Closing Out, Starting Up, New Beginnings

We have officially closed out 2019!  The Club started with a balance of $39,250 and 157 members.  We managed to win a pair of races and came within a head bob of winning a third this year.  We won at Canterbury and we won in Oklahoma at Remington Park.  We managed to retire a mare to a forever home with a young woman who loves her completely.  We finished the year with $22,918.35 in the bank.  All in all, a nice 2019!

This brings us to some major changes coming to the 2020 season.

The Canterbury Racing Club was the first of its kind, beginning in 2009 and was copied in various iterations by other tracks around the country with great success. There is a reinvigorated effort this coming season to find and develop racehorse owners, which begat the Minnesota Racehorse Engagement Project (MREP) over the summer.

We are proud of what we have been able to do at Canterbury, showing many the joys of racehorse ownership and we appreciate that you have been along for the journey.
There are changes going forward that I want to make you aware of. The plan for 2020 is to keep your group intact but not accept any new members. If you want to rejoin the cost is $104.

The MREP is starting a new club or clubs but using a different model. They will have an initial fee of $199 with enrollment capped at 150 members; but none of the fee would come back to the group members. Instead the balance would go to a designated charity such as a horse retirement fund or an injured jockey fund. You certainly are welcome to explore that group as they will begin selling memberships online later this month.

However we would love to have you stay in this club for another season, operating the way we did in 2019. We will change the name (Original Canterbury Racing Club 2020?) but not the way things are done.

For those of you that will return for 2020, the contribution is only $104. Because we finished the year early enough, we have attached the form to re-up for 2020. Please let us know via email if you are NOT rejoining (jmaday@canterburypark.com OR ted@grevelisracing.com) before December 31, 2019. If you are reupping, just return the attached form with the $104 as you have in the past (if you have forgotten, there are instructions on the form). Checks should go out around mid- to late-January. One thing to keep in mind is that should you opt out and receive your funds, but change your mind, you will be have to be directed to the new Club.

We should be ready to go at the beginning of the Oaklawn meet and hopefully will have enough returnees to continue with two horses and Karl and Nevada as trainers.  It should be a fun and dynamic 2020!

For more information on the new Club, please visit https://www.racehorseminnesota.com/ The new Club will be run separately from this Club and will be run by different management so you’ll have to direct your questions there.

rollover 2020 Canterbury Racing Club Membership

CRC 2019 Running Financials – Year End

Pictures Are In

The winners’ circle pictures are in for all the folks that ordered one!  Here is the process for distribution:

The photos are upstairs in the Clubhouse level information booth along with a list of names of the folks that indicated they wanted a picture.  You can start picking up your pictures today and there is one for each person.

Please keep in mind that these are ONLY the Remington Park photos.  We do not have access to the Canterbury win photo.

I have the final statements and trainers and vets are paid so I will be finalizing the finances the next week and we should have some totals to bring to you soon.

News about next year’s group will be coming soon as well.  There are going to be some changes coming next year, so stay tuned.

Photo: Last Chance

I have a head count and I’ll be finalizing things with the Remington track photographer the next couple of days.  Jeff and I will figure our distribution but will likely be something like the following:

I will generate a list of all the RSVPs and put it with the photos at one of the information booths at Canterbury.  As you pick up your photo, you’ll be marked off the list.

The ACTUAL method of pick up will be posted on here when the photos come in.

This is you last opportunity to order a photo in the comments section if you haven’t already.  If you do not reserve a photo, the only chance you will have to order will be on your own.

Thanks again for a fantastic year and congratulations again on the win!

 

Head Count for Win Photo

Okay folks, can you please put up a comment if you want a winners’ circle photo from Ender’s race last week.

Here are the parameters: we will make one purchase in bulk to get the best pricing possible; they will be mailed to Canterbury Park for pick up (details to be announced); they won’t “expire” so you can pick up your photo whenever you can get by the track; we unfortunately cannot mail out photos given the size of the group, cost and labor it would require; one photo per member.

Win! And a Claim.

Ender went from last to first under a very well timed ride by Ramon Vazquez in the 8th at Remington yesterday.  All credit to Karl Broberg and team knowing what Ender had in the tank after last week’s race and knowing he would come back and run big tonight.

