Lilfeatheredindian Up Next Tuesday

Lilly is back next Tuesday evening in the seventh race.  It’s a 5 furlong sprint over the grass: a $12,500 optional claiming race.  It’s not exactly the race we wanted but it is the race that was there.  As we all have learned by now, there is no perfect race so you take your shot when you can! We hope that we can get one more in before the end of the meet should we still have her after the race.

We did enter her for the tag because we can’t keep her at the end of the year, so no snese protecting her this late in the season.  Besides, it keeps the 1X condition should anyone decide to take her.  The likelihood of a claim probably isn’t there, but she’s young, has shown promise and is healthy as can be, so she isn’t unattractive either.

She will break from post 5 and Betty Jo Williams will be aboard.

Later in the week we will have admission procedures.  As you know they have bounced around a bit so we will make sure that we have the latest nailed down and post that here.

I will also have all the winner’s circle photos with me for the folks that want them – including Ender’s win at Remington from last year.

Lilly 3rd

She broke a little awkwardly and hustled up to take the lead down the backstretch.  She cut the fractions of 21.55 and 44.46 before being overtaken late by a streaking Heighten.  It was quick up front, we were on it and, given that, someone was bound to pick up the pieces late.

It was a bit disappointing to get nosed out for second, as well, the difference being about $2000 in purse money – the difference between paying the bills and falling just short.

Still, though, it’s hard to complain with 3 wins on the year and having Satellite claimed for $1000 more than what we paid for him after a pair of wins and Lil winning a maiden special weight.

Assuming she came out of the race just fine, we’ll be back in a few weeks to take them on again.

We will not be claiming another horse this season.  Turf Paradise has cancelled their season and with more uncertainty out there it doesn’t make sense, with only a month left in the meet, to pick up a horse that won’t get claimed from us because folks are concerned about where to run next.

So we will ride out the season with Lil and see what we can get done!

I will be ordering more of the earlier two photos as well – only a handful each.  I don’t want to get more than we will give away.  I do have some photos left of Ender at Remington last year, if anyone wants one of those.  Just let me know!

Expert Selections

Here are some expert selections for our race tonight:

By HANDICAP Marcus Hersh

2 Lilfeatheredindian
6 Party Lights
1 Winnager

By HERMIS Rob Perocier

1 Winnager
6 Party Lights
5 Sweet Sassafrassy

Race Preview: Lilfeatheredindian

Lil heads postward Wednesday night in race 3, a $10,000 claiming race for horses that have never won 2 races lifetime or Minn breds that haven’t won 3 races.  It’s five furlongs over the turf and regular rider Alonso Quinonez is aboard.

As usual for Covid racing there is no paddock for us for the race.  I will be by our number outside the paddock before the race and I’ll have the winners’ circle photos from Satellite’s swan song for us.

Here is the race:

Winnager (Robertson/Hernandez) – Won so impressively in first Canterbury start last year but faltered badly in her debut after nearly a year off in an allowance.  Drops from there to here hoping to perk up. There must have been a reason for a year absence for a non-MN bred.

LILFEATHEREDINDIAN (LITFIN/QUINONEZ)

Facing North (Biehler/Arrieta) – Sharp back to back wins, both over the dirt – once against Minnesotans and once versus open.  Moves to the turf here and up in class a rung.  Should be speedy early.

Triple Malt (Stuart/Eikleberry) – Lone turf try at the Fairgrounds last year was competitive until the late stages in a maiden $30,000 claiming and then broke the maiden next out at Charles Town.  Had over a year break before coming back at Ellis and then moving to Canterbury.  Should be sitting off a little early and hope to make a run, cutting back from a mile.

Sweet Sassafrassy (Kereluk/Garcia) – Another first turfer.  Broke maiden at $3500 at Los Alamitos and was beaten 11 1/2 last out at $5000.  Maybe turf will be the answer?

Party Lights (Litfin/Valenzuela) – The “other” Litfin horse (or is that us?!?).  Lone turf try wasn’t great but was also against considerably tougher.  Definitely quick up front and cutting back a little bit should help as well.

Heighten (Hanson/Harr) – Another first turfer.  Was third in last against Facing North.  There will be some pace to run at and she’s not one for the lead.

As you can tell, there are quite a few first turfers in the race.  From experience, we know not to toss any first turfers out or they can score at 46-1!

We’ll look at this one as “surface neutral” to start.

We broke like a shot in our win and broke well in the stake before having issues through the first turn.  There is a considerable amount of speed in here, which you would expect for turf sprinters.  Facing North should be near the lead, Party Lights is quick and, taking their last races out of consideration, Winnager and Sweet Sassyfrassy both are capable of speed.

Can we be the speed of the speed or will we have to sit behind and try and make a run? Alonso is going to have to determine that for himself with the break.  We certainly have a good post to go either way.

