to be on or near the lead. Lower level efforts in Chicago were fair enough but I’m not sure this season if automatically pushing a horse up the ladder because it’s moving from Arlington to Canterbury is a given. Barns have gotten tougher this season.

KIPSON (Scherbenske/Martin): Minnesota bred dropping a bit here after a bit of a lackadaisical effort last out, his first of the season. This may be a bit of a tough spot but expect some improvement after getting a race under his saddlecloth.


BRAINWASH (Diodoro/Eikleberry): Pulled up early last out in a very contentious allowance last out. Diodoro thought enough of him after the claim to try a Phoenix stake. He could be dangerous here on the drop or he could be trying to get the horse claimed. Hard to tell.

MR. MISCHIEF (Granitz/Homeister): Certainly has won v better in the past, though end of the season form last year is suspect. Granitz debuts him here instead of Chicago, maybe looking for an easier spot.

NATIONAL (Rarick/Velazquez): Very consistent 7-year old won in his local debut over the dirt going six furlongs. Switches to turf (0 for 3 lifetime) and a route, never his strong point either.

ANOTHER GEAR (Biehler/Goncalves) ENTERED FOR MAIN TRACK ONLY: Won at $15,000 at Oaklawn but faltered in his follow ups in starter allowances. Back in for the tag and, if on the dirt, on his preferred surface. If we’re on the dirt he’s going to be dangerous, especially if the speed doesn’t scratch.

The question I always like to ask in these previews is: Can we win and how do we do it?

Firstly, I haven’t spoken with Clay yet if we’re going to stay in if the race comes off the turf, but I suspect that we will. Our boy has a high wet track number and has a win and a third over that type of surface in five starts. Either way, though, I think the route to the winners’ circle is the same.

TENS likes to be at or near the lead and I think his best performances have been when he can lay off an early pace and charge late. CASTING, UNSADDLED GLORY and MR MISCHIEF all like the front. Add into the mix a couple of sprinters stretching out and there should be a healthy mix up front. Hopefully leaving from the six spot out of the chute with a pair with early speed inside, Leandro can get a decent trip sitting 3rd or fourth toward the rail while the rest of the speed gets taken wide onto the main track and, perhaps, through the first turn.

If we can stay close, we saw in that last race that our boy has some tenacity to him. The last 100 yards I’d put him up against anybody. This step up in class is a challenge but one that can be overcome. He’s a relatively fresh horse and he’s been steadily improving since his layoff. It doesn’t take a huge leap here to get us win, but it’s a closely matched field.


Saturday Morning at the Track With the MTA

The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association is hosting a next Saturday, June 27, and you’re all cordially invited!

The event starts at 8 AM at Silks bar and will feature morning workouts as well as some background on training routines, schooling and care and track maintenance.

There will be coffee and donuts as well. This should provide a little “behind the scenes” information and kickstart a terrific day at the races!

You can RSVP in two ways:

Via E-mail:
Via Telephone: (952) 233-4802

Morning at the Track 2015 poster

Racing Sunday; New Club Twitter Account

TENS WILD is in! We’re racing in the 4th race on Sunday. The race is a $16,000 claiming race going a mile and 70 yards over the turf with a purse of $22,000. We’ll be breaking from post six in the field of ten with Leandro Goncalves aboard. The approximate post time will be 2:12 central time. We’ll have a preview up here on Saturday.

Sunday is Father’s Day so there may be a shortage of space for us to have a singular gathering location, but Jeff is going to check for us. I’ll let you know.

The Club now has a Twitter feed. We’ll be using that to shoot out some quick hits. Today, for example, we saw that Maryjean is entered for Sunday at Lone Star, so we tweeted that for interested folks. We’ll also use it as another form of disseminating information. Sometimes it’s easier to get info out there quickly and then follow it up later in the day with a more expanded post here. The Blog isn’t going away, we’re just enhancing the flow of information.

You can follow us here:

TENS WILD Photos; Race Doesn’t Fill

The race we were pointing for on Saturday didn’t fill again. However there must be some kind of feel that it will because it is back on the extra sheet for Sunday. So we will go ahead and enter again tomorrow for Sunday and keep our fingers crossed that we can get two more entries to make it go.

Here are some pictures that Heather took the other morning of our boy out exercising.

Standing and watching for a bit before heading out under Clay's assistant, Juan Delgado.

Standing and watching for a bit before heading out under Clay’s assistant, Juan Delgado.



Closer look

Closer look

And it looks like Juan was happy with the way he went!

And it looks like Juan was happy with the way he went!

TENS WILD Video; Entering Wednesday

Michelle Benson, Canterbury’s Media Relations Assistant extrordinaire was up early Sunday to shoot and edit some video of TENS WILD our getting exercise. Juan Delgado, Clay’s assistant, took him out for his exercise (about a mile and a half jog) and was happy with the way he traveled. He is certainly ready to get back racing.

The race we were pointing for was indeed added as an extra for Saturday, so we will enter on Wednesday morning and should know some time Wednesday afternoon if the race will go or not.

Heather was out early as well snapping photos so be on the lookout for a photo essay later in the week!


Our boy is doing well. Clay is happy the way he’s been working out. Right now he’s galloping and jogging over the track about 1.5 to 2.5 miles a day. We entered today for Thursday night in a $16,000 claiming race but the race only drew 5 entries. It did not come back as an extra for Friday but it may on Saturday.

Now to explain the vernacular a bit and the process of entering a race.

Each season a condition book is written for the season. There are several over the course of the season and they generally cover about a month at a time. It lists each racing day and the races planned for each day including substitute races. The order of the races on any particular day are NOT necessarily the order of the races for that day. The order is chosen AFTER the races are drawn to create the best wagering menu for that racing day.

You can click on this link to open up Canterbury’s condition book 2: Condition Book 2

Each morning trainers enter their horses for racing. They enter via a computer in the racing office that is in a cubicle so no one can see which horse is being entered. There is video board on the wall that tracks the number of entries in each race, NOT the name, just a running count of the number of entries.

Races that are in the published condition book are used first so, in theory, if condition book races all fill, none of the extras are used – not a common occurrence. Generally each race day is comprised of races from the condition book as well as the extras.

Once the races are decided upon, the racing office puts out an “overnights and extras” sheet listing that day’s race card as well as the “extra” races being offered for the next racing day. They are called “extras” because they are extra to the condition book. They may be there by virtue of almost being filled but not quite so maybe a couple of days will draw enough entries, because a trainer requested a specific type of race or the possibility that the complexion of the horses on the backside has changed a bit so different races need to be written.

You can click here to open up the overnights and extras sheet for Thursday: June18 overnight w extras

To bring it back full circle, we entered a $16,000 claiming race on Thursday and there were only 5 entrants. The race did not come back as an extra for Friday but we MAY see it on the extra sheet for Saturday. In which case we shall enter again and hopefully we can garner a couple of more entrants with the extra couple of days to make the race go on Saturday afternoon. We will know tomorrow if it is back on the extra sheet and would enter on Wednesday for Saturday.


We don not have a definitive day for our first tour yet. There are a few conflicts over the next few weeks but right now I am tentatively looking at July 12, the day after the Lady Canterbury and the Mystic Lake Mile. This is NOT definite but I hope to etch it in stone shortly.

This will NOT be the only opportunity to come out and visit, we’ll be looking to do another in early August and, if necessary, in early September.