Entering Races

Both Club horses were entered this weekend for races the beginning of next weekend but neither race filled enough to be used so we’ll have to settle for fireworks above the racetrack on the 3rd and 4th instead of on it!

Ender’s possible race drew only a pair of entrants.  We will of course try again when Karl sees a spot where he can be competitive and ready to roll. This spot came up so we tried it but it was expected to give him an additional week of rest so it’s not terrible that his race didn’t go.

Laura Ray’s race was considerably closer – there were five entries for her race but still needed one more horse in order to make the race go for Friday.  The race was brought back as an extra for Saturday so we will enter again on Wednesday and see if another entry or two can get that race to go.  No guarantees, of course, but stay tuned to the Club Twitter feed (@CBY_Racing_Club) and Facebook page to get the news as it breaks Wednesday afternoon.


The above actually covered a lot of ground so here is a short primer on the process of entering races.

Each season a condition book is written for the season. There are several over the course of the season and they generally cover about a month at a time. It lists each racing day and the races planned for each day including a few substitute races. The order of the races on any particular day are NOT necessarily the order of the races for that day. The order is chosen AFTER the races are drawn to create the best wagering menu for that racing day.

You can click on this link to open up Canterbury’s condition book two that runs through next weekend:  http://www.canterburypark.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-Condition-Book-2-Book-Races.pdf

In the morning trainers enter their horses for racing. They enter via a computer in the racing office that is in a cubicle so no one can see which horse is being entered. There is video board on the wall that tracks the number of entries in each race, NOT the name, just a running count of the number of entries.

Races that are in the published condition book are used first so, in theory, if condition book races all fill, none of the extras are used – not a common occurrence. Generally each race day is comprised of races from the condition book as well as the extras.

Once the races are decided upon, the racing office puts out an “overnights and extras” sheet listing that day’s race card as well as the “extra” races being offered for the next racing day. They are called “extras” because they are extra to the condition book. They may be there by virtue of almost being filled but not quite so maybe a couple of days will draw enough entries, because a trainer requested a specific type of race or the possibility that the complexion of the horses on the backside has changed a bit so different races need to be written in order for races to fill.

This link will take you to the latest “overnights and extras”: http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbHorsemenAreaDownloadAction.cfm?sn=ONSC-CBY-20190705D

We’ll keep you posted later this week and, once the June bills come in (this week or next), we’ll have a new financial rundown as well.

Finally, don’t forget to RSVP for the backside tour of your choice!


2 thoughts on “Entering Races

    • It was another claiming race, albeit a lower level than the last race. Catch me at the track and we can talk more about it. Too many trainers now read the blog and if we give away where we may want to go with him we may not get entries to make the race go given his last performance. The claiming game is very much like playing poker in that respect.

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