Ender Comes Back Well; Laura Ray Next

Ender came out of his race fine, though a little tired from the huge come from behind effort.  He did come back into that race on 13 days so Karl will most likely wait a bit longer between races this time to give him a bit more rest time.  We’ll see then what kind of spot he’ll come back in.

Laura Ray has been working well and our attention now turns to her. She didn’t run badly last time out but her steadily closing style could mean she needs a bit more distance than 7 furlongs.  The class level (between $7500 – $10,000 claiming) appears to be right in her wheelhouse so Nevada is looking to get her in for a mile, mile 70 or a mile and a sixteenth which could be as early as next weekend, though we don’t enter until later in the week.  We will make any announcements on the Twitter feed (@CBY_Racing_Club) or Facebook page (Canterbury Racing Club) when anything happens and then follow up later in the day with a more detailed blog post.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the backside tours!  You can see all the details here. 

Tour Dates Set

We have set the first two bag side tour dates.  We picked one Saturday and one Sunday so folks can have their choice of days.

Saturday, July 13 will be the first with Sunday, July 28 as the second.

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. We will watch some morning works, check out our horse(s) and visit the administration building.

We will keep the groups close to 50 people per tour.

Please RSVP to me at ted@grevelisracing.com 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.

Ender WINS!

Congratulations team!  Ender ran his race, came from off the pace and drew off strongly under Quincy Hamilton’s third win of the day.

Congratulations to Karl, Clemente (Karl’s assistant here), the folks in the barn and Quincy.  Beautifully done to turn the horse around in 2 weeks and pick us up the win.

The winning chart is below.

We can pick up our win pictures at the track photographer at any time.  Take the stairs down to the lower level that are next to the nut lady stand.  When you get downstairs turn right and then right again toward the track and the track photographer will be on your right.

If you need the elevator, use the elevator outside the card club near the valet entrance.  Go down to the basement, turn right, then right at the end of the hallway.  Track photographer will be on your right.

The pictures will be covered by the Club and each Clubber is entitled to one winners’ circle photo.  They will be available at any time throughout the meet so no need to rush – just let the folks in the office know you’re there for the Club photo.

You can watch the replay here: https://www.canterburypark.com/streaming-replays/ Just choose June 20 and race 7!

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYBODY!!

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The Experts’ Thoughts on the Race

Here are some of the Pro Picks for our race:

Canterbury Program

Awesome Emmit drew a good post to utilize his pace-pressing style. Larry Donlin must’ve liked what he saw when this guy started back up this spring, because he ended up in a couple of stakes races. Most recently he tired in the Dowd Mile, but he ran second in the sprint race just before that at 24-1. Regardless of his Fonner races, he adores Canterbury and has almost always performed well at six and a half furlongs. Goncalves was onboard for the ride the last time this gelding posed for pictures here, and he’s back in the saddle tonight.

Never Give In is in for a claiming tag after not being up for sale the entire year. However, the last time he popped up for a tag it was right around this price, and he came home a winner by a few lengths at Turf Paradise. The only time he tried this tricky distance he was running in a $40,000 claiming race at Churchill Downs; in with his friends at this level he should show more of what he’s got to offer.

Ender was flying home against a little lower-priced field at this distance. It seems to be a sweet spot for him going 6 ½ even if he isn’t heavy on the win end of things. Karl Broberg knows what makes this one tick—he’s claimed him a few times in a little over a year, this time for the Canterbury Racing Club. In eight starts at Canterbury Ender has been a little camera shy, but he’s still hit the board in half his starts here and is very usable in exotics if you don’t care for him on the win end of things.

Race Selections:
1st Place: #7 Awesome Emmit 2nd Place: #5 Never Give In 3rd Place: #1 Ender

Star Tribune’s Johnny Love

GOT EVEN SMARTER moves well down in class, and should be sitting mid-pack with Dean Butler aboard before making final move. HOT ITEM was winner two back, but came up a neck short and had to settle for third honors last out. REAL FAST MUSIC and ENDER are major players in a closely matched group.

