A couple of issues with the lists:

I can’t post an Excel sheet but when I converted to PDF you can’t do multiple pages.  If you clicked from the email, you only saw August’s list.  The post has been adjusted with both lists on the site.

For convenience, here they both are here as well:


Tour Lists – JULY


Tour Lists


Tour Details

Miz Owell is doing well, we just need to find her a new race which could take up to 2 weeks since that is about the time it takes for conditions to come back, but we’re hoping that we might get lucky and get something earlier.

While we wait…we tour!

There is still some room on both tours, but not a lot, so if you haven’t RSVP’s for either July 2 or August 14, please do so ASAP via email at Please see the list below (my apologies if I spelled your name incorrectly whilst I was transcribing) and make sure that you are added correctly. Please just drop me a line if I messed up!

Here are the details:

– We will meet you all at the stable gate at 9:00 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 Barenscheer (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 Barensheer on the grass.

– We will check out the end of morning works, go up to the equine pool, swing by the barn and wind up at the admin building;

– 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.

The tours are always a big highlight of the Club and it looks like Saturday is going to be absolutely gorgeous!

Tour Lists

Tour Lists – JULY

Miz Owell Update

We went by to see our girl after racing last night. She seemed a bit tired, but otherwise pretty darn good. Her eyes were nice and bright, no signs of discomfort, and she was up and showed no signs of being uncomfortable.

The barn folks kept an eye on her overnight and this morning and Clay’s last words yesterday afternoon were “I’ll call you in the morning if anything is up. If all is well you won’t hear from me.”

No call. All appears to be clear.

She’ll head back to the track and get back into the swing of things quickly now that she’s feeling back to normal and we’ll try and find the next race. Paddock group 2, you’ll be up again when the time comes!

I’m grateful that she’s doing well and she only had some mild discomfort.

In the next couple of days I will post the RSVP list for Saturday (just in case you thought you did but you didn’t, or I screwed something up!) as well as directions and some guidelines.


Miz Owell needed to scratch this morning. She started acting like she was bellyachy this morning and the vet came and treated her. You could say it was a touch of colic. Here is the clinical definition of colic:

“Equine colic is a relatively common disorder of the digestive system. Although the term colic, in the true definition of the word, simply means “abdominal pain,” the term in horses refers to a condition of severe abdominal discomfort characterized by pawing, rolling, and sometimes the inability to defecate.

There are a handful of different types of colic, depending on the cause of the condition. There is also a spectrum of severity in this condition; oftentimes a horse may have a mild bout of abdominal pain that resolves with a single dose of medication whereas other times, surgery may be warranted. For this reason, all colic should be treated as an emergency.” (

Miz Owell’s condition would be considered mild, but she was treated for the condition and the accompanying pain so we just had to scratch her from the race.

We’ll give her a few days to recover and make sure she’s feeling okay and then we’ll look to see where else she might fit.

Miz Owell Race Preview

We’re off in front of the home crowd once again with Paddock Group 2 leading the way. Here is a brief rundown of this large group of $10,000 claimers going 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf.

She’s Mighty Fast (Padilla/A Canchari) – 3rd to our girl in the acquisition race. Hot barn and leading rider.

Tactical Girl (Litfin/Mojica) – Claimed last out after a 5th place finish in $7500. Another hot barn with newly arrived talented jock Orlando Mojica. Gal has done well on the CBY turf in the past.

Bear Facts (Lund/Franco) – Just missed by a neck last out in her return to the races after a layoff. Probably benefitted from that outing and now moves up to tackle these.

Enlightened (Bethke/Butler) – Claimed out of our acquisition race which was a disappointing debut after a layoff. Butler stays aboard and this gal certainly has done better against higher.

Scatin Around (Ashford/Rosier) – Cutting the claiming price in half for this outing after a lackluster effort in her return.

Shesa Sweet Secret (Brinson/Carreno) – Shows great speed but has been unable to extend it to a mile or more. However 7 1/2 furlongs appears to be right in her wheelhouse. She should be tough on the front end.

