Oooooooklahoma!

Ender was not ready to race this weekend.  He needed more than two weeks to recover and get ready to run so we’ll be unable to run closing weekend.  While a disappointment, it does not make sense to run the horse when he’s not ready just so we can see him one more time – we’re asking for trouble and it’s not good for him.

Karl will be taking him to Oklahoma and I will be looking into licensing this week so we’ll be ready to go when he’s ready to go.

We got the groups through the paddock several times this season and we were able to hit the winners’ circle in a race carrying the richest purse the Club has ever won.  And we came ever so close (a head bob!) from doing it again.

We hope that everyone had a good summer and enjoyed the experience, thank you so very much from all of us involved in the Club for being a part this year, but we’re not done yet!  We’ll keep you posted here and on Twitter on just how Ender is doing until he leaves us.

Then we’ll gear up to do it again in 2020!

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Laura Ray Retired

As was evident in her last race where Nik Goodwin had her in a great position to make a run and she didn’t, Lauran Ray was done with racing.  She just didn’t want to do it anymore.  It certainly happens to all horses but with mares, especially, when they decide they are done, they are done.

There were a couple of things we could have chosen to do: sell her for racing, put her through the paddock sale on Monday or try and sell her privately and retire her.  We chose the latter course and connected her with a young woman who will be using her as a project horse as she competes in hunter/jumper classes.

Laura Ray gets a soft landing in a home where she will be loved and have a job.  That’s all we all should ever want from ex-racehorses and we are grateful she is going to have this opportunity.

The minimum sale price in the paddock sale would have been $500 so that is the price we sold her.

Ender, however, came out of his race well and there is a chance that he may get another race on closing weekend, so stay tuned.

Thank you to all that RSVP’d to the breakfast next Saturday.  We got the final number to the food and beverage department and look forward to seeing you all there.

Not What We Had Hoped

Certainly not the Saturday we had hoped for when the races drew on Wednesday.  Ender ran okay, coming on late but not with the huge rush we saw in his victory and Laura Ray was put in position to do something late but had no kick.

There are only a couple of weekends left in the meet so we are looking at our options going forward.  Here are the thoughts after yesterday’s races:

Laura Ray last race

LAURA RAY: She’s running at the bottom level for the turf here and she’s not cutting it.  She likes the Turf Paradise course and has done well there so we’ve asked around to see if anyone heading to Arizona would like to bring her back.  It doesn’t make much sense for us to do given the high cost of shipping, plus licensing and the low purses there, but if someone is heading there already, she may make sense for them.  We’re also shopping her to non-racing outlets as well like hunter/jumper barns in the area here to find her a second career.

ENDER: Ender has obviously been running successfully at a much higher level so we will see how he comes out of this race.  He COULD run closing weekend, he may not, it all depends upon how he is doing.  Every two weeks can be rough on a horse after a while, so we’ll give him the time he needs.  Should the meet close and we still have him, we will go ahead and get licensed wherever Karl wants to bring him next and race there.  He has horses stabled all over the country so we’ll see where he thinks he’d fit best.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the closing get together at Silks between 9-11 AM on Saturday, September 14 at ted@grevelisrsacing.com – and if you have friends that feel badly they missed the Club this year but want to be a part next year…bring them along!

Race Preview: Ender

Ender will go in race in a salty seven horse field in race seven.  He’ll break from post 2 with Quincy Hamilton aboard.  The race is another $15,000 optional claiming race over the dirt but THIS time we’re going 6 1/2 furlongs rather than the 5 1/2 last time.

Rolls Royce Deal (Diodoro/Arrieta) – Beat us last out when we finished 2nd.  We all know we surged a bit early and Ender got lazy up front.  Quincy got him going again but just too late.  Be assured that Quincy will have that in mind – he’s a professional who knows how to win.

Group 1 is in the paddock for this one.

ENDER (BROBERG/HAMILTON)

London Legacy (Van Winkle/Lindsay) – Gate to wire last out when Ender wasn’t on top of his game and blistered an 88 Beyer in the process.  This guy can certainly win to 6 1/2 furlongs and will be prominent early.

Awesome Emmit (Donlin/Goncalves) – Tried to push London Legacy last out but flattened out late.  He may be able to get closer with a 6 1/2 furlong race and will likely push London Legacy early.

Unleash the Beast (JSilva/Gonzalez) – Will absolutely be prominent early.  I’m sensing a pattern that I like…

Jerrys Pridenjoy (Richard/Hernandez) – Been running in allowance company and been getting close but not quite there.  A $15,000 optional is not much of a step down and will look to stalk and pounce.

