The horses are settling in and the main track has opened for training. Nevada Litfin explains the plans for the next few days as Mr Ark and I Never Give Up acclimate to Canterbury and barn D5.
If you’ve been following along and wondering when it would be the time you could sign up for the 2018 Club or when you could finally tell your friends that it was time for new sign-ups for the 2018 Canterbury Racing Club…today is that day!
This is for NEW Club signups, folks that were NOT members in 2017.
Here are the guidelines:
Members will pay $250 to join the Club. There are no additional fees and the only additional expense will be if we are fortunate enough to get into the Winners’ Circle, there will be small charge for a photo.
The Club ends at the end of 2018 or when we have sold off our horses. As an example, in 2013 we closed in November because our last horse was claimed then and it made no sense to claim a horse for only a few weeks. In 2016, however, we raced straight until December 30th while last year we sold the horse privately on December 27.
Members get admission to Canterbury Park for the season as well as, if available, a special location to watch the races, rotating paddock access and – again, if we’re lucky – access to the Winners’ Circle. We will conduct a few backstretch tours during the season as well so we can visit the barns and get a glimpse at life on the backside. Last year we did a welcome coffee, juice and donuts that was well received so we’ll see if we can do that again as well.
You get to follow YOUR horse(s) during the year!
Members can only get back as much money as they put in. This is a not for profit venture and is used as an educational experience to get people familiar with all the ins and outs of race horse ownership and “pull back the curtain”, if you will, and de-mystify the game.
We’re launching our “open enrollment” period, if you will. We’ll be looking to close out by February 28, 2018. Nevada Litfin and Clay Brinson will once again train for the Club. Nevada had a terrific season last year while Clay had some challenges. However you don’t forget how to be a terrific horseman and Clay has given us good seasons in the past and we’ll look forward to a bounce-back summer this year! We have averaged about 150 members over the past couple of years and if we have this many again we will look to have one horse with each trainer and, ideally, have them in place to start the 2017 Canterbury Park season.
For those of you that are 2017 Club member: You will have the opportunity to either roll over your returning money into the 2018 Club or receive a check for the amount. We have NOT received the final vet bill yet so we have not closed out the year. I will be posting again once we close out 2017 and will have the rollover form available at that time as well. We are aiming for the end of January for the rollover forms. If you are a 2017 Club member, there is nothing for you to do at this time – except, of course, to tell your friends to join you this year!
Sign up forms are at the bottom of this post. At the bottom of the form is the information to mail in your agreements. Please let us know if you have any questions either by leaving a comment here or contacting us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or jmaday@canterburypark.