Tour 2 Saturday

We are coming up on our second backside tour of the season so I will be reiterating here what we told the first group in terms of directions and what to expect.

– We will meet you all at the stable gate between 9:00 – 9:15 AM. While we may wait a couple of minutes, late comers cannot be allowed entry to the backside, so please be prompt. The stable gate is located on Barenscheer Rd. If you’re approaching Canterbury from 169, go straight through the lights instead of turning left at the Canterbury sign. The backside will be on your left. Take the first left and then the first left again. That is the stable entrance (there is a sign there as well). You can park along the side there or along Barensheer on the grass. Please make sure that you are off the road.

– We will check out the end of morning works, go to the administration building and then swing by the barn

– There will be a LOT of walking so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared. The tour will take about 2 hours, perhaps a bit more so be comfortable and dress for the weather. We will be crossing the exit off the track to get to the trainer’s stand – be aware that it is deep and sandy. There are rest rooms in the admin building and not along the way, so plan accordingly;

– If you’re bringing kids, keep a close hold of them. There is a lot of potential for injury and we cannot be responsible for kids wandering off. Which leads to the next point…

– Horses have the right of way at all times. We’ll keep the group close together and make sure that we give the horses a wide berth. There will be a lot of activity this time of the morning and we need to make sure that we stay out of the way.

– When we get to the barn and our horses are brought out for us, please mind the stable folks that bring them out. Please don’t crowd and listen to their instructions. Both horses are very sweet BUT they are still horses and there will be a lot of people.

– If you go to take pictures with them, please don’t dawdle. We want to make sure that everyone gets a chance with them!

-Finally, please stay with the group.  Unlicensed personnel cannot be unescorted on the back side. You cannot wander around the barns and just visit horses.  There are liability issued to consider, both for the track and for the trainers whose barn you wander into.

See you Saturday!



Questions, June Finances

Only a couple of folks have asked any questions for the next blog post so if you have some questions about racing, racing terminology or anything, drop it below in the comments or send me a note at and it will be the subject of a post early next week.

Also next Saturday is the next tour so stand by for a rerun of the instructions from last time for the folks that are attending this tour as well.  I would anticipate that post going up Tuesday or Wednesday.

Finally, below are the financials through the month of June.  There is some questions I have on a vet bill that I’m working on but otherwise this is a good representation of where we are at this point in time.

Nevvy is holding her own while Ark needs to pick up the effort.  We’ll be getting aggressive on placements to try and get that elusive first win.

CRC 2018 Running financials -JUNE

Nevvy, Ark and the MTA

Nevvy had a pedicure on Tuesday and the farrier probed her pretty good to check for signs of tenderness and, thankfully, there was not any.  She is training well and it should be time to start looking for a race for her.  Ideally we’ll get a maiden claimer on the turf – I think if we can catch one going 7.5 furlongs or so we can nail down that first win of the season.

Ark is training as well and we’ll try and find him a soft spot as well.  It sure would be nice to get on a little roll.

I have had some people ask about how to get more involved in the racing industry here and what instantly came to mind was the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association.  I asked my friend, Kay King, the executive director of the MTA, for a list she made up some time ago of reasons to join the MTA.  I’m reproducing that here.

You can also go to their website by clicking here.  Obviously there is no obligation and the MTA is NOT affiliated with the Club or the track but an independent organization. The MTA is an organization of owners, breeders and fans of thoroughbred racing with its own bylaws and Board of Directors.

Without further ado:

Why Join the MTA by Kay King

o Stay current on the latest and greatest information and updates on what is happening in Minnesota’s Thoroughbred industry!

o Take advantage of the MTA’s website –! As an MTA member you can list your farm and/or services on our website at no charge! Check out the “Directory” tab(s) and let us know which page you would like to put your farm, stable or service listing on!

o As an MTA member you also have the benefit of listing your equine related goods and services for sale – free of charge – on the MTA’s website for 60 days!

o Take advantage of special “MTA member only” advertising discounts in the MTA Newsletter!

o Invitations to all MTA events – including the Awards Banquet and other exclusive member events, at Canterbury Park!

o Complimentary gate passes to Canterbury Park for the Live Race Meet! Use them yourself! Share them!

o Only MTA members can enter horses in an MTA Sale!

o If you purchase a horse at the MTA Sale and are not a member, you will be charged for a membership. Renew your MTA membership today and get the most out of it!

o Only horses owned entirely by MTA members are considered for the beautiful trophies presented at the MTA’s Awards Banquet!

o MTA Members are provided the opportunity to get involved and support our industry on many levels, including important legislative efforts; helping with our charitable efforts on a local basis, such as the Leg Up Fund; working at the MTA/MQHRA Annual Backside BBQ to serve those who spend their days taking care of our favorite horses and let them know how much their dedication and hard work is appreciated; volunteering to help MTA events and activities run smoothly.

o MTA Members receive a complimentary subscription to American Racehorse, a magazine designed to showcase the horses and horsemen of Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, while also keeping members of those associations informed with updates and insight to help them succeed.

