Under Three Weeks

February 28th is going to come up on us quickly, so be sure to get your forms (new member or returning member) in soon.  As of March 1 we will be conducting the final accounting, setting up licensing in Arkansas and Louisiana and starting to look for horses with our trainers Nevada Litfin and Karl Broberg.

For 2018’s returning members: rollover 2019 Canterbury Racing Club Membership

For NEW members: 2019 Canterbury Racing Club Membership

To get a rundown of the Club specifics again, please see this post: 2019 Canterbury Racing Club Sign Ups NOW OPEN

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One Month Left for Sign-ups and Renewals!

 

There is a month to go left to renew or sign up for the 2019 Canterbury Racing Club.  The deadline is February 28, 2019.

Here are the guidelines:

Members pay $250 to join the Club. There are no additional fees.

Members receive admission to Canterbury Park for the entire 66-day season as well as, if available, a special location to gather on race day, rotating paddock access and – if the Club experiences success – access to the Winners’ Circle following the race. You also will have the opportunity to join a backstretch tour during the season and visit the barns.

This is a not for profit venture, offering an educational experience to familiarize members with the ins and outs of racehorse ownership and “pull back the curtain”, if you will, to de-mystify the sport.

Once the enrollment period ends, the Club’s trainers will begin to search the country for potential horses to bring to Canterbury Park. You will learn more about that process and many other aspects of ownership as days go by.

Our trainers this year are Minnesotan Nevada Litfin and five time national leading trainer in wins, Karl Broberg.

If you’re renewing, please let either Jeff (jmaday@canterburypark.com) or Ted (ted@grevelisracing.com) know – even if you won’t have your money in for a few weeks.  We’d like to get a rough headcount to know what we’ll have to work with this coming season.

If you’re NOT a 2018 member but want to sign up, here is your application form: 2019 canterbury racing club membership

If you’re a returning member, here is your application form: rollover 2019 canterbury racing club membership

We look forward to seeing you at the races!

Broberg Joins, Litfin Returns to Be 2019 Club Trainers

The Club trainers for 2019 are all set: Nevada Litfin, who picked more earnings in a season last year than any Club trainer, will return while nationally renowned trainer Karl Broberg joins the Club team for the first time.

New to the Racing Club, Broberg has been the leading trainer in the country in terms of wins every year since 2014.  Last year Broberg amassed 509 wins and over $8 million in purse earnings while clicking along at a 28% win percentage and hitting the board just under 60% of the time.  Broberg hasn’t missed a beat this year with 14 wins in 45 starts for a 31% win percentage and is a master playing the claiming game.

It should be an exciting year this year and you can participate for $250 with no additional funds for the remainder of the year.  You can get more specifics here and sign up there or below.

If you have any questions, please email Ted Grevelis (ted@grevelisracing.com) or Jeff Maday (jmaday@CanterburyPark.com).  We look forward to seeing you at the races!

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Goodbye 2018; 2019 Coming Soon!

We’re finally closed up for 2018.  There was some confusion over the veterinary bills, but they were finally straightened out and we now can close out the 2018 Club.

The year ends with $8432.98 in the bank. With 184 Clubbers this year, that leaves a per capita balance of $45.83.

How does this compare to the last couple of years?

In 2017 the per capita total was $74.27, while 2016 was $42.93.

Total purse money won this season $20,418.50 which was a little over $500 less than the previous year’s total of $20,935 and well above the 2016 total of $12,790.  However this season we had about 25 more members than last year and had a little bit of cash from the sale of Brilliant Belle.

The highlights of 2018 include racing more at Canterbury than we ever had in the past with 10 starts (12 total).  I Never Give Up ran at a high level and only missed the board at Oaklawn when she was caught late and finished 4th.  Mr. Ark never really developed the way we had hoped he would.

For the first time, we did not get that win which was a source of consternation for everyone – especially Nevada and I.  The win is a glorious experience that we want to bring everyone as often as we can every year.

We ran them where they belonged but just fell short.  While the results weren’t favorable in terms of wins, we did earn a considerable amount of purse money which is the bottom line for day to day owners in this business – live to fight another day.  Unfortunately I Never Give Up was hurt before we could get that elusive win, which we felt pretty good about that last weekend of the meet when she had to scratch.

Hopefully we all learned some things this year, had fun running as often as we did,  enjoyed the get togethers and the backside tours and we certainly want to see you next year.

I can tell you one thing: Nevada and I are looking to atone for this year with some winning next year.  Nothing is a guarantee, of course, but we’re fired up.

Keep an eye on your inbox for a note from Jeff on next season.  We’re not ready to launch 2019 but Jeff will be compiling the list of folks that will NOT be returning for the 2019 season.  Returnees will be able to get back in for $207.07 in 2019, rolling over their 2018 proceeds while folks departing will receive a check for the $45.83.

If you are NOT returning for 2019, you can send us a note at either jmaday@canterburypark.com or ted@grevelisracing.com.