Brian Arrigoni

Race 7       8-3-2

 

 

Race Preview: Ender; MTA Seminar

Ender makes his stable debut tonight for the Club and trainer Karl Broberg. We’ll be breaking from the rail in the 6.5 furlong race over the main track. The conditions of the race are: $15,000 claiming or horses that have never won a race other than maiden, claiming or starter. We qualify by virtue of being entered for the $15,000 tag – or double what we paid for him when we claimed him on the 9th – since he’s already won an allowance race in his career.

Silks looks to be available tomorrow night so we’ll have some tables set aside for Clubbers there.  Keep an eye on the welcome signs when you come in. It looks like it might be wet out but we’ll be running regardless.

Group 3 (Allen – Hegseth) is in the paddock.

Here is the field for the race:

ENDER (BROBERG/HAMILTON)

Shooters Alley (Litfin/Eikleberry) – Faded a bit in his seasonal debut but now has his legs under him and should improve off of that effort. He has shown some flexibility in running close and coming from off the pace.

Got Even Smarter (Sterling/Butler) – Had a good stalking trip in his last and even though he was 3rd beaten 7 ½ lengths, it was against a very salty group of $35,000 optional claimers. The Minnesotan is going to be tough.

Hot Item (Bethke/Martin) – First off the claim for Troy Bethke. He has been very consistent thus far this year, in the money five of six times with a win at Oaklawn. He’s coming into the race sharp and will be stabbing late.

Never Give In (Diodoro/Arrieta) – Been running in tough starters at Oaklawn Park and Prairie Meadows while also being stakes paced in Arizona to close out 2018. Should be forwardly placed early.

Forze Mau (Litfin/Roman) – Finished a solid 4th first time off the claim at Oaklawn Park two starts back though his Canterbury debut was a bit lackluster. He won’t be hustled early and will look to make a late run.

Awesome Emmit (Donlin/Goncalves) – Nebraska shipper was stakes placed at Fonner. Claimed back by Donlin after losing the horse at the end of the Canterbury meet last summer, he should be flashing speed.

Real Fast Music (Padilla/Gonzalez) – Looking to cross the wire first again after dead heating in his Canterbury debut but being disqualified to 5th. He should be close to the pace early.

On the Lam (Riecken/Goodwin) – Closer has had a rough time since the claim tried the turf last out. Returns to the main track for this race.

Ender has run solid races on the engine and coming from off the pace, you’ll recall he was a hard charging 2nd in the race that we claimed him. Quincy will have some flexibility as the race unfolds and with this only being his 3rd race back from his winter break he should be eligible to improve in this race as well.

Karl has had him in the barn twice before and was excited to be able to claim him back which is always a good thing. Ender also holds the highest last race Beyer Speed Figure if you’re a believer in that number as well. There are a lot of positives heading into the race but it’s a well matched field for the most part so we’ll have to see how the race unfolds.

See you Thursday night and best of luck!

The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association is having their second in a series of Ownership Seminars this Saturday morning at the track.

You can view the flier for details here: MTA Seminar 19

Laura Ray 6th; End in Thursday

Although Laura Ray was 6th last night, we’re less disappointed with her performance than it looks on paper.

She broke a bit slower than we would have liked so it was difficult for Eddie to get her into good position with the rail out 30 feet (more on that below).  He angled her out to get a good run late but by the time she was able to unwind it was too late.  She did make up some ground and was slightly bothered by the six which halted any late momentum.  She obviously wasn’t going to win, but she may have been able to pick up a place or two.

She got back to the barn and drank down a full bucket of water and was pretty tired.  The race probably served as a nice tightener for her.  She certainly wasn’t outclassed and should give us a good run next time out (which I would anticipate would be about 3 weeks).

What does the rail being at 30 feet mean?

The turf course has a temporary rail that is moved in and out throughout the season.  When it is at 0 feet, the course is at it’s widest.  When it is at 30 feet, it’s narrowest.

The reason for this movement is that, unlike the dirt course, the turf course cannot just be harrowed after the races.  It gets torn up by the hooves and needs some recovery time.  By moving the rail out and then back in again, the inside paths around the track get a chance to grow back in and “heal”, keeping the track smoother and safer.

