Status Quo

As the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated over the past week we’ve seen a lot of moves that could be called “unprecedented”.  With track closures all around the country, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness moved to September and racing’s 2020 future uncertain, we are going to hold off claiming a horse until the picture becomes clearer.  What we do not want to do is claim a horse and then have racing halted for a month.  We would be paying for training with no possibility of any income and, with a finite amount of money, we need to be more cautious and make sure that we’re in the game when there is sure to be a game!

While Canterbury has temporarily closed for simulcasting and cards, work is still moving forward toward a May 15 opening so we are optimistic that we will be able to claim or buy before then and be racing opening weekend.  There is still a lot of time between now and then and we’ll be watching events closely and maintaining communication with our trainers and sister racetracks.

In the interim, stay home if you can, be safe and wash, wash, wash those hands!

We’re Rolling

Just a couple of more days and we’re going to send Karl and Nevada off shopping.  If you haven’t sent your money in by then, you’ll be cashed out and sent a check so the group can get rolling.  I’m hopeful that we can be all set and shopping as early as next weekend.

If you have not picked up your win photos at the track (3rd level information window), you have until this Saturday (2-29).  By mid-afternoon I will pick up all the extra and have them in my bag, you will have to corral me (Ted) at the track to get your copy.  I’m there most Saturdays before live racing and then most live racing days EXCEPT Thursdays.

Expect a post the middle of next week to talk about accounting, where the money is going, etc.

It’s all finally getting real again!  Can’t wait to get racing and thank you all for re-upping and looking forward to a great year!

Still Waiting to Finalize; Laura Ray Update

2020 Update

We are still not finished compiling everyone.  There are a few folks that say they are coming back but have not paid.  We will be setting a deadline and if they don’t follow through, we will send them a check, cash them out and move on.  We’re trying really hard to be accommodating to everyone that wants to come back but it’s getting to be time.  Karl and Nevada are waiting.

Remington Park Photos

Speaking of delays.  There are still a dozen or Ender win photos from Remington waiting to be picked up at the Canterbury information desk on the 3rd floor.  If you are on the list, please pick up your photos.  At some point soon they are going to be moved out to clear some space and you will be out of luck.  If you are a Clubber and didn’t order a photo but want one, there are a few extra as well.  Please remember, these photos cost us all $20 each and it’s like throwing away money if they don’t get picked up.

Laura Ray (Harley)

We received some footage of Laura Ray (now named Harley) from her new owner and boy is she coming along!  It’s never wrong to do the right thing and this is absolutely heartwarming.

 

 

Happy New Year: Next Steps

Happy New Year to everyone and a belated Happy Birthday to all our thoroughbred athletes who turned a year older on January 1st.

The re-enrollment period has ended and thank you to the great majority of you returning for another year!  Here is what will happen next:

We will be tallying up the re-enrollments and getting the checks deposited in the Club account over the next few weeks. Some entries were sent over the holidays and may arrive a few days late.

We should have a firm number and all the accounting done by the end of the month. Checks will go out to the folks not coming back but for the 100+ (looks like it may be closer to 125+) we’ll have a staring number and then budget what we can send to the trainers to acquire horses.

There is no rush and we want to get to the Canterbury season with a pair of contenders, but the odds are very good that we’ll be doing some running in Arkansas before we come home for the summer. Oaklawn begins on January 24 and we should be able to start looking by the second weekend of the meet.

Welcome back and here’s to a great 2020!

Last Couple of Days

As 2019 draws to a close, so does the renewal period for the 2020 Original Canterbury Racing Club.  There are two days left to get your renewal forms in along with your $104 (less than 1/2 the $250 fee thanks to the money won in 2019!).

So for REALLY the final time, here is the Form for 2020:

rollover 2020 Canterbury Racing Club Membership

We look forward to you coming back and joining us again!

One Week to Go!

We’re turning for home for the 2020 Original Canterbury Racing Club so if you haven’t sent in your renewal for $104, please don’t hesitate!  The finish line is December 31 and our pair of Santas, Karl Broberg and Nevada Litfin, are ready to start shopping for 2020 success!!

Here is the renewal form one last time!  I hope to have you with us in 2020!

rollover 2020 Canterbury Racing Club Membership

About Three Weeks Remain

To re-up for the 2020 Original Canterbury Racing Club.  Only members rolling over from last year will be eligible to re-join.  New members will be directed to a new Club being handled by the Minnesota Racehorse Engagement Project.  You can get more details on that here from a previous post and at their website www.racehorseminnesota.com.

The DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2019 to re-join!

Below is the renewal form.  Please have this back to us by the deadline and your check for $104 to be set and ready to go for 2020!  It looks to be an exciting season ands we’ll be getting started a little earlier than usual for all kinds of racing action for most of the year!

rollover 2020 Canterbury Racing Club Membership