Although we have not yet started winding down this season, we have started looking ahead to next year.
We do not envision the parameters of the Club changing: the purchase price will still be $250 per person and the Club will run through the duration of 2017. We will look to close things up by the end of February and be able to start shopping the first week of March.
However, there will be some changes coming in 2017. We will be looking in several locations for horses so as to try and get to the start of the Canterbury season with 2 horses ready to go. To this end we will probably use more than one trainer and will be dependent upon how many folks we have signed up for 2017.
We will also be holding at least a pair of live information sessions at the track where folks can come and meet the team – at least those of us at Canterbury year round – ask questions and perhaps mingle with some folks that were in the Club in previous years.
Members will continue to receive free admission for the season, the opportunity to visit our horses on the backside via scheduled tours, special seating areas on race days (providing there is availability), rotating pre-race paddock access on race days and a trip to the elusive winners’ circle if we are so fortunate.
This past year we also held a ‘Breakfast at the Track’ to wind up the season that was very successful so we will be looking at that again – and maybe adding one to the start of the season as well so folks can get to know other Clubbers as we get rolling.
I will save the post mortem on 2016 until we are done but while we can say in terms of winning it was less successful that past years, there certainly was a lot to be learned!
Please continue to watch this space for announcements on the 2017 Club and, as always, you can reach Ted at firstname.lastname@example.org and Jeff at email@example.com.
Clay had Vanderboom out over the track today and he said that he galloped strong like he was back to normal. In the next day or two we are going to have the vet give him the once over and make sure all is well and then we will be entering.
We pointing to a race on December 2nd going long over the dirt. It should be a good fit for him and will hopefully help us close out the season on a winning note.
Heading into Thanksgiving tomorrow it is our hope that you all have a very safe, healthy and happy day with your loved ones and know that all of us here are greatly appreciative of all of you for taking this ride every year with us.
Boomer is feeling up to speed and we’re looking to enter him.
As we are nearing the end of the season and need to make sure that he has a new home by the end of the year, we will be dropping him down to the $5000 level – hopefully for this coming weekend. We need to make sure we make him attractive as a claiming prospect while leaving one more shot at getting it done before the year end.
Stay tuned and hopefully we’ll have an entry in a day or two!
Boomer didn’t finish up his dinner last night and while he jogged okay this morning he appeared to not be himself. Clay checked him out and he has a slight fever so he’ll be scratched.
Granted it’s not his fault he got sick but it certainly feels like we’re paying for our success the past couple of seasons with everything possible this year.
Clay will have him treated over the next few days and we hope to have him entered again soon.
Here are a pair of analyses from the folks at Hawthorne:
Ron Uchman’s Hawthorne analysis for Thursday, November 17th
Race 1 3-FORT DIXIE tired while meeting better company in his last start but he did beat rivals similar to these in his previous race. He’s been displaying good speed lately but is capable of coming from behind to score.
5-FRONTIER FORCE moves up off the claim. He beat a bit easier last time out but he’s also been able to run well with better. And, he’s one of the few in here that has done well at the distance.
4-VETER doesn’t win often but he’s generally in the hunt. He has no early speed, therefore he’s dependent on a fast pace ahead of him. Not sure he’ll get it but there just might be enough pace to set things up.
Jim Miller’s Hawthorne Selections
Thursday, November 17
1st – #5 – Frontier Force (Closer) – Responded nicely in the lane in last. Steps up now in first off the claim.
2nd – #1 – Dandyman (Speed) – Wouldn’t be surprised to see him sent away to try to wire this field.
3rd – #3 – Fort Dixie (Presser) – Interesting one in here. Could rate in second flight early and look to pounce at head of stretch.
We head into the race tomorrow very anxious to get our first win on the season. It’s not a walkover group but with a solid effort we’re going to be dangerous.
Dandyman (Manley/Emigh) – Nice runs over the artificial at Arlington and a “best of the rest” finish fall debut here at Hawthorne over the dirt. He’s only 2/16 over the turf and will want to be close.
Fort Aiken (Cristel/Gallardo) – Definitely showed some talent last year but since the break has struggled.
Fort Dixie (Slager/Santiago) – Winner at $8000 two back (if you recall!), however seems to struggle a bit past a mile. Hopefully the extra half furlong will have him struggling late.
Veter (Stidham/Marquez) – Moves up in class about a half a notch from a $10,000 non-winner of a race in a year but has shown ability versus better. A late runner.
Frontier Force (Rodriguez/Perez) – Claimed out of a winning effort last out at $5000, Rodriguez pushes him back up the class ladder here where he has been competitive. Could very well have needed that confidence builder and will be coming late.
VANDERBOOM RIDGE (BRINSON/VELAZQUEZ)
Xblanque (Cameron/Montalvo) – VERY large drop in class for the 7-year old that has had a pair of breaks that have lasted more than a year. He is also stretching out so stamina may be an issue as well.
So the question is if we can win this one. There are a few things that I like. Boomer is training very well: I couldn’t be happier the way he is coming into the race. We know that he had some trouble closing in his last but Clay has that figured out (we think) and there should be some late from him. Denny is riding great, notching his first graded stakes win last week aboard Hay Dakota for trainer Joel Berndt in the Grade 3 Commonwealth at Churchill (at 30-1!).
What I don’t like? I’d prefer to be going a flat mile. I mentioned that stamina may be an issue for some in here: we may be one of them. That said, Boomer is 2 for 5 at the distance so it’s not like he CAN’T get the extra half furlong and he really needed that last race as a tightener after the long time between races.
I’m hoping that we can break well and settle behind the pacesetters and start cutting loose as we bend through the far turn. It will take a darn good effort from him to beat these but he’s primed for a good one.
Good luck everyone!
Vanderboom Ridge was entered yesterday and will run Thursday in the first race at Hawthorne.
The race is a $10,000 claiming race going a mile and 1/16 over the turf course. Denny Velazquez will be on board and we break from post 6 in the 7 horse field. The house has us as 6-1 in the morning line – after all we couldn’t win at $8000 and now we’re moving up – but I think he may outrun his odds. He has been training very well and is healthy and feeling good.
Denny is coming off of his first graded stakes win aboard Hay Dakota in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf for trainer Joel Berndt. It was also Berndt’s first graded stakes victory! Congratulations to the Canterbury connections!
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Best of luck and we’ll have a preview later in the week!