Welcome to sign ups for the 2017 edition of the Canterbury Racing Club. Clubs have started popping up all over the country and you have the opportunity to join the original!
The guidelines haven’t changed much this season:
Members will pay $250 to join the Club. There are no additional fees and the only additional expense will be if we are fortunate enough to get into the Winners’ Circle, there will be small charge for a photo.
The Club ends at the end of 2017 or when we have sold off our horses. As an example, in 2013 we closed in November because our last horse was claimed then and it made no sense to claim a horse for only a few weeks. Last year, however, we raced straight until December 30th and we sold Vanderboom Ridge the next day.
Members get admission to Canterbury Park for the season as well as, if available, a special location to watch the races, rotating paddock access and – again, if we’re lucky – access to the Winners’ Circle. We will conduct a few backstretch tours during the season as well so we can visit the barns and get a glimpse at life on the backside.
You get to follow YOUR horse(s) during the year!
Members can only get back as much money as they put in. This is a not for profit venture and is used as an educational experience to get people familiar with all the ins and outs of race horse ownership and “pull back the curtain”, if you will, and de-mystify the game.
We’re launching our “open enrollment” period, if you will. We’ll be looking to close out by February 28, 2017. Clay Brinson will once again be our trainer but we are also looking to add a second trainer to the Club, Minnesota native Nevada Litfin. We have averaged about 150 members over the past couple of years and if we have this many again we will look to have one horse with each trainer and, ideally, have them in place to start the 2017 Canterbury Park season.
The hope is that we will broaden our chances to come into the season with 2 horses ready to go as well as to give folks another perspective on training and racing.
I will be posting again once we close out 2016 and will have the rollover form available at that time as well. We are aiming for the end of January for the rollover forms. Clay is very prompt with his billing, the same cannot always be said of the vet bill, but hopefully…
Sign up forms are at the bottom of this post. At the bottom of the form is the information to mail in your agreements. Please let us know if you have any questions either by leaving a comment here or contacting us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or jmaday@canterburypark.