Nevvy in Saturday; Tour Sunday


What a weekend!  One of the biggest days of racing of the summer is Saturday night, the Northern Lights Racing Festival.  There will be five stakes races worth $500,000 including the Mystic Lake Derby and the Lady Canterbury.  In addition to our own local trainers, nationally renowned trainers Michael Maker, Mark Casse, Steve Asmussen, Michele Boyce and Joan Scott have entered horses for the evening.  Our very own trainer even has a horse in the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, Cowboy Creed.

Kicking off the evening will be a maiden special weight going 7.5 furlongs over the turf course which will feature our girl, I Never Give Up.  Riding Nevvy in the opener will be Canterbury Park Hall of Famer Scott Stevens – a wizard on the turf and a tremendous hand with younger, inexperienced horses.

Though we are checking, on a big night it is unlikely that we will have a spot – but I will confirm when I post the race preview.


Here are the details:

– We will meet you all at the stable gate between 9:00 – 9:15 AM. While we may wait a couple of minutes, late comers cannot be allowed entry to the backside, so please be prompt. The stable gate is located on Barenscheer (sp) Rd. If you’re approaching Canterbury from 169, go straight through the lights instead of turning left at the Canterbury sign. The backside will be on your left. Take the first left and then the first left again. That is the stable entrance. You can park along the side there or along Barensheer on the grass. Please make sure that you are off the road.

– We will check out the end of morning works, go to the administration building and then swing by the barn:

– There will be a LOT of walking so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared. The tour will take about 2 hours, perhaps a bit more so be comfortable and dress for the weather. We will be crossing the exit off the track to get to the trainer’s stand – be aware that it is deep and sandy. There are rest rooms in the admin building and not along the way, so plan accordingly;

– If you’re bringing kids, keep a close hold of them.  There is a lot of potential for injury and we cannot be responsible for kids wandering off. Which leads to the next point…

– Horses have the right of way at all times. We’ll keep the group close together and make sure that we give the horses a wide berth. There will be a lot of activity this time of the morning and we need to make sure that we stay out of the way.

– When we get to the barn and our horses are brought out for us, please mind the stable folks that bring them out. Please don’t crowd and listen to their instructions. Both horses are very sweet BUT they are still horses and there will be a lot of people.

– If you go to take pictures with them, please don’t dawdle. We want to make sure that everyone gets a chance with them!


Backside Tour Update

With the RSVPs that came in today we are full up for the June 24 tour.  Actually we’re a wee bit oversubscribed but we’ll be okay.

We will be announcing the July tour (it will be on a Saturday) this weekend and start RSVPs for that tour.  Preference will be given to those that did not take the June tour to make sure that everyone who wants to get on the backside can.


Nevvy came back from her race just fine.  She’s walked the last few days and heads back to the track tomorrow.

Ark has been training well and we’ll be looking to enter him again after another week of rest ensuring he has 3 weeks between races rather than 2.

Financial Statement Thru May

You can click on the link below and call up our first financial statement of the season though the end of May.  We have not received the May vet bill yet so that is not part of the equation.

Some highlights on the season so far:

  • This is the earliest we’ve ever had all the groups go through the paddock;
  • This is the second largest Club we’ve ever had (204 is the largest – we have 184 this year)
  • Though we haven’t won yet, our latest first win was December 30, so there is plenty of time;
  • Both horses are healthy
  • Nevvy seems like she has quite a bit of potential to be a very useful racehorse;
  • The Club, as has become traditional, donated $100 to the Leg Up Fund;
  • This year’s backside tour (June 24) will be the earliest tour we’ve ever had – though we are filling up, we have NOT reached capacity and have about 10 spots still open.

CRC 2018 Running financials -MAY

I Never Give Up 3rd

Nevvy ran a very nice race tonight.  While she didn’t win, there are definitely some positive takeaways from the 3rd place effort.

There were a pair of things we wanted to see: how she handled the turf and how she finished given how tired she was after the last race.

She handled the turf just fine and she finished very strongly.  Ry really had her in a good spot.  He angled her to the outside since there was no space inside and looked to have give her a straight run to the finish.  However she lugged in a bit and hard a hard time changing leads (Changing which leg she leads with in her stride.  They switch so they don’t get tired).  She still closed very nicely.  I think if she changes leads, she wins.

