One. Last. Try.

Most likely…both horses are doing well.  Ender came out of his race okay and will take another week to recover before heading back out.  We’ll likely come back at or around where we claimed him to try and get another win before the home team.

Laura Ray will be entering this week for the weekend.  We REALLY wanted to sprint her over the grass but can’t get a five furlong race to go for her at the $7500 level.  We will most likely have to come back longer, which is not ideal but we also can only run the races that are written/filled.

Finally, we’re currently looking into the possibility of having our annual “close out coffee” which, this year, would be the morning of closing day, September 14.  Nothing is official yet but I wanted to let you know so you have an idea.  One way or another, we’ll put out a post on the blog soon.

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Ender Sixth

While that was certainly not the result we were hoping for, we can take something very important away from the race that we sometimes forget: horses are flesh and blood and, sometimes – no matter how good they may be at it – they don’t feel like working.  Today was one of those days for Ender.

He broke well and took himself back a little bit for Quincy.  Nothing too unusual there, that’s what he does and we know he’s going to want to come from out it.  As the top four horses battled for the lead we were about seven out and seemed to be ready to take advantage of the race falling apart with so much speed up front.

Quincy asked Ender for run heading through the turn.  No response.  Asked again straightening for home.  Again, no response.  He just didn’t give anything today and, against a group as talented and quick as this one, you can’t not bring your A game and get away with it. He seemed to come back in good order so we’ll let Karl and Clemente get him back to the barn and give him the once over, take some time and get ready for one more try before the end of the meet.  We’ll look for something longer and perhaps try and get some class relief as well.

Meanwhile we’ll turn our attention to Laura Ray and see if we can get her in going short on the grass as soon as possible.

Ender: Race Preview; July Financials

Ender heads postward tomorrow in race 7 under Quincy Hamilton.  The race is another $15,000 optional claiming race going 5.5 furlongs over the main track.  We will be breaking from post six in the seven horse field and are in for the $15,000 tag.

Group 2 is in the paddock.

Awesome Emmit (Donlin/Goncalves) – A speedy race at this level but fell short at the wire.  Losing the half furlong should help, though it has not in the past.  Interesting to see if the horse is rounding into form or if the last race was an aberration.

Hot Item (Bethke/Butler) – Hasn’t shown a lot since the claim but was quicker early than past races.  That was the same 6.5 furlong race that we just missed in last out.

London Legacy (Van Winkle/Lindsay) – Claimed in every race of the last four, he has won one for those four with three seconds. Definitely quick early, will be trying to win first off the claim for David Van Winkle.

Dixie Fever (Diodoro/Arrieta) – A winner over many of these last out at this distance, he closed into a zippy pace to win.  Only 3rd race back off about six weeks off so will certainly be tough again tomorrow.

Kota Copy (Diodoro/Canchari) – Horse has shown both early speed and has also attempted to rate was second to the horse on our outside, French Quarter, by 1/2 a length two back going six furlongs, giving up the lead late.

ENDER (BROBERG/HAMILTON)

French Quarter (Berndt/Eikleberry) – Stalk and pounce trip two back at six furlongs resulted in a snappy 84 Beyer Speed Figure.  Came back and had a rougher time with it – same level, same distance – finishing 4th.

This is an interesting race.  Ender comes into it sharp but we have one thing working against us: the distance.  Five and a half furlongs isn’t ideal.  However there is plenty of speed in the race and we should have something to run at late.  The track hasn’t been playing particularly kindly to closers lately but we’ll be coming hard late.  I just wonder if we’ll be able to get there before the wire or if we’ll run out of racetrack first.

Because of Corgies and Cupcakes we do not have a space tomorrow.

GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!

Here is the latest financial statement as of July 31: CRC 2019 Running Financials – August 1

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.

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.