Last early, Ramon got him underway heading into the far turn and he ate up a ton of ground down the middle of the race track.  Here is the chart of the race: RP101119USA8

Unfortunately Ender was claimed out of his race by Canterbury trainer Larry Donlin.We pocketed $7500 for the claim (same as we paid for him) and another $7284 for the win.  We will get things closed out and the next financial statement should be the close out of the 2019 season.

Thanks for all the members and our trainers – and their entire staffs – for a wonderful 2019 season.

There will be more details on renewal, etc. as we get closer to the end of the year.  If you weren’t a member this season and want to get involved in the action, JOIN US for 2020!  We’ll have an enrollment period that should last from before Christmas through the end of February!

Ender: Race Preview

Ender heads into Friday night’s race as the tepid 3/1 morning line favorite.  We’re back where we started in a $7500 claiming race.  This time the distance is 5.5 furlongs which, we know, isn’t ideal.  However there certainly does appear to be plenty of pace in the race to run at and we’re hopeful that plus his class will give us a win at Remington.

The race is the 8th on the card again, going off at approximately 10:23 PM.  We’re breaking from post position seven with Ramon Vazquez aboard.

Biblical Strength (David/Tohill) – Shooting for back to back wins after winning a $5000 starter in Columbus.  Certainly will be prominent early as he takes a jump up in class.

Smrty Party Papa (Gleason/Triana) – The former Litfin charge is in new hands and has been off since mid-August. He appears to be best on the lead, at least he was while he was in Nebraska earlier in the year.

Tiz Showbiz (Martin/Eads) – Off since May but has really been working well in anticipation of his return.  Trainer is only 8% with long layoffs and this closer seems to want more distance.  Could be a race to get one in him before going longer.

Dance Doctor (Compton/Pusac) – Another off since August.  Former Broberg trainee makes his return to the races against us.  Not really a front runner, he does like to press the early pace.

Meme Jo (Bryant/Luzzi) – Last 8 have all been turf efforts and he returns to the dirt here. His last two dirt races, though further back in the PPs, were not bad at all.  Returns to the level at which he was claimed.  Another best on the front end.

Silis (Mitchell/Wales) – Claimed 4 times in the last year,this guy will be vying for the lead early and should help us get the pace we want.  It certainly doesn’t appear that he’ll be able to get loose on the lead.

ENDER (BROBERG/VAZQUEZ)

Imma Wild Bling (Pruitt/Wethey) – Normally competitive gelding flatered in his last start at two times the current tag.  Looks to be back where he belongs and also enjoys being on or close to the lead.

Smart Spree (Villafranco/Elliot) – Another who will want the front end, this guy comes out of the same race as Imma Wild Bling on his inside – and didn’t fare as well.  He was certainly very comeptitive in Iowa against higher level horses and, only 16 months ago, was thought highly enough to be run in Graded Stakes, including a 4th place finish in the Count Fleet.  This race, however,, looks to be the lowest claiming level of his career.

Sophoisticatedbling (Broberg/Cabrera) – Karl’s other entry and another sired by Too Much Bling, he’s also a front end type adding to a very competitive front end.

Redneck Attack (Assmusen/Eramia) – Late running type that should be battling us late.  Making his second start off a layoff for a top barn that wins with 21% of these types.

Ender has really been training well coming off of his break and was maybe a bit keen coming out of the time off last week.  It really looks like we’ll get the pace the we want, we’ll have to see if there is enough racetrack for him to complete the job.  I don’t worry about him going head to head with Redneck Attack late since we know that our boy loves to dig in and battle – he may not win it, but he has no quit.

Good luck everyone, this should be an exciting one!

 

Becoming Harley

While we wait for Ender’s race (where he is the morning line favorite, by the way) on Friday night, here is an update on Laura Ray.

As you know, Laura was sold to a young gal from Wisconsin near the end of the meet.  She had some time to get acclimated and now she’s being ridden regularly and loved to pieces.

Here are a couple of photos on Laura Ray, now living life as “Harley”, in southwestern Wisconsin.  The first is the day she went home and the second being ridden.

Such an important part of racing horses is making sure you can find a good life for them after racing.  We’ve done well in the past, but in this case we really did an exceptional job.  She has a great home with a young girl that loves her and that is something of which we all can be proud. Go get ’em, Harley!