So we’ll see how she comes back but you can pretty sure that we will be back in this spot again when she’s ready and we’ll keep her on the turf.  When her light switch finally goes on, she’s going be okay!

SIDE NOTE:  I will be working on our financial statement this weekend and should have it up over the weekend/Monday so you can all take a look at how the costs and purse money adds up.

I Never Give Up: Race Preview

I Never Give Up makes her Canterbury turf debut Thursday night in race three.  Ry Eikleberry is aboard for the one mile race scheduled for approximately 7:33 PM.  The Club will have a spot in Silks and it is paddock group 4’s (Ruehmann – Zimmerman) turn to try and turn our fortunes around.

Nevvy (Yes, she DOES have a nickname around the barn now!) will be taking on 9 other fillies and mares in what looks to be an interesting contest.  Here is the field:

Raging Gold Digger (Bernt/Velazquez) – Well bred miss has a start under her belt this season from which to improve off.  It looks like she’ll be close to the pace early.

Sunset Dreamer (Swan/Gonzalez) – She’ll be making her turf debut Thursday night.  While we finished ahead of her last out, the turf could be a different story.

Aspiration (Richard/Loveberry) – Had two fair goes over the Fairgrounds turf very early in the year before moving to the dirt at Oaklawn and Prairie Meadows.  It looks like she should appreciate the turn back to grass.

Kalliste Rose (Lund/Goncalves) -Mediocre in turf debut at Fairgrounds but was also first lifetime start.  Another coming over from Oaklawn maiden special weights and they are very tough running here.


Looking Good Carol (Padilla/Sanchez) – Considerably better on turf than on dirt so though we finished ahead of her in our last, that shouldn’t be held against her in here. She may try and be prominent early.

Ready for War (Tracy/Butler) – Second time starter surely has a right to improve off of that first effort.  Moving up from Prairie Meadows and moving up in class while carrying a big turf Tomlinson (347).  She could be dangerous if she takes to the turf w/ Butler aboard.  Another who may be keen early stretching out from a sprint.

Natalie’s Toccet (Offolter/Hamilton) – Making her turf debut coming in from Will Rogers.  Looks like she’ll want to make a run late.

Great Finale (McFarlane/Arrieta) – She was able to hang on longer in her last over the Turf Paradise turf.  She gets an additional 1/2 furlong in this one.  Could be too much or could be rounding into form? Most certainly will be pressing the pace.

Derby Dance (Rengstorf/Mojica) – Lady kept knocking on the door at the end of last season with 4 second place finishes in a row.  Been training consistently and, if her last year’s form is to be believed, she’ll be up close as well.

Nevvy had a respectable run over the turf in her only try at Delmar as a 2-year old.  She had some trouble ducking out and, let’s face it, the Delmar summer meet is a very difficult one.

Last out in her local debut she ran tough but tired late.  The turf should let her carry her speed a little further.  Combine this with Nevada working on getting her stamina up and she should improve off of that last start, which puts us in the thick of things here.

The race is a bit odd as the field is very mixed with several first time turfers, a second time starter and horses racing at Canterbury for the first time.  There doesn’t appear to be a pure “speed” horse in the field but I think we can expect some of the horses stretching out for the first time to possibly push the pace.

There also appears to be a few that want to do the same thing as we most likely will: stay close and make a run late.  That’s going to make it mighty exciting as they turn for home!

Good luck!

First Backside Tour: June 24

We have scheduled our first backside tour for Sunday, June 24.

We will meet between 9:00-9:15 at the backside gate (directions will be provided in a later post). Please don’t be late because we’ll have a schedule to keep. We will meet you there and escort you in. The tour is a walking tour and the distance traveled and amount of standing will be considerable so please keep this in mind when rsvp-ing. I would anticipate the tours lasting about 90-minutes to 2 hours. We will watch some morning works, visit the administration building and check out our horses at the barn (the equine pool is not in operation).

We will keep the groups close to 50 people per tour.

Please RSVP to me at and I’ll keep the list. Please do not RSVP in the comment section. It is too had to keep track. You’re welcome to bring family but the size limit will need to be enforced given all the activity on the backside at that time of the morning. Please let me know the number in your group when you RSVP. There will also be a tour date in July TBD – but it will be a Saturday.  Should there be even more demand we will add a tour in August.

As we get closer I will post the guidelines for the tour for those of you that are unfamiliar. Safety is our top priority so there will be some guidelines to keep the horses and the tour members safe.