The movement of the rail does affect certain running styles, though.  When the track is at it’s widest, there is more real estate available for maneuvering, finding position and swinging wide in the lane.  At it’s narrowest it is much more difficult for a jockey to find room and harder for closers to get into position to make a run.  Horses with speed have a more distinct advantage.

This time we faced a solid group with the rail out as far it can be.  We’ll go after ’em next time!

Ender in Thursday Night

Ender came out of his race well and Karl entered him for Thursday night.  It’s a $15,000 optional claiming race over the main track at 6.5 furlongs with a purse of $30,000.  Quincy Hamilton will be on board and will break from the rail in race 7.  Paddock group 3 will be leading the charge!  We’ll be covering this more beginning next week.

We will be discussing plans for the backside tours this weekend and will hope to have a couple of dates for you by the end of the weekend.

Race Preview: Laura Ray

Welcome to race number two. Just a few days after rounding out the Club with the acquisition of Ender, we head postward with Laura Ray in Thursday’s fourth race. It’s $10,000 claiming race going 7 ½ furlongs over the turf course.

Group 2 (Group 2: Heidelberger – Mueller) will be in the paddock. We won’t know about a space for the Club until later on this evening or maybe even tomorrow. We will post it on the Club Twitter feed (@CBY_Racing_Club) and Facebook Page (Canterbury Racing Club) as soon as we know. There will also be signs up as you enter the track in case you miss it: if we don’t make the sign, we weren’t able to get a space.

After some rain early today it looks like the remainder of Wednesday and all of Thursday are going to be gorgeous so there shouldn’t be an issue with the race coming off the turf.

Here is a look at the race:

Indian Bella (Ashford/E Gonzalez) – Her first three races of 2019 had her closer up than she was in her previous races. She was outrun in her local debut but she had been off for close to 2 months so that was understandable as well as she was running at a higher level. She drops to the lowest level of her career in here and will be dangerous.

LAURA RAY (LITFIN/MARTIN)

Ryan and Madison (Scherer/Meche) – One of five Minnesotans in the race. This will be her first time on the turf and only second time going this far. Not usually speedy but, at times, horses stretching out flash early speed.

U S Express (Donlin Jr./Lindsay) – Another Minnesotan, though she is 0-6 over the turf, she does have a third place.

North of Eden (Silva/Eikleberry) – This oft-claimed mare has 2 turf seconds in 2 turf starts at Canterbury. She was facing allowance caliber horses at Remington but now making her first start in nearly 7 months. Possibly could provide some pace.

Seynatawnee (Bravo/Mawing) – Third Minnesotan was second in an open $20,000 nw2 lifetime claiming race over the Canterbury turf last year. In her best races she’s been able to sit just off the leaders. Made her seasonal debut at Will Rogers in April but had another six weeks off since.

Lookin Ata Runaway (Rengstorf/Butler) – Deep closing Minnesotan will be coming hard late with the master of pace, Dean Butler, aboard.

R J’s Silver Syd (McKinley/Goncalves) – Final Minnesotan is the tepid morning line favorite at 7/2. Is 3 for 11 over the Canterbury turf but has yet to win in open company. Showed more speed in seasonal debut than has in the past ($15K optional claimer).

Can’t Touch Me (Hornsby/Goodwin) – Fresh off the claim for trainer Tammy Hornsby, mare is 0-3 over the turf but was facing a tougher bunch in Arkansas. Back after nearly 9 weeks.

The big question we all have, I think (and Nevada mentions it in the video below), is will there be enough pace for our girl to run at late? There is no obvious early speed but there are several in here that like to be close and may inherit the lead whether they want it or not. Ideally there will be a few of those to drag the field along and give our girls something to run at late.

Laura Ray is 3 for 10 over this turf course so she’s done some winning here. She came back after 6 weeks into the race we claimed her where she did make up some ground before tiring a bit. She should be more fit after that effort and she should be able to keep coming this week providing the early pace is fair.

See you in the paddock after the replays of race 3.  Check out the short video of Ender and then Nevada talking about the race.