Bit of a Break

Mr. Ark is back to work and appears to have come out of his race none the worse for wear.  He ran a crappy race with no real excuse so we’ll give him his 2-3 weeks and bring him back and see if we can do better.

Nevvy is battling a bit of a hoof issue.  It appears that she has a small abscess in one of her hooves which could explain her clunker of a performance last out.  They are working on it in the barn with a poultice to help the abscess come out and the farrier will take a look tomorrow as well.  Once the abscess is out and healed she should be back and better than ever.

Now that we have probably a week or two before we hit our next race, let’s knock out a few things:

  • The next financial statement should be posted this week;
  • The next tour is July 21, don’t forget to RSVP via email (;
  • Let’s answer some questions!

I was approached in the paddock before Ark’s race by a member who mentioned that there were some terms that we used from time to time that weren’t easily understood.  Since the entire purpose of our happy band of horse owners is to better understand the game, I thought this sounded like a good blog post!

To this end, either in the comments below or via email ( let us know any words or terms you’d like to have explained.  After using a certain vernacular for so long you tend to forget that not everyone knows what the heck you’re talking about so I apologize for that and look forward to getting us all on the same page.

Should be fun!

Mr. Ark Fades Late

Mr. Ark was very keen to go early – a bit too keen – and wouldn’t settle down Dean Butler until the far turn at which point his race was gone and the tank was empty.

No real excuses.  The race came up as tough as a $5000 claimer for non-winners of two for the year possibly can as evidenced by three horses getting claimed out of the seven horse field.

No real excuses here.  He was rank early and couldn’t get settled.  He ran like he was super fresh so we end up in an odd spot: two weeks is too close for him but 3 1/2 is too much.  We’ll get him back to the barn, give him the once over to make sure that all is well and then point him to his next race.

I Never Give Up will get a little extra time after racing three times in six weeks.  Then we’ll bring her back with possibly some class relief and try to get on a little roll her in the middle of the meet.

Mr. Ark: Race Preview

For a $5,000 claiming race, the 5th race on Tuesday night came up mighty tough.  The race is a mile over the main track and Arky has Dean Butler aboard.  A reminder: we could not get a spot to get together Tuesday evening, which isn’t surprising considering it’s fireworks night. Another reminder: First post is 4 PM Tuesday and we should be up about 6:10.

Purple Sky (Bratcher/Arrieta) – Smoked a $4,000 field in late May.  Came back in a starter allowance and had a more difficult time of things.  Should be a pace stalker in here.

Sindy’s Luck (Diodoro/Mojica) – Won in gate to wire fashion clearly beating the Alumni Group’s horse, Perfect Movement, who came back to win at that level on Thursday night.  Has shown speed in each of his Canterbury starts so we should expect no less here.

Benny’s Glory (Randy Rarick/Velazquez) – It has been some time since the 7-year old has won a race.  Ran relatively consistently at this level at Tampa but cam up here and tried to move up in class and didn’t fare well.  Heads back to the beaten $5000 ranks and moves from sprint to route.

Call It Luke (Gordon/Mawing) – Was a non-factor in his 2 Canterbury starts this year.  Drops a bit in class for this race and does his best running late.

Redneck Attack (Richard/Eikleberry) – Claimed a month ago for $7500 and was bumped up in class for his first start for the new connection.  He wasn’t able to keep up on the turf and comes back here below his claiming price.  Usually a negative but this group likes to win races and, should he win, they nearly pick up the claiming price.  A win and a claim and they get out a little ahead.  He’ll be pushing the pace.


Cristianstorm (Berndt/Hamilton) – Winner last out and beat Sindy’s Luck in the process.  Certainly fits here and will be coming late.

For a small field there are a variety of running styles on display and the race is super competitive.

Arky runs better long than he does short so going the mile is certainly going to be helpful, but there are some solid horses going here and the fact that we like to be on or near the lead is a bit problematic with the quality of horses he’ll need to battle up front and then hold of late.

His best races going long at Oaklawn and Texas carry speed figures that could win this race.  We’ll need some luck, but hopefully we can prevail.  If not, a solid showing and hitting the board would help pay the bills.

Group 2, you’re in the paddock.  We’ll meet you over there after race 4 and we’ll send Ark off right!


Mr Ark Up Tuesday

We’ll be hoping for some our own fireworks to compliment the Canterbury fireworks on Tuesday evening as Mr. Ark heads postward in the 5th race. It’s a one mile affair on the main track for $5000 claimers that haven’t won a pair of races on the year.

Dean Butler, fresh off a win for the alumni group on Thursday night, will be aboard. It is a 7 horse race and we have drawn post 6.

Keep in mind that there is a special first post time on Tuesday (4 PM) for the traditions fireworks spectacular after racing. Therefore though we are in the 5th on a weekday, estimated post time for our race is 6:10 PM

Not surprisingly for July 3, all the gathering areas are sold out so we will not have a special location Tuesday.  Group 2 gets another crack in the paddock And we will meet you all by the gate after the 4th race

In other news, Nevvy seems to have come out of her race pretty good so we’ll let her recover and then find her next outing.  We may be looking to drop her out of maiden special weight company a little bit and get that thusfar elusive maiden breaker!