2015 Clubbers: Rollover Is Here!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here: the 2015 Club is closed, the rollover amount is calculated and we can now get 2016 fully underway. Clay is in Hot Springs, Arkansas toiling at Oaklawn and has already procured a horse for the Alumni Group (Ventures Galore for those of you following at home). Starting in March we will be looking for a horse(s) for the 2016 Club to call our own!

We finished up 2015 with 15 starts with 3 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds. TENS WILD was obviously the star of the stable, picking up all three wins. Total purse earnings were $40,200.

While we didn’t set any records this year, we still managed to finish up the year with a balance of $35,594.77 or $211.65 per person (final financials attached). Still not the breakeven year we are shooting for, but we did get to 85% of the way there.

For those of you returning for 2016, please return the attached form and the balance of $38.35 and the $211.65 will automatically be credited to your 2016 fee.

If you are not returning, please notify either Jeff (jmaday@canterburypark.com) or I (ted@grevelisracing.com) as soon as possible so we can have your check cut and sent to you. The deadline is February 28. If we do not hear from you by February 28 you will automatically be issued a check and will not be a part of the 2016 Club, so if you want to come back – and we hope you do! – please make sure to return the rollover form at the bottom of this page with your check so you’re not left out!

Thanks for being a part of the Club this year and we hope to see you again this summer!

CRC 2015 Running financials – Year End

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Rollover Is Coming

For all you members waiting on the amount coming back to you from 2015, we are almost there. I FINALLY spoke to a live person at the vet’s office and, after some lively conversation, was promised that a bill was being sent our way immediately. With a little luck we could have the bill to us by Saturday and, after some account reconciliation, have the total early next week (if not before).

While we won’t break even this year, it is again going to be close!

Thanks, again, for participating and we look forward to seeing you all again in May!

More TENS Photos

Thanks to Four Footed Fotos for these photos of TENS WILD. All are available for purchase at their website: http://www.fourfootedfotos.com. I do have to let you all know that because the photos are copyrighted it is illegal for commercial printers (Walmart, CVS, Staples, etc) to print these for you.

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TENS WILD_Under Rail-1 W-Caption

TENS WILD_Head-On W-Caption

TENS WILD_Finish W-Caption

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We should be receiving Clay’s final bill anytime. However I had to call and leave a message with the vet to get us a bill so we can close out. We will talk this weekend about the 2016 Club and how can start to proceed so as not to let the process lag, though I know it is very beneficial to you all to know how much you are getting back and can roll over to the 2016 Club.

As soon as I can close this out, I will. This is the clear downside of racing right until the end of the year but we’ll wrap it up as soon as possible! Thankfully we did get to end on a winning note!

Close On A Winning Note!

Under the rail at the wire.  Photo courtesy FOUR FOOTED FOTOS

Under the rail at the wire. Photo courtesy FOUR FOOTED FOTOS

Congratulations, 2015 Clubbers!

What a great way to end the season. TENS WILD wins going away under very confident handling by Julio Felix. He stalked the longshot through the first turn and down the backside just on his outside flank. When the leader began to tire, Julio let him go and TENS drew off to win by 6 over the muddy track.

Tens was also claimed out of the race for $8,000 by trainer John Haran. It worked out well for the Club. We did have a deal in place to sell Tens for $5,000 after the race but this worked out better for as we got $8,000 for him. He leaves us in good form and sound.

Much thanks to Clay, Juan, our grooms, exercise riders and jockeys for another great year! While we won’t break even, we’re going to be close again! Hopefully we’ll be closed out by 1/15 and let you all know what the roll over for the 2016 Club is going to be.

To order winners’ circle photos from Four Footed Fotos, please go to their website at: www.fourfootedfotos.com.

Race Preview: 2015 Finale

As the snow winds down outside so does our 2015 racing season for the Racing Club. TENS WILD will take on five challengers Wednesday afternoon at Hawthorne in the 3rd race (about 1:50pm CT). The weather is calling for some snow showers but shouldn’t be enough to derail racing.

