Ender on Sunday

Ender will be back in action on Sunday afternoon in the day’s 7th race.  Quincy Hamilton will be back aboard for the $15,000 optional claiming race going 5.5 furlongs over the main track.

The race is a small field, seven horses, and we drew post six.

There does seem to be some speed up front, though not as much as I would have thought for 5.5 furlongs.  It will be interesting to see this one unfold.

Group 2 will be in the paddock for this one.

We were also hoping to get Laura Ray in this weekend but that race did not fill.  That may result in an alternate plan for her if we can’t get the right level of race for short on the turf to fill next weekend – most likely another try at 7.5 furlongs and see if we can get her home.

We are looking into getting a day for a closing get together.  Traditionally that has been the second to last weekend of the meet, but one of my (Ted) sons decided to get married that weekend so we will be away, but we’re looking to see if something else may be available. We will keep you posted on that and a seating spot for Sunday – keeping in mind that Sunday is Corgis and Cupcakes day at Canterbury and space could be tough to come by.

Look for a race preview on Saturday and we’ll have more info then on space and, hopefully, on the potential get together.

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Both Horses Doing Well

Both Ender and Laura Ray came out of their races without issue.  It’s been a week now so they’ll each get one or two more and we’ll be at it again.  I can’t promise that we’ll be able to get them both back in on the same night again but we’ll get at least one more for each before the end of the meet…maybe two.

Laura Ray has been keen to go so we may go ahead and let her go, sending her short of the turf.

Ender will be back sprinting as well with 6.5 being the ideal distance but anything from 5.5 to 6.5 can work.  A lot depends on the composition of the race and the pace involved.

But both are doing well and both shall be back soon!

Tough Night, But Not Lacking Excitement

WOW!  We were so close…  Ender seized the lead in the lane and looked like he would prevail before he was collared right at the wire.  We lost the head bob ibn a really tough loss.

After talking to Quincy and Karl, the horse just does not know what to do when he strikes to the lead.  There was too much time left in the race and he relaxed.  He picked right back up when he heard the hoof beats and saw his rivals but it was too late and we lost the head bob.

Ender picks up a check for $4000 for his efforts and ran one helluva race.  He’ll come back, rest up and we’ll get right back at them.

Laura Ray just didn’t have any punch in the lane in her race.  Nik Goodwin did a nice job in placing her in good position all the way around the racetrack.  She saved ground and had room to maneuver but when it came time to lay out and do some real running, she didn’t go.

We’ll do the same with her and maybe her next race shake things up a bit.  The last couple of races she’s been particularly keen to run so maybe we go shorter and let her?  We’ll let Nevada work with her the next few weeks and we’ll go from there.

Thanks to all that came out to support our runners last night!  We certainly didn’t lack for any excitement.

Expert Selections This Evening

As of noon today, these were the only selections up on the Canterbury website:

Johnny Love – STAR TRIBUNE

Race 4

LOOKIN ATA A RUNAWAY enters with back-to-back wins as the chalk with Butler aboard. Pedigree loves the grass. STELLABRINI was a winner two back, but was a non-factor as the favorite last out. Look for her late, if at all. GINGER ROSE draws the rail, loaded with speed. Expect to make some noise early and try to hold on. HOUSEMAKER was second last out off the extended layoff. Must use in a wide open race.

Race 9

SPEEDING KID will depart from the rail with quick turn of foot, and should be living large on the lead with the drop in class. ENDER is the logical favorite, but will have to go from the basement to the penthouse with his late closing kick. ROLLS ROYCE DEAL too will be closing late, and returns to sprinting where he won two back.

CANTERBURY PARK PROGRAM

Race 4

Lookin Ata Runaway picked up a strong rhythm this year when put onto the turf, and nearly has three wins straight. The latest was the most impressive race of the batch, when she looked to be in a little danger of not catching the leader turning for home but kicked into overdrive to win by over a length. Also of importance is the third place finisher of her June 13th win, who came back to win and beat a couple of the contenders in this race. Tony Rengstorf has her going great guns at the moment, so she will take some beating even in a full field.

The Minnesotan gals are some of the heavy hitters in the fourth, and Stellabrini owns a similar mark over the local sod to the top choice (also MN bred.) In fact, she got the best of Lookin Ata Runaway the last time they squared off, but ‘Stella had more foundation to her at that point. That was the kind of knockout rally that’d win this race, so if she can avoid the same jam sandwich she found herself in last time she’s a huge late threat.

Cause to Wonder traded jabs with these at various points of 2018, and got a late start to this summer’s campaign. It got off on an alright note, a third place finish against some common foes in here. Since it was her first crack at things this year, she could have been a little eager to go for Eikleberry and wound up dueling early with stablemate Ginger Rose. Perhaps with that one behind her she’ll be more amenable to sitting behind that one, and that combined with her solid local record could formulate an upset.

Race 9

The conditions are the same in the eighth and ninth races tonight, and the boys take their turn in the ninth. Ender gets top billing in this spot as he looks to return to his winning ways for the Canterbury Racing Club and Karl Broberg. Six and a half furlongs has been a sweet spot for him throughout his racing days, and he scored his first Canterbury win doing so on June 20th. An off track and a fast pace both bolster his chances, so if the skies are stormy and you foresee a duel you might want to double down.

On the other hand, if you think someone will sneak away in the ninth you might want to look at Speeding Kid. It’s been a little while since he’s seen the starting gate but he left off against a pretty salty bunch on the turf course. Ok, so he bit off a little more than he could chew with that crew but he was chasing Hot Shot Kid before that and running races that’d stack up very well in here. The last time we saw him at this distance he blitzed a restricted stake by almost ten, so it’s safely in his scope.

