Tammy D and Desert Storm

Although there has been no races for Tahitian Queen, Tammy has kept busy with Desert Storm, the camel. On Sunday, Canterbury Park’s popular Extreme Race day, the four camels loaded into the gate seconds before they flew open. Contrary to popular belief, Tammy’s camel was not the fastest. On the rail, Desert Storm (50-1) morning line, loped along half-heartedly and came in third. Maybe Desert Storm needed some blinkers? We always have next year. Good job Tammy!


Race Doesn’t Fill

11:37AM – Just heard that the race did not fill. This is disappointing and puts a damper on the plans to run twice before the end of the meet.

2:07PM – I met with your trainer at noon. “There’s nothing we can do about it. Hopefully the race will go on Thursday,” she said. “Otherwise it is open company and I am not too thrilled about that.”
Seven thoroughbred races were used for Sunday. Field size was ok except for two six horse fields, one being an allowance with four trainers handling the six horses. Unfortunately a couple more horses could not be hustled into TQ’s race or it would have been used as it was in the book and the allowance was an extra.

Reply To A Question

There were a few questions in response to the earlier post. I answered a couple of them in the comments section but will yake this one from ko here:

ko’s query: You ask for our comments but I am curious what Canterbury management/ownership thinks about this experience, and any similar feedback. I know that Canterbury got some decent press exposure about this “club”. Any direct feedback from the several media stories? And I’m sure most of us know some devoted fans of live racing and/or simulcast regulars who heard about this ownership club and I wonder if they have commented to you or managment. Has Canterbury been contacted by other horse tracks about this experience? What are Tammy’s thoughts about participating in this experience? How about Barry? Have other trainers/owners commented? Is Canterbury thinking of doing it on an yearly basis or never again or is it simply too early to tell?

REPLY: Thanks ko. First I will say that this was a leap of faith by management as well as this group. When I first presented the idea there was skepticism. But I am usually afforded enough rope here to hang myself so we moved forward. The idea was to expose a new group to horse ownership at a reasonable price and see where it took us. I had never planned to get the kind of media coverage we received. Once this great group of people formed and I saw what was developing on opening night it was easy to pitch the story to media outlets looking for something unique about Canterbury.

We have received a lot of positive feedback from the regular customers as well as from other horsemen. Your enthusiasm is contagious. I think other owners and trainers asee this approach as a possibility for them.

I can’t speak for Tammy but I think she has enjoyed this. You have been a great group of owners: thrilled, win or lose, and inquisitive.

I would guess that this is something we may try again next year in some format.

Finally, I really have had fun with this experiment. Winning sure helps, but this group has been so much fun to visit with and discuss racing and TQ. It has been a highlight of the race meet.

Getting Current and Looking Ahead

It is hard to believe that summer, and the Minnesota racing season, is headed to the wire already. It does not seem that long ago that you were crowding the winners’ circle on opening night. I hope this has been and enjoyable journey for each of you.

Let’s accomplish a couple of things here. The current account balance will be reviewed. I also would like you to submit questions through the comments section. There are certainly things that you want to know that we have yet to cover here. Ask and the staff here will attempt to find answers.

We also need to schedule another backside tour. Wednesdays are the best day as there is no racing so the pace is more relaxed. There is a Monday visit on the 24th in the works. That is a slow day with the track closed and Tammy usually takes that day off, in the morning at least.
Tentatively planned for Saturday, Aug. 22 is a new owners seminar where people would have a chance to meet trainers. The plan is to introduce potential owners to trainers in hopes that they can find horses to race here on 2010. This is a joint effort between the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association and the HBPA. If it comes together I will for sure let you know.

Last time we looked at the horsemen account the balance was $13,104.92. That was July 17.
There is a July vet bill that Tammy is reviewing yet so I will not include that here but it is around $600.

TQ raced on August 1 and finishing 4th. The account was credited with 5% of the purse or $450. The fund for aiding retired horses received $1. The jock fee for Jose Ferrer was $55.

August 1 Account balance: $13,498.92

The July training bill totaled $1,820. Included in the bill was 31 days of training at $50 per day. TQ was reshod on July 9 for $100. On race day she was accompanied to the gate by a pony; $20. She finished second on July 9. Tammy received %10 or $150. That brings the total to $1,820.

Current balance: $11,678.92.

As we have discussed all along, it is not easy to make money with a lower level horse. So it had better be an enjoyable experience. Factoring in the vet bill the balance is about $11,000. There will be another month of training to cover as well as the August vet bill. If we are lucky, TQ will run twice yet. A win would be great to bolster the account. Of course, just about every owner is saying that as well.

Tammy will be looking for a buyer for TQ over the next few weeks. There is no telling what she is worth really. Running through the conditions is good when you have her but not so good when you are trying to sell. But she should be worth about half what we paid I would guess.

Entries for the Aug. 16 race will be taken next Thursday. It is doubtful anything else will pop up before then.

That’s Racing….

That sure wasn’t TQ’s best effort.
“She ran even again,” Tammy said after the race. “She is cheating a bit I think. She doesn’t finish like she did before. We will try something different with her next time.”

We will delve into what that ‘something different’ is later this week.

Proceeds from the race are 5% of $7,500 or $375.

The bills will arrive this week and we will review them soon.

More to come….

Tammy Introduces Steve and Talks Tahitian Queen: Race this Saturday


In the video above, Steve gets a little camera shy before Tammy discusses running Tahitian Queen this Saturday. Luckily, the race went through and TQ is scheduled to run in the 2nd race on Saturday against seven fillies and mares which have never won three races. The $7,500 race is 6 1/2 furlongs and Jose Ferrer will ride. It looks like TQ is fiesty and ready to run. Good luck everyone and hopefully see you Saturday!


Looks Like August 1

There was a question asked about the N3L for $15,000 on the turf that was available for Sunday. I spoke with Tammy about the race and she felt it would not be a place where your filly could win. With the meet well past the mid-way point, entering where you can win becomes more important.

With the $7,500 N3L sprint likely to go on Aug. 1 it seemed prudent to wait for that. No guarantees of course but she would fit well there just like last time.

The turf race did go for Sunday and came up tough. There are horses dropping from allowance races, which is often the case this time of the meet.

Entries for Aug. 1 will be taken Wednesday.

Best of luck to all on Claiming Crown Day. Tammy has one entered, All Joking Aside, in the $75,000 Rapid Transit. He is the true dirt speed. Why not a wire to wire win?