Here is a look at the field:

1 Regimented (Williamson/Bielby) – His off the turf efforts haven’t been terrific. He’s sliding a bit in class and will need a lot going on up front as a deep closer.

2 Four Left Feet (Young/Perez) – Finished ahead of TENS two starts back coming from a bit off the pace. In his last race he showed a new – well dormant – dimension, taking to the front but couldn’t hold on late. This kind of flexibility is certainly helpful.

3 Weekend Special (Haran/Montalvo) – A front runner that should add some pace to this small field. Climbing up from $5000 without winning, this guy may be at a class disadvantage.

4 Archybdancing (Aguilar/Emigh) – Another that has shown flexibility with his running style. Dropping in from state bred allowance races, his last win was up against $5000 claimers at Arlington.

5 TENS WILD (BRINSON/FELIX)

6 Bahnke (Haran/Santiago) – Second Haran trainee in the race which probably helped get this race to go. Been running against state bred company in Indiana and run respectably at times including a win in a $15,000 nw3.

There are 4 IL breds and 2 IN breds, making this nearly a defacto state bred race (without the extra money – no state bred money available under $10,000 claiming). With the uncertainty of which running style is going to be adopted by a third of the field, it’s hard to get a feel for the shape of this race. That said, TENS is coming into the race off a bullet workout and should be able to settle nicely behind whomever heads to the lead. Heck, he even seized the lead in a paceless race here at Hawthorne in our 2nd start here this year and managed to win handily. He’s ready, dropping in class and isn’t facing a formidable field so while I feel pretty good going into it, the race could get sneaky with Bahnke (5 of 7 races in the exacta at Hawthorne) on the outside of TENS, seeing what Archybdancing’s real class level is on his inside and just how good is Four Left Feet.

Good luck everyone and thanks for a great year!

Last Race Plans

As we head toward the and of the year and the mandatory disbanding of the Club we have one more race to run and we want to get a win!

Tentatively – because by now we all know all the things that can happen – we are looking at Tens Wild’s last start for the 2016 Club to be on December 30 in an $8,000 claiming race at Hawthorne going a mile and a sixteenth. We want to drop him enough that we can really push for a win but not far enough that we’re racing at the bottom and giving him away either.

Should he not get claimed, we do have a back-up plan provided he comes out of the race okay. We have a group that will buy him and race him elsewhere. We won’t get market value but I think we’ll receive enough value out of him that we won’t feel like we’re giving him away either. And if he gets claimed out of the race? More the better as we’ll make a bit more money on him. Either way we will be horseless by the end of the year as mandated by our charter.

I’m still waiting on bills for November and we’ll get the financials. While we won’t break even, a win and a claim gets us close again, but let’s not jump the gun and get to race day first.

TENS Returns Okay

In some ways you’d like to come back with some sort of excuse for a disappointing effort. You never want to see a horse hurt, but something straight up like “his ankle is aching”, etc. gives you a firm excuse and something to work on. But we have no excuses. Tens Wild came back just fine.

Jockey Chris Emigh thought he had a winner at the top of the lane but there just was no punch. The way he loomed large into the lane and then backed off, Clay thought maybe he had bled. When Tens got back to the barn Clay had him scoped to check on his throat and lungs but all came back clear which, of course, is a good thing.

The closest thing that I have heard to a possible explanation from a horseman I respect greatly was that Hawthorne has not been kind to horses trying to close in the lane and that Tens came right up against that bias.

Another is from Clay himself. He said that Tens is just not an every two weeks kind of horse. That he really needs that third week before he starts to get his optimal effort. We’ll give him the 3 weeks and get one more start. Most likely it will be at the lowest level possible since we need to be horseless by 12/31.