Rolls Royce Deal reeled off a couple in a row early in the meet, but after that win streak halted he hit the pine for a short spell. It’s good to see him back in action without a drop in class with Arrieta still on board, and he could benefit from this distance cutback. He very well could’ve kicked off his Canterbury career with a win but got erratic in the stretch, then did it again and nearly cost himself the win in his second try here—any of those antics will cost him in this more difficult spot.

Big Night Preview

In a bit night for the Club tonight, both horses will be in action.  Looking back it appeared that the Club had never run twice on a card on our historical spreadsheet but we were missing a start!

Long time Clubber Janet reached back into her memory and recalled that there WAS a time when both Club horses ran on the same day: High Spirit and Lovely Tak both ran on July 27, 2012 with Lovely Tak winning her race and High Spirit finishing 3rd.  That would be a nice result tonight as well, though the Club has never won 2 in a day so we’ll shoot for that!

Group 3 is in the paddock for Laura Ray, while Group 1 will take the Ender race and we have space in WIld Horse should anyone look to take advantage of that as well.

LAURA RAY

First up will be Laura Ray.  She will be running in race 4, a $7500 claiming race going about a mile over the turf course.  Nik Goodwin will be aboard and she will break from post six in the twelve horse field.

Ginger Rose (M. Silva/Mawing) – Quick out of the gate she has carried that speed a mile before.  While she may not need to have the lead, she will be close to it.

Housemaker (Van Winkle/Loveberry) – Late closer peaked a bit early last out, seizing the lead but giving it up late.  Cutting back the 70 yards could get this mare in her sweet spot.

Lookin Ata Runaway (Rengstorf/Butler) – She has reeled off two wins in a row – partially at our expense – by stalking the early pace and getting up in time.

Silvera (Diodoro/Mojica) – Ran a nice one first off the layoff last out.  Diodoro is 25% second off the layoff and she’ll get some class relief as well.  She’s capable of pushing the pace, which is something our lady would like to see happen.

Cause to Wonder (M. Silva/Eikleberry) – Her first start of 2019 was last out where she ran third in a $10,000 claiming race.  She was a little keen to go and pushed the pace before tiring.  That race should serve her well.

LAURA RAY (LITFIN/GOODWIN)

Stellabrini (Donlin/Arrieta) – Back on the turf here after running a series of races on the dirt in Nebraska.  She won at $12,500 before pushing up into an optional claimer where she was 5th.  She’ll be making a late run and also dropping past that win level down to $7500 here.

Roxy Rocket (W. Rarick/Hernandez) – Been running in optional claiming races in Arizona and her first start here (where she was third).  She’ll be stalking the pace and look to make a late run.

R J’s Silver Syd (McKinley/Meche) – Another off the pace type that has a pair of state bred allowance scores to her credit.

Ocean Dream (J. Silva/S. Gonzalez) – Keen to go early in her last, she tired late, finishing 3rd.  It would be nice if she would push the pace again tonight.

C Islandsurprise (Scherer/Martin) – Wild card in the race, she’s been spending her time in Kentucky recently where she finished 3rd in a $15,000 optional claimer.  She’s hasn’t been over the turf in a long time and only 6 times in her 41 lifetime starts (best finish was 2nd).  Hard to know just how she will do here and draws far outside.

The race came up tough with several class droppers dotting the field. This is a considerably larger field than last out for Laura Ray and she will have some pace to run at if Nik can keep her relaxed and off the early lead.  You’ll recall last out she really pulled hard and forced her way close to the lead, leaving herself nothing for late.  For this race Nevada changed things up a bit in her equipment, adjusting her blinkers to hopefully allow her to relax more early and be ready to roll late.

ENDER

Ender drew into a very short (six horse) field in the ninth race, a $16,000 event going 6.5 furlongs on the dirt.  Ender will have Quincy Hamilton aboard and will break from post three.

Speeding Kid (M. Silva/Mawing) – Quick Minnesotan is the speed in the race and is getting some class relief after running in a state bred allowance, the 10,000 Lakes and a $35,000 to kick off 2019.  He’ll be out early and look to take the field gate to wire.

Luckynsuccessful (Bethke/Eikleberry) – Similar last pair of races as us, he was a length or so behind us in the last race and won a state bred allowance two back with the added 1/2 furlong.  May not be on the lead but doesn’t like to be too far back.

ENDER (BROBERG/HAMILTON)

Hot Item (Bethke/Butler) – We beat this one two back and finished ahead of him last out as well.

Reigning Warrior (Scherer/Martin) – Convincing win last out at $6250, pushes way up in class for this one.  Will be looking to come off the pace.

Rolls Royce Deal (Diodoro/Arrieta) – Winning at $10,000 non-winners of two and non-winners of three earlier in the meet before faltering going long and moving up to a $15,000 optional in last.

Admittedly Ender looks good on paper but they still don’t run races on paper so he’ll have to get it done on the race track.  There is not a lot of speed in the race and the danger is that Speeding Kid slips away and can’t get caught.  Hopefully Rolls Royce Deal or Luckynsuccessful stays close to keep him honest.  With a fair pace Ender is going to be really hard to beat in here but he’ll have to run closer to his earlier form than his last race.  The slight class relief and extra half furlong should help.

GOOD LUCK!

Tour 2 in the Books

The second and final backside tour is in the books. We dodged some raindrops but managed to see all the sites and check out Ender and Laura Ray ahead of Friday’s historic night for the Club.

Thanks to those of you that came out and spend the time on a less-than-ideal morning with us (weather wise) and discover why I did not become a weatherman!  Some pictures of the tour (not Heather’s but my cell phone) are below.

A correction to an earlier post: we only have 3 paddock groups so Group 3 in the paddock for Laura Rat while Group 1 will be in for Ender.  It’s going to be a long evening but hopefully a fun and profitable one for the Club.