Thanks for being a part of the 2018 Canterbury Racing Club and we look forward to seeing you next season!CRC 2018 Running financials -FINAL

Closing Up

Nev was picked up yesterday to head to her new home: a new, state of the art, small thoroughbred breeding facility in Georgetown Kentucky.  She will join a couple of ex-racers in a broodmare band for Triple Crown LLC, a new farm that will start their breeding program in the spring.

As Heather and I will be in Georgetown before the Breeders’ Cup, I am going to see if we can stop by and say hello.

We checked with several people, horsemen, well-respected bloodstock agents and others to try and assess her value.  She was the 7th foal to race from a dam that, thus far, has produced no winners.  Her last foal only sold for $1,300 so her value, as it were, was non-existent.  The goal became to get her to a good home where she can have a nice life and a second career.

Several people vouched for this new operation so we felt comfortable in getting the filly there and moving forward.  The owner was very forthcoming in producing all his information and giving us a rundown of his operation as well as his plans for the future.

I will do a more in depth recap in a week or so but suffice to say it is profoundly disappointing to have not one a race this year, though it was nice that we raced so often at home and that Nev was bringing home decent checks.

What will happen going forward is that we will tally up the last few bills and then come up with a final total which will be divided up among all the members (184 if I’m not mistaken).  Those of you that are staying in for another year will not have to do anything except make up the difference for the new buy in by the end of February.  Those of you stepping away will have checks sent out to you.

There is no timetable on this yet.  Since we are already into mid-October, I would not anticipate getting our final vet bill until mid-November and not getting completely closed out until sometime thereafter.

Thanks for being a part of the Club this year.  Not winning not withstanding, I hope that we made it an enjoyable and educational experience and that we see you back again next year.

“I Never Give Up” Retired

I Never Give Up was X-rayed this weekend and her left front ankle revealed a crack on one of the bones of her ankle.  The Super Saver filly was still acting oddly after her right front foot was outfitted with a special shoe to help alleviate the tenderness she was experiencing in it so Nevada ordered a set of x-rays.  The right front came back fine but the left front revealed a crack in one of her ankle bones that will force her to be retired from racing.

The oddity of the left being the issue is even more astounding when viewed through the prism of the way she raced and was working.  As we know, she lugged in toward the inside rail when she would switch leads for the run down the stretch.  Generally, if a horse is sore, they will shy away from the side that hurts.  In other words, a disturbance in her right front would have caused her to lug in NOT a bone break in her left front.

Of course we don’t know how long the injury has been in place and may have only affected her in the last race since she was never quiet able to bounce back from that one, though she certainly came close.  The vet was amazed at what must be her pain tolerance threshold.  She could jog every morning yet when Nevada push on her a little harder to get her closer to a work then a race, she would come back not quite right.  She would walk out of it eventually and continue to be able to jog okay, but not go really hard.

She could make a relatively nice broodmare for someone so that’s what we’re looking at now.  If we can’t move her quickly she will be relocated to a farm for turnout since that expense is considerably less than being on track.

In an odd year that saw us earning money but not winning races, this is certainly an ignominious end to a frustrating 2018 season.  We ran a lot, hit the board but couldn’t get to the line first.

Once we get the filly off the payroll we’ll gather up the last bills, pay everyone off and then take a look at the season and see what, if anything, we can do differently in 2019.  We want to keep this fun an educational but we also want to win races.  It is tough having a year where we didn’t win a race since that has never happened in the Club’s history.  Bad year’s happen but that doesn’t mean we can’t step back, take a hard look and see what we can do differently in coming years.

Settled In Kentucky

I Never Give Up made an uneventful trip to Kentucky where she is stabled for the time being at Keeneland.  Initially Nevada was given a handful of stalls at Churchill but he was pushed to Lexington with the promised arrival of all the shippers for Breeders’ Cup weekend.

In any event, she shipped well and is settled in.  Her new shoes seem to be working well for her but we’ll know a lot more about that later in the week/weekend when Nevada sends her out for a workout.  That kind of pressure and exertion is exactly what we need to test how she responds to them.

The breeze will also tell us how much fitness she has retained/lost from her time away from the track when she was recovering and the few days of track training she missed shipping.  She was dialed in pretty good at the close of the meet so hopefully she will come out of the work strong.

We’ll be looking at both Indiana and Kentucky to enter her and we realistically have a shot at 3 races before the meets there wrap.  There are a pair of maiden claiming $15,000 races at Keeneland in a couple of weeks but both are on the dirt – not that she can’t handle the dirt, she can.  We just think she’s better on the turf.  That said, we could use that as a prep race to get her back in the groove before gunning at Churchill or Indiana Grand.  She’ll most likely need one to tighten her up anyway and she was only nosed out for show at Oaklawn in a MCL $16,000 because her rider mailed it in late, so she can certainly be competitive.

Once Nevada gets a work in her we’ll know better where we’re at and I’ll let you all know!