Boomer Leaves on Saturday

Vanderboom Ridge will be heading out with the rest of Clay’s horses on Saturday for Chicago. Right now he is galloping over at the training track. Hawthorne opens for training on the 1st so he’ll get walked for a few days once he gets to the track before work will begin in earnest again.

We’ll be looking to go right at ‘am in Chicago and look for wins – as many as we can get to close out the year. It’d be nice to get a strong finish to the season.

Al the paperwork for licensing went out this morning via 2-day so we will be all set in that respect this week.

Finally, attached is the financial spreadsheet for August.


Miz Owell Sold

Miz Owell was sold late yesterday to head to the breeding shed in New York.  She will be at the same farm where she was foaled herself and where her mother is a broodmare.

We received $1500 for her which, while not spectacular, wasn’t bad all things considered.  We received many inquiries about her over the last two weeks but no offer so we are happy to get her to a good home and put some money back in the account.

We could have waited to try and get a higher price for her but there is a point of diminishing returns: paying for board every day eats into what we would have received for her so at some point it becomes counterproductive to hold out.

Unfortunately this is part of the game and the responsibility is on us, as her last owners, to do all we can to make sure we find her a forever home.  Horses can live for 30-years and to retire from one career at 6-years old leaves a lot of life left to live and I’m really happy that we were able to find her a home relatively quickly.

On To Hawthorne

We did not get in for this last weekend. We entered but did not make it into the race or even the also eligible list.

This has to do with the preference system. You receive a preference date based upon the last date that you ran. So if you ran on the 34th day of the meet your number becomes “R34”.

When races are oversubscribed (more entries than positions), horse with the lowest number receive preference. When we scratched because the race came off the turf last week on the 64th day of the meet we were assigned the day of the scratch as our new date or R64.

R56 was needed to make the body of the race and the last Also-Eligible was also an R64 so we must have lost a shake for spot 16.

The bottom line is we did not get in and now we have to wait for Hawthorne. Boomer will continue to work and try and stay sharp until Hawthorne opens on October 7.

At The Copa

Well, maybe not THE Copa but the coffee and donuts will be in the Cabanas on the apron.

Please enter from the valet parking side and make your way over to the apron then hang a right and you can’t miss them – big, white and elevated.

We’ll watch works and mingle until about 10 and then we’ll talk a little about this season and next, answer any questions about the Club or anything else for that matter and then get ready to enjoy the racing day.

It’s supposed to be gorgeous on Saturday but may be a little chilly early, so keep that in mind.

For those of you following along, the alumni group (CAC Racing) has At My Discretion going in a $16,000 Optional Claiming race tonight while D. Shifflett will be going Saturday afternoon in a $20,000 NW2 LT Claiming race.

The RSVPs are in, coffee and donuts are ordered and we’re looking forward to a nice morning Saturday!

Last Call for Saturday Morning Get Together

With the State Fair shuttered for the year, it’s time for the Great Canterbury Racing Club Get Together! Well…coffee, donuts and horses working out on what looks like is going to be a beautiful day Saturday.

We’ll get started right around 8:30 and break up around 11 or when we break up. Workouts end around 10 when we’ll have the opportunity to talk about this year and next year. There will be some folks from the Alumni Group there as well so we can talk about a ‘next step’ group if anyone is interested.

Also, if you’ve been following us and want to get involved next season – come on out! We’d love to have you, answer any questions you may have and give you a chance to talk to present Clubbers.

I’ll ask Clay to hold off Vanderboom’s gallop, if practicable, until around 9 AM for us, as well.

So please RSVP below as we are closing out the count today! See you Saturday!

Off the Turf Today – Boomer Scratches

Looks like the big draw today will be wiener dogs and not Vanderboom Ridge. The race is coming off the turf and Clay thinks the track will not be to the horse’s liking by this afternoon so it didn’t make sense to run him over a hard or muddy race track – especially after what we saw last time out.

We already know of two other scratches out of that race so we’re hopeful that it gets brought back again so we can still run one more time before the end of the meet.