TENS WILD Race Preview

TENS WILD is in the 4th race at Hawthorne Race Course tomorrow (Saturday) with an anticipated post time of 3:40 CT. He drew the rail and a new rider, leading Hawthorne rider Chris Emigh. He’s the second choice in the morning line (7/2) behind stable mate Indy Awesome. The race is a $12,500 claiming race over the main track going a mile and 16th.

Here is a look at the field:

TENS WILD (BRINSON/EMIGH)

Revelation Bowl (Cristel/Sanjur) – Taking a big step up off the claim. He’s had two shots above the $5000 level and was smoked in both. Doesn’t look like he’ll contribute to any pace up front.

Indy Awesome (Brinson/Felix) – Class of the field, the 5-year old son of AP Indy out of an Awesome Again mare was 2nd in the Manitoba Mile two back and looks the part of a stakes placed horse as evidenced by $350,000 price tag. After time off, he basically loped around the track in his return at Hawthorne vs much higher. Definitely the one to beat.

My Pal Paul (Jeffery/Roman) – Was very competitive early in TENS last race but faded. Adds blinkers for this race which tends to serve two purposes: 1) get a horse more involved early or 2) keep him from giving up when horses try and pass him late (if he doesn’t see them, maybe he won’t fade?). Given that he tends to break relatively well, it could be the latter and it could keep him closer late.

Chatito (Rodriguez/Baird) – Big jump in claiming price for another in here, also moving up from $5000. This guy is also stretching out from sprints. His turf efforts weren’t great but on the artificial at Arlington he beat a group of $25,000 claimers. Solo dirt effort was solid but against a lot lower.

Four Left Feet (Young/Perez) – This guys is sliding down the class ladder but has won at this level and distance at Arlington. Last try was unimpressive but also was only 6 1/2 furlongs and was steadily closing. This unfortunately named gelding could be dangerous late.

Common Sense (Spagnola/Santiago) – A winner last out in a conditioned $5000 claimer, this guy will have to improve to win.

Ballyjamesduff (Haran/Hennesy) – Vanquisher of TENS last out, there does not appear to be the pace in here that there was in that race. He also shifts to the outside which doesn’t help his chances either. Solid competitor.

Should Indy Awesome run in this spot (the class drop seems too precipitous), he is the one to beat. His last win was at this distance in a $25,000 spot over this racetrack. He had a tough couple of goes at Canterbury before placing in the Manitoba Mile at Assiniboia. After three months off he came back in a $30,000 optional claiming producing a lackadaisical effort. Blowing past $25,000 and $15,000 to settle here at $12,500, if he’s okay and goes, he’ll be tough stalking the pace.

The speed up front is limited with Chatito looking to be the only speed. It’s easy to see TENS settling in behind him and prompting the pace if Baird tries to slow it down too much. We should get first run at the leader, but Indy Awesome will have first run at us. Can TENS handle the anticipated pressure through the lane? That may be the determining factor in the result of the race.

Good luck!

TENS in Saturday

TENS WILD heads back to the post on Saturday drawing the rail in a mile and a sixteenth contest over the main track at Hawthorne. The race has mixed conditions. Eligibility is reserved for:

Horses that have started for a claiming price of $5,000 or less in 2014-15
OR
$12,500 Claiming

TENS has not been entered for $5,000 or less ever, so he is entered under the claiming condition. The horses that do meet this “starter” eligibility are not eligible to be claimed in the race. Races run under those conditions are called “starter allowances” because the horse has to have “started” for a certain claiming price or less while not eligible to be claimed (like an allowance race). Mixing conditions like this is a way to broaden the entries in a race and hopefully create a larger field for wagering. This race drew 8 and all but the 5 horse are in for $12,500.

Chris Emigh gets the ride. Chris is the leading jockey at Hawthorne right now for money and races won. He’s a solid addition to the team.

The race is the 4th and estimated post time is 3:40 PM. TENS will meet stable mate Indy Awesome as well as his vanquisher from the last race, Ballyjamesduff in addition to 5 others.