September Financials

Here is the latest financial statement for the Club ending September 2015. Prior to TENS races in October we were at 58% of our initial buy-in, so not bad and it has only gotten better in October! Hopefully we can win one or two more along the way to wrapping this year’s edition up!

I’ll be posting shortly on the details of the 2016 Club but they should vary very little from the 2015 edition with the deadline likely again to be the end of February.

For those of you following along, Dixie Gambler, the new horse in the first Club Alumni group, makes his career debut in the first at Hawthorne today, so best of luck to you all that are a part CAC Racing LLC as well.

CRC 2015 Running financials – September 30



TENS WILD, under a great ride from Denny Velazquez, made a bold move through the turn and held off a challenger late to win by 2 lengths yesterday at Hawthorne.

Admittedly I was a little nervous early because no one was going with the one horse on the lead but he was so rank down the backside I was glad to see Denny let TENS set sail through the turn. While the 8 horse kept getting close in the lane, it was obvious that TENS had plenty left in the tank to not only hold him off, but to actually extend the lead and triumph by 2.

I will have the latest financials up in a few days through September. Not surprisingly we are still waiting on the vet bill…

We will see how TENS comes back and then we’ll aim for another race in about 3 weeks. Maybe one more at this level and then start dropping him to get the claim and finish off the year. Ideally we can finish off with a nice little run!

For those of you that have been following the Alumni Group (CAC Racing), their new horse will be making his career debut on Tuesday in the first race of the day at Hawthorne. It is a $17,500 maiden claiming sprint over the main track. Good look to them!

Congratulations and we’ll see if we can keep this going!!

TENS Race Preview – Friday

We’re in, we’re dropping and we’re on the dirt. All kinds of fun things to contemplate as we try and get on a late season roll to round things off for the Club.

The race is a $12,500 claiming race going a mile and 70 yards over the dirt. We drew post position 4 with Denny Velazquez on board. Estimated post time Friday is 4:40 central time.

Prince Cheval (Bennett/Thornton) – Very fast front runner is kicking it up in class today. This is probably where he fits so I can’t see him running off and hiding, but if no one goes with him, he might.

Rivery Hall (Becker/Santo) – Been protected since last winter but has been less than impressive since the layoff and gets the tag here. An off the pace type, but with the same connections as the outside speed, he could be the beneficiary of a hard pace early. Interesting to see how thing one goes out.

My Pal Paul (Lynn/Sanchez) – Dropping in and stretching out for this one. Ran a mile two back and was respectable so maybe the extra distance will be beneficial.


Ballyjamesduff (Haran/Hennesy) – Indiana invader has won over this strip before. A similar running style to TENS, he should be on our outside through that first turn and hopefully have to run a bit longer and harder than us.

Charlie’s Phantasy (Domenosky/Felix) – Trained by old Club trainer Tammy Domenosky, this guy has tried and tried but seems to always come up just a bit short, though last out he was clearly second best after dropping to this level and could be tough late.

Defiant Flyer (Davis/Roman) – Won at this level here last year but was awful in first off a long layoff last out. He’ll need a hard pace to run at.

Marty Who (Perez/Perez) – This guys has gone and faded and gone and faded. Hopefully he’ll keep that style up and try and soften up Prince Cheval.

Dontchangetrainers (Becker/Emigh) – Leading connections, hot rider, and a horse second off the layoff. Don’t write off this Becker trainee because of the class jump after a loss – he’s been successful with this pattern before. This guy wants to go but is going to have a tough time of it from that far outside.

We can certainly win this one. We’re not a lock by any stretch of the imagination, but we have a good running style, a class level that should work for us and a possibly excellent pace scenario.

There is a lot of speed inside with Prince Cheval and if the outside speed can’t break well to catch him early, that could be all she wrote.

A better scenario is that we settle in behind the Prince and the two speedsters on the outside try to get up with the presumed early leader creating a nice little pace battle right in front of us through the first turn. I think we’ll be quicker on the break than Rivery Hall but perhaps not My Pal Paul. In any either case – whether Paul gets the drop on us or not – Denny should be in a very good position through the first half of the race and get first run on the leaders as, hopefully, the pace starts to fall apart.