This most definitely has not been a great year with the scratches, injury, etc. but this isn’t an easy business either. Unfortunately we are experiencing nearly all the tough things racing has to offer in a single summer.

We’ll keep you posted and hope to see many of you on Saturday morning at the coffee and donuts gathering.

Boomer Race Preview; Spot in Silks

Boomer 8-20
Amazingly there is a spot in Silks for us to use on Labor/Wiener Dog Day so look for the reserved signs. It’s going to be a very busy day at Canterbury so the spot should prove to be very helpful Monday. We will be over after the 4th race (if not before) and Group 1 will head on over to the paddock. Remember that the horses are led up to the paddock along the Continental Diamond Bridle Path next to Silks and that’s a nice photo opportunity about 25 minutes before the race.

Additionally, please don’t forget to RSVP below for the coffee and donuts the morning of September 10 (next Saturday) so that we can get a close approximation of numbers so we don’t order food for 100 and only get 10!

On to the race!

The race is race 5, a mile and 70 yard $7500 claiming race over the turf where we will break from post 5 with Dean Butler aboard. Approximate post time is 3:13 pm.

Kluszewski (Silva/Mojica) – entered as a Main Track Only entry, he’d be tough against these on a wet track but as of now (Sunday morning) we’re only looking at occasional showers later today and spotty t-storms very early Monday so, hopefully, we’ll stay on the turf tomorrow and he will not start.

Cocico (Bends/Velazquez) – His two latest were relatively flat efforts over the turf and this group looks a little saltier than the last pair.

Shoot the Loop (McFarlane/Goodwin) – Been running at lower on the dirt since arriving in Shakopee save for his last race at this level on the turf where he finished 8th.

Shipmaker (Bends/Nolan) – A very fine effort against higher in his last over the slop. Returns to the turf where he had a tough time carrying his speed 7 1/2 furlongs – today he moves to a mile and seventy yards but could be the speed of the field and Nolan can ration it.


Tiger D (Rhone/Stevens) – While not all folks had hoped coming to Shakopee, his best efforts at Tampa make him dangerous in here, the lowest claiming level of his career.

Mimito Boy (Donlin/Mojica) – Very successful spring at Fonner but has had a harder time here. Returns to the turf after a very long time away.

Affirmed Cure (Peters/Canchari) – Minnesotan has had a bit of a tough summer, but he drops in class a bit and returns to the turf.

Behr Strike (Westerman/Hernandez) – Has slid a bit since his 2nd place finish three back but has shown the talent to be competitive at this level.

Megastar (Hop/Coddington) – Has really had a tough run here this summer after some moderate success in Arizona. Best off the pace.

Gentle As A Breeze (Van Winkle/Ramgeet) – Showed some speed in his last but faded late. Comes back a week after that effort and either benefitted by the longer trip or may be a bit tired late.

Saturday’s Light (Padilla/Delorme) – Speedy gelding will have its work cut for it from the 12 post. Even if 1 is out, that only moves him one spot in and will need to navigate a pair of turns early and try not to be trapped wide.

I really like our chances in here. There is some speed sprinkled in the race and if they all go, Dean should have Boomer in a really nice spot early. The class drop here should help but, objectively, while he was competitive at $20,000 early in the meet but still couldn’t win, nor could he win at $10,000 when we claimed him. The same can even be said last time in that tough $16,000 race. So…while I like us, it is not going to be easy.

Tiger D could perk up on the class drop and Gentle As A Breeze likes the course and might be able to get early position – though the speed to his inside will make it hard.

We could sit off early if the three with proclivity toward early speed go and, if they don’t, we have enough to take the lead and hold it so we’ll see how the race unfolds. Fortunately Dean can handle anything that comes his way and has a tremendous clock in his head to judge pace.

Should the races come off the turf, we most likely will scratch after that last effort unless the track dries out enough to NOT be sloppy or muddy in time for us to stay in. I’ll announce any scratch here and on Twitter (@CBY_Racing_Club) as soon as I know.