TENS WILD in Sunday

TENS WILD is in the sixth race on Sunday afternoon (approximate post time 2:32). He drew the rail and leading jockey Dean Butler took over the riding assignment. Leandro Goncalves moved over to Mr. Mischief who, you may recall, finished 2nd to Dr Action the first time TENS WILD ran for us and we finished 4th.

This time we shall try and turn the tables on him!

Paddock Group 3, you all are up to try and turn our fortunes around and get us back to the winners’ circle!

It’s a short 6 horse field going about 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf. $16,000 claiming.

Jeff is checking on a spot for us and I will get back to you all with that along with the race preview.

CITRON KID is going to need a bit more time. He’s been going to the track but Clay feels like he’s not quite ready for his close up. Another 10-days or so should be just what he needs and then we’ll let him rip.

Saturday Update: No Racing For Us

We are NOT in on Saturday.  Clay and I have not connected today but once we do I’ll have more info, however I wanted to pass along in case anyone was holding off making some plans until we knew for sure.

As soon as I know about Sunday, we’ll be back in touch.

The Kids are Alright

TENS WILD in his last race for the Club.  Loose on the lead.

TENS WILD in his last race for the Club. Loose on the lead.

Spent some time with TENS WILD and CITRON KID yesterday and they are both doing okay. TENS especially seems to have come out of the race very well. The KID is taking a bit more time but that could also come from needing some time to become acclimated to his new surroundings. They will go back to the track today to start jogging and gearing up for the next contest.

Coming down to the wire where we narrowly got beat.

Coming down to the wire where we narrowly got beat.

Clay will continue to school TENS in the paddock. It really seemed to pay dividends for him last race as he didn’t appear nervous or washy at all and ran like he was comfortable.

Next up could be as early as next weekend. The plan is to try and not run them together but it could happen. Dr Action will not be running against them next time out at $16,000. There is the very real possibility that one of the two may be dropped to $10,000 to find a bit of an easier spot and see if we can get a win. Should we happen to get him claimed away from us at a lower level but are fortunate to win, we would have made a bit of money and will move on. The $10,000 race is scheduled for Saturday while the $16,000 race is scheduled for Sunday.

If it so happens that we do end up with 2 in the same race, then we will have 2 paddock groups go: one for one horse and one for the other and root for a Club exacta!

Churchill’s Ziegler to Speak at Canterbury

The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association is sponsoring a talk by Mike Ziegler, Executive Director of Racing at Churchill Downs (CDI), on Sunday, July 19th at Canterbury Park in the Wild Horse Saloon for the 10:00 a.m. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what is happening in the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry on a national basis, especially his thoughts on our own State-bred program and how it compares nationwide!

As CDI’s Executive Director of Racing, Ziegler focuses on and supports the company’s commitment to the U.S. Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. Ziegler joined CDI in January, 2015, with nearly 20 years of industry experience. He has served since 2009 as the Executive Director – Safety & Integrity Alliance for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) where he has overseen self-regulatory efforts to enact substantive improvements in safety and integrity in the racing industry. Prior to his work at the NTRA, Mike served as Senior Vice President for YouBet.com (2008-09), Vice President for Hollywood Park Racing Association (2005-08), Vice President and General Manager for Bay Meadows Racing Association (2004-08), Vice President for Bay Meadows Operating Company Properties (1995-2008), and Vice President and General Manager for Santa Anita Park (2001-04). He was also the Executive Director for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance from 2012-13.

Ziegler will be responsible for championing CDI initiatives to enhance the racing and breeding industry and will serve as a representative and the liaison between CDI and the industry.

There will be coffee and donuts at 10:00 a.m. and Ziegler’s presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m. with time for questions and answers before wrapping up by noon.

You can RSVP to the event at kay@minnesotabred.com

TENS 3rd; CITRON KID Joins the Barn

Leandro Goncalves did all he could, but he just couldn’t keep our guy together the entire way for a gate to wire victory Saturday.

TENS broke very sharply and Leandro found himself up front.  He tried to set the pace and cut very reasonable fractions of :25.8 for the quarter and :50.21 for the half mile.  When I saw the half mile fraction I was very optimistic that we could wire the field.

The last 200 yards though, DR. ACTION and SOUND EFFECT both started grinding our boy down with both catching him by a head in a very close finish.

TENS came back fine.  We went back to the barn to go see him and he was tired but eating up and doing well.  He will walk for three to five days and then head back to the track, then we will start looking for his next race.