Good luck!

TENS WILD in 6th Friday

TENS is back in at Hawthorne Friday afternoon. It’s the 6th race, a $12,500 claiming race going a mile and 70 on the dirt.

He drew post 4 and Denny Velazquez retains the ride.

Better condition, better post and though I haven’t seen the PPs for this race, it should be a nice spot for us.

Race day wil be 3 weeks to the day since his last start and that should be perfect timing as well.

Look for the preview later in the week!

Good luck!


We scratched TENS this morning and re-entered for a $12,500 race on the dirt for Friday.

Just as well, in my opinion. As you may have read yesterday, I hated our chances in this one – especially coming out of the 11 spot.

I’ll post this afternoon the outcome of today’s entries.

TENS WILD Race Preview

TENS WILD races tomorrow afternoon at Hawthorne in Race 6. It’s a $16,000 claiming race going a mile over the turf. He drew post 11 and has Denny Velazquez on board. Estimated post time is 4:40 PM Central Time.

As you know, I usually go through horse by horse and give you some thoughts on each and then summarize with how I think we can win. However we have eight of the eleven in this one all coming out of the same race, including us, so there is liable to be a bit too much redundancy! So I’m going to skip ahead to how I think we can win.

This one is going to be tough. It’s not that we’re not qualified to be in this group – we are. We had two things working against us in the last race: the long layoff and the longer race. Now TENS has won at a mile and a sixteenth (he did his first out at Canterbury for the Keen barn) but he had run off a string of three in a row at 7 1/2 furlongs and one race at a mile an 70 yards. That 1/8 of a mile makes a difference and the combination of him not being used to it and the longer layoff taking an edge of his fitness took it’s toll.

Then we drew the 11 hole.

That run to the first turn, especially if he breaks sharply, is going to make it difficult to keep from going 4 or 5 wide through the turn. Conceivably it could keep us wide throughout the race. If Denny can rate him and tuck him inside a bit, we’re liable to be pretty far off the pace and TENS really hasn’t done his best running from that far off the pace.

The last race was a nice tightener for him and fatigue shouldn’t be a problem. The shorter distance is going to help as well. What we never have any way of controlling is racing luck and we’re going to need quite a bit of it coming from the outside.

Last out we got the trip that we wanted but not the result. Maybe this time we won’t get the trip we want but will get the result!

Good luck!

‘Twill Be A Tens Tuesday

TENS WILD drew post 11 in the 6th race at Hawthorne on Tuesday, October 20. Denny Velazquez will be aboard.

Clay had thought that maybe TENS got a little tired in his last, a combination of being laid off for so long plus going a bit longer than he had been (mile and a sixteenth v 7 1/2 furlongs). He’s been training well and feeling good so we found him a mile race over the turf at the same level as last time ($16,000). We were looking at lower but nothing looked promising and given the possibility that he may have just gotten tired in his last therefore deserving of one more shot at this level before we start dropping him.

Look for some analysis later in the weekend and good luck!

TENS Doing Well

Clay said that TENS came back from the race just fine. We had him scoped after the race to see if maybe he bled a little, but no sign whatsoever, so he’s healthy.

He’s back at the track now and getting ready for his next race which should be in the next couple of weeks. We’ll be looking to get him some class relief ($8,000 – $10,000) and try to get a little winning streak going to end the year again.

The next race may or may not be on the turf as well. TENS has won a state bred allowance over the Hawthorne dirt and he has been working well over it so we should have some options available to us.

Disappointing for Sure

Well, that didn’t work out like we had hoped. Denny Velazquez certainly had TENS in a position to win the race but he just didn’t go when the time came.

He may have got tired late – it’s been a while since he raced – but Denny didn’t think it was that. We’re going to scope him in case he bled but that may not be the case either.

He he did get knocked around a bit late and he certainly gave up after that, but I don’t think he was going to win from that point anyhow.

We’ll evaluate and then decide what’s next. Most likely we’ll find him a softer spot and try and get that next win.