Sweet Tango (Bethke/Bethke) – Minnesotan was a last out winner on her return to the turf.

Dakota Eyes (Rarick/Martin) – Several sub-par efforts since the break in Tampa and the return to Canterbury.

Emma Lea’s Song (Herb/Jimenez) – Was overtaken by our gal late. Will Rodgers shippers have been tough and the cutback to 7 1/2 furlongs may be all she needs.

The Real McCoy (Sheehan/Goodwin) – Bit of a tough spot for the well traveled mare after her 6th place finish against most of these.


Lamazone (McFarlane/Hernandez) – 1st start back in MN after Turf Paradise where he ended his winter with a win. An allowance placed runner here last season.

While we’ve beaten many in here, this is a tough spot. Three wins in a row is hard and doing it at 7 1/2 furlongs from the 11 post is exceptionally difficult. Denny is really going to have his work cut out for him. He’ll need to try and not to lose too much ground while still being able to get inside and not go too wide in the short run to the first turn. Not an easy task even with as well as he’s been riding this meet.

This is a really well balanced field with speed, stalkers and closers. I think we’re good enough to win but we most certainly are going to need some luck to do it.

Canterbury Race Analysis

As we head to the post on Sunday, we do have a Club spot at Silks, just look for the posted signs.  I don’t know if it will be inside or outside.  Get to know each other a bit! We’ll be down prior to the race at some point.  Usually from our vantage point at Silks (or close enough) we can see her walk over and come down the walkway on the way to the paddock.  It’s a really good photo op!

Here is the race analysis from the Canterbury website:

Race 7:
Miz Owell has won back-to-back races including two starts back in a $7,500 claiming race at Laurel as the favorite and at the $10,000 price here last time as the favorite. The second and third place finishers in the race at Laurel won their next start. She has already faced and been victorious against many of these she will be facing here today including Emma Lea’s Song and She’s Mighty Fast.
Shesa Sweet Secret has been showing a lot of early speed in both of her starts in 2016. She was in an allowance race two starts back at Arlington Park where she led to the ¼ pole before giving way and finishing 6th. Last time, she was in an allowance race on the turf here where she took the lead but could not keep up the pace and finished 4th behind favorite Fine Assay in that race. There may not be a lot of early speed here, so if she can get to the lead and set a slow pace, she might be able to finish a bit better and could be an upset threat at 12-1 on the morning line.
Lamazone raced well this past winter at Turf Paradise, winning two of four starts there including an allowance race and a $12,500 claiming race last time. She has not raced since March 20, but trainer Dan McFarlane gets them ready after the layoff winning at a 23% rate. She would benefit much more if Shesa Sweet Secret sets a fast pace or is pressured on the lead.

In Sunday

Miz Owell will make her first start for the Club this Sunday, June 26 – Leg Up Day – in the 7th race. It is a $10,000 claiming race going 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf. Denny Velazquez will be riding and we’re starting out of post 11.

She’s been training well but it is a very full field and we have a tough post but Denny will do well aboard.

We’ll keep you posted on a spot on track to gather. It is “Leg Up Day” so I suspect that the meeting spots are pretty full, but Jeff is checking and if we can, we’ll have a spot.

Group 2 is the Paddock Group and, as a reminder, group 2 is LaCasse – Ryshavy.

Good Luck!

2016 Backside Tour Dates

While we continue to look for a race for Miz Owell and an additional horse to join the stable, we have set the dates for the backside tours.  The tours will start at the backside gate and we will watch some morning workouts, visit the administration building, the equine pool and our last stop will be at the barn to see our horse(s).

Saturday, July 2
Sunday, August 14

There is too much activity and too many people to get through the barn but Clay will have a groom bring out our 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 9:00 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 to 2 hours.

Please RSVP to me at and I’ll keep the list. Please do not RSVP in the comment section. It is too had to keep track. 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. Please let me know the number in your group when you RSVP. Should there be excess demand, we will try and schedule another tour before the end of the meet.

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.