No Race This Weekend, But Maybe Next

Unfortunately there was nothing for Kipper Key to enter opening weekend.  While he continues to do well, the first race eluded us opening weekend.  There are, however, some possible opportunities next weekend depending upon where Clay thinks we may have a better fit.

While my preference would be a $10,000 claiming 6 1/2 furling race over the main track, there are not any of those in the condition book.  However there are races at a mile and at six furlongs with claiming prices from $5000 to $10,000.  We’ll see where we think he’ll fit best and, if all goes well, we’ll have a race next weekend.

For you information, here is the timetable for when races are drawn here:

  • For race day Thursday – enter on Saturday
  • For race day Friday – enter on Sunday
  • For race day Saturday – enter on Wednesday
  • For race day Sunday – enter on Thursday

The races we are tentatively looking at are Friday night or Saturday afternoon.  I’ll be talking to Clay this weekend and perhaps we will know by Sunday afternoon if/when we K2 makes his local debut!

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Paddock Groups and a Workout

Kipper Key returned to the workout tab this morning, going an easy four furlongs in :49.8 which was the 19th quickest time over the distance out of 36 runners this morning. He was not asked for a ton of speed, just to get rolling and stretch his legs more than he has been able to in order to get ready for the next race. We still do not know if we will make it in opening weekend or not but we will try!

And speaking of the next race…

Now that we are gearing up for opening weekend, it is time to split the group into several paddock groups. In past years I have split up the group and Heather would go ahead and pull them out of a hat to determine the order. This year, when I printed out the list, I didn’t have the paper tray extended and the list spilled everywhere so the order is the order in which I picked them up! While they are still alphabetical, we are not starting with A. Also, the last two groups are a bit of a conglomeration so check closely.

We have 166 people in which means there are roughly 41 in each group. We do allow a single guest. As you can imagine, this could mean a LOT of people in the paddock. I will post later about paddock etiquette and safety but a couple of things here that are obvious. You all are on your honor so please only enter the paddock on your designated days. Also, please confine yourself to a single guest (understandable if your there with a couple of kids but please don’t invite the extended family and neighbors), we want to give everyone the opportunity and still maintain the safety of the paddock whilst also preserving the experience for the other owners as well.

With no further ado, your paddock groups for 2016 are:

Group 1: Feldman – Laborde
Group 2: LaCasse – Ryshavy

The next two are a little tricky:

Group 3: Sande – Severson with Anderson – Collier
Group 4: Connell – Erickson with Sheggeby – Zenner

Just a reminder as well, if you are on Twitter, please follow the Club @cby_racing_club. There are a few things that we get up there while we’re “in the field” that are quick hits like a picture, or first report of a work, etc., that may or may not make it into the blog.

Finally, Heather and I are overwhelmed by your good wishes. The wedding went off without a hitch and we are tremendously thankful for all the kind words.

See you at the track!

Quick Update

Just a quick update in Kipper Key’s world.  If he’s not settled in already, he will be shortly in stall at Canterbury Park.  Our trainer, Clay Brinson, stopped through Chicago on the way in to pick up additional horses that he is bringing up here this summer.

I would anticipate we would see a workout or two out of him over the next couple of weeks as Canterbury opens for training as we gear up for the summer season.

We will also be looking to claim one more horse for the group once racing commences.

The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association is hosting a new owner seminar on Kentucky Derby Day at Canterbury. The morning will being at 9:00 a.m with coffee and doughnuts on the Mezzanine Level of the Canterbury Park Grandstand. Follow the signs to the stadium seating, on the glass, at the north end of the building. You’ll watch the morning workouts that will be happening on the track and you’ll be able to have some of your questions answered by guest speakers and board members. The seminar will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Should anything of import happen this week, I’m sure Jeff will go ahead and post.  I hope you will all forgive my absence this week but Heather and I have a date at the altar so we will be otherwise occupied until we get back to Minnesota next weekend!