I’m a G Six (Padilla/Loveberry) – Seems to prefer going longer though sprint efforts were in pretty salty allowances.  Should be trying to come from off the pace.

Ender is getting his preferred distance along with a decent amount of pace in the race to get after late.  By no means is this a lock for our boy, this is a good field, but the race sets up nicely for him and it’s hard to not be optimistic.  That said, it’s a horse race. London Legacy is no slouch and there are several solid allowance horses here that will be very hard to beat.  It should be a good one and we have a chance.

Race Preview: Laura Ray

Laura Ray goes Saturday in a $7500 claiming race going a mile on the turf.  Nik Goodwin is on board and she’ll be breaking from the rail (post 1).  We really wanted a 5 furlong race at this level but one would not go so we can only run what we have in front of us.

Group 3 is in the paddock.

LAURA RAY (LITFIN/GOODWIN)

Deputy Dora (Westerman/Evans) – $2500 claim has since won at $10,000 and she’s hoit the board at this level and in a $15,000 optional.  She had a tough time against $16,000 claimers last out and drops down into this spot.

Miss Shawhan (Diodoro/Hamilton) – Won at $16,000 two starts back before faltering last time out at the same level.  She’ll be coming from off the pace and also drops hard into this level.

First Hunter (Robertson/Canchari) – Hard to see how, if First Hunter is on her game, that she doesn’t win this race. She’s won two in a row: a $50,000 stake against state breds and an open $25,000 claiming race.  She has the best Beyers and most class in the field, will be close to the pace – if not setting it – and really shouldn’t have a hard time with this group.

Cause to Wonder (MA Silva/Butler) – Solid 2nd at this level last out behind several of these in here at higher levels.  She may be close to the pace and try and push things along.

Ocean Dream (J Silva/Martin) – Finished just behind Cause to Wonder last out at this level but the sledding is going to be tougher in this race.

Raging Gold Digger (Berndt/Eikleberry) – Won a conditioned claimer two back at $25,000 and hasn’t missed the board since May 2018.  Will definitely be putting pressure on the field up front.

Gattaia (Diodoro/Arrieta) – Crushed a field of four when this race came off the turf last out at this level.  Has run best ‘off the turf’ but has hit the board recently over the sod in conditioned $16,000 claimers to open the meet.

This is a tough field.  Several solid class droppers including First Hunter.  She hasn’t wanted to rate and come from off the pace but may not possess the speed to battle the faster horses here.  Stalk and pounce will most likely be her best chance.  Realistically, if she can hit the board her day will be a success.

Next up: Ender race preview.

Racing Saturday

My apologies to you all that only get your Club news from the Blog!

I was away all week and when entries were drawn on Wednesday for Saturday I sent out a Tweet and then a more lengthy Facebook post on the Club page but whiffed on the follow up blog post.

Here are the details:

LAURA RAY: Race 4.   $7500 claiming race going a mile over the turf with Nik Goodwin up, post 1.  We wanted a 5 furlong race at this level but never got one so we can only write what is written so we go in the Mile.  Group 3 is back in the paddock for this one.

ENDER: Race 7. Ender was really feeling himself this week so Karl felt confident to not only bring him back this weekend but also to not drop him in class.  He’s back in in a $15,000 optional claimer with Quincy Hamilton but this time back to his favored 6.5 furlong distance.  He will be running from post 2. Back to Group 1 for the paddock.

A race preview and location for Club seating (if any) will be coming up later.

Again, my apologies to the group.  For future reference, if you are on Twitter, we are @CBY_Racing_Club; if you are a Facebooker, all you need to do is search for Canterbury Racing Club and “like” the page to get it on your feed.

Closing Day Get Together

What more appropriate day to close out the Club season than Closing Day of racing?

We will be gathering in Silks for one last time between 9-11 on Saturday, September 14 whether we have a horse or two or not!  We’ll have beverages, some pastries/donuts and probably see the last horses on the grounds going through their paces before moving on.

We can talk about the season, the future, next year and whatever else…one last chance to get together and enjoy the Club.

Please RSVP to me at ted@grevelisracing.com by Thursday, September 5 so we can get a head count.  If you have friends that may be interested in Clubbing next year (or if you’re following the blog and want to know more specifics!), bring them along!

Keep an eye on this space for race previews coming later today!