We also claimed our second horse out of that race, CITRON KID.  CITRON KID is a speedy 5-year old gelding by Lemon Drop Kid.  He’s 5 of 22 lifetime but 5 of 9 since breaking his maiden last year.  He loves the turf and loves the front end.

He ran fairly for most of the race but faded in the lane yet still only finished 2 1/2 lengths off the winner.  He seemed to come back to the barn okay and was doing well when we got back there.

This is his 3rd barn in about a month so he seemed a bit mystified and unsettled.  We got him some grass and he gobbled that up and that seemed to jump start his appetite a bit and he started going after his grain.  It will take him some time to settle in.  He also will walk for a bit before going to the track and then Clay will evaluate him and we’ll determine his next steps.

Here is Citron Kid’s lifetime PPs: Citron Kid Lifetime PPs

Here is his Pedigree: Citron Kid-5X-Pedigree

TENS WILD Race Preview

Here is a look at TENS WILD race this afternoon. It is paddock group 2 (Anderson – Griebenow) and we should have a nice pod over in Silks for the race. Hopefully the rain will hold off and we’ll get a nice day of racing in – though TENS is going rain or shine.

1 TENS WILD (BRINSON/GONCALVES)

2 Stoney Fleece (O’Callaghan/Richard) – Steadily dropping through the ranks, you never know when he’ll finally hit his level and be a threat again. Hopefully his isn’t it, though his speed figures indicate that it could be. He’ll be coming off the pace with us.

3 Hunterwood (Biehler/Velazquez) – Steady competitor narrowly missed at this level last out and definitely improved over the turf.

4 Citron Kid (Biehler/Keith) – First after a claim the Biehler barn is 9%. $16,000 may be all the money for this gelding though the cutback in distance should be helpful.

5 Corporate Chapel (Sweere/Murphy) – Has been consistently running against better but has failed to be competitive. This level still may be high.

6 Dr Action (Brinson/Escobar) – Clay’s “other” horse (to us anyway!) just won in this spot last out under the perfect trip. I don’t know if he’ll get the same kind of trip today, but the last out win makes him tough.

7 Sound Effect (Diodoro/Vergara) Hit the board in 2 $20,000 races here but couldn’t in the $16,000 he ran in, though the difference was minimal. This one belongs but may not be able to get there with only 7 ½ furlongs to work with.

8 Sweeping Victory (Amoss/Goncalves) – MAIN TRACK ONLY

The obvious question is: can we win? Of course we can but it won’t be east. With several in here you’re just not quite sure what they are going to do or what class level they really belong at. They could be passing through to lower ranks or find their level right here.
TENS was very worked up prior to his last race and left most of his race in the paddock. Clay has schooled him in the paddock nearly all week long and said that he seems to be relaxing more and more with each trip over. If he can be even half as nervous as he was before his last race, we’ll run much better.

Though he came from far out of it last time to make a run, look for him to be closer to the pace this trip. If he can settle in behind Citron Kid and Dr Action, he should be able to make a late charge. I do wonder if the 7 ½ furlongs is long enough for him, but if he can stay near the lead and have a closing kick, it shouldn’t matter.

Good luck!

Saturday Tour Information

First of all, both tours are full. This is the first time that’s ever happened so thank you all very much, it should be a lot of fun.

Secondly, we will not be seeing TENS WILD on Saturday since it is a race day and Clay doesn’t want the distraction for him. As you know, he got a little worked up and washy last time out and Clay wants to keep him relaxed for the race. He’s been schooled again in the paddock just to get him more used to it and, hopefully, keep him more relaxed Saturday afternoon.

Finally, a heads up to the August group: though this has never happened before (a tour the day of the race) it could happen then too.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

– We will meet you all at the stable gate at 9:30 AM. While we may wait a couple of minutes, late comers cannot be allowed entry to the backside, so please be prompt. The stable gate is located on Barenschere (sp) Rd. If you’re approaching Canterbury from 169, go straight through the lights instead of turning left at the light. The backside will be on your left. Take the first left and then the first left again. That is the stable entrance. You can park along the side there or along Barenshere on the grass.

– We will check out the end of morning works, visit the admin building and go up to the equine pool.

– There will be a LOT of walking so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared. The tour will take about 2 hours, perhaps a bit more so be comfortable and dress for the weather;

– If you’re bringing kids, keep a close hold of them. There is a lot of potential for injury and we cannot be responsible for kids wandering off. Which leads to the next point…

– Horses have the right of way at all times. We’ll keep the group close together and make sure that we give the horses a wide berth. There will be a lot of activity this time of the morning and we need to make sure that we stay out of the way.

See you then!