We have the fastest half mile of the group in our win with the notable exception of Winnager. We know that she dug in hard and kicked on strongly in the lane in her win, so it is entirely possible that she can battle on, or close, to the lead and still come out on top.  She’s had a nice refresher and has been training really well.  The only thing that will make me nervous is, after the first couple of furlongs, we’re more than 6-8 out of it.  Then we could be in trouble.  The other question mark is, obviously, how are some of these going to handle the turf?

GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!

Admission Process for Wed: CHANGE

There has been another tweek to the admission process and we are being limited as to the number of main floor entries we can have.  There are 25 listed below and Jeff has sent out an email to everyone on the list for the process for them to get their tickets.

There ARE other ways to come, as we’ve mentioned previously.  You can reserve a table on 3 ($15), space on the apron ($10) or in the simulcast center (free).  You can go the Canterbury website to reserve your spot.

Simulcast area: https://www.canterburypark.com/racing-promotions/simulcast-clubhouse-reservations/

Other spots: https://www.canterburypark.com/racing-promotions/2020-live-racing-season/

We try to keep abreast of the different mandates and changes the best we can.  This is what we have to work with for this start.  We’ll keep you posted on the next entry.  Please keep in mind that whatever floor your reservation is on is where you are required to remain so only the folks on the main level will be able to possibly get in the winners’ circle, if we’re lucky enough to get there.  There may be changes there as well as to number, so we’ll let you know should the situation arise.

Thanks for your patience during an admittedly very odd year and GOOD LUCK!

Shari Sellner
Andrew Seltz
Donald Severson
Steve Shaw
Barb Shelstad
Greg Simbeck
Curt Snesrud
Verlain Soulier
Todd Stevens
Jim Storm
Kris Swanson
Earl Taylor
Tom Thompson
Jessika Tischleder
Michael Tomatz
Joe Vober
Craig Waldron
Shirley Waldvogel
Brad Welton
Mary Lou Werner
Melvin Werner
Courtney Whaylen
Dewey White
Jonathon Wiegand
Cindy Wiste
Tom Zessman
James Zimmer
Mike Zimmerman

Lilly In Next Wednesday

We have a race for Lilfeatheredindian next Wednesday.

Lil will be running in the 3rd, a $10,000 claiming race for fillies and mares that have never won two races.  The race is five furlongs on the grass and we’ll have Alonso Quinones aboard once again.  It’s a small field of seven and we drew post position two.

Keep an eye on this space for track entry requirements as they are subject to change. Currently we’re making the assumption that it will be the same as last race, but, again, that could change, and we’ll spell it out in greater detail the beginning of next week

I will have the winners’ circle photos with me from all three wins as well.

We’re getting ready to turn for home now as the meet ends in little better than a month.  Hopefully we can close it out with another win or two!

Win and a Claim

Holy smokes what a finish!

The leaders were zipping along pretty good early last night and jockey Ry Eikleberry remained patient before getting Satellite going through the turn and riding him to a head victory last night in a three way photo over Blue Bomber and Out of Patience.

I have to admit, I thought the photo was between us and the four but it turned out that the five, Blue Bomber, just hung on for second.

This was the third win in six starts for the Club this season.

We did find out that Satellite was claimed by trainer Oscar Flores for owner Danny Caldwell.  We wish Satellite nothing but the best for his new team.  What a great job Karl’s group did with him.  Clemente Montoya and the barn team at Canterbury had him sharp and ready to fire off the claim and again last night.

Claimed for $4,000, he was claimed away last night for $5,000 and picked up another $12,300 in purse earnings. Not bad for less than two months!

Now the spotlight switches to Lilly and getting her a race.  She’s doing very well and training like a champ.  The little bumps she got after pinballing a little in the stake are gone and she’s ready to go – we just need a race.

We are looking for a mid-level claiming race for horses that haven’t won two races in a lifetime going five furlongs on the grass. Nevada will try and see if he get one written since there is nothing in the condition book that fits that description.  Those type of races are usually pretty popular so you’d think that if one was written, it would fill – but then 2020 has been no normal year by any measure.

The jury is out on whether or not we will claim another horse with Karl with only five weeks left in the meet.  Even if we picked one up as early as next week, with 2-3 weeks between races that’s only one start before moving on and there just may not be enough time before moving on and shipping elsewhere.

I’ll discuss with Jeff and Karl and we’ll go from there.

In the meantime: CONGRATULATIONS EVERYBODY!!!

Race Chart: CBY081020USA9

Race Preview: Satellite

Satellite will be closing out the card Monday evening in a $5000 claiming race for horses that have not won a race since May 10.  The race is a mile over the dirt. We’ll break from the outside under Ry Eikleberry.

But wait, you say, we have won a race this year.  And Blue Bomber has as well!  You can see that Out of Patience won too, but it was prior to May 10.  Satellite and Blue Bomber both won their races at $4000 and the conditions stipulate that races under $5000 do not count toward the conditions of the race.  So for the purposes of this particular race, neither of us has a win yet.

I shall have the previous two winners’ circle photos with me tomorrow evening.  We’ll be a little late getting up from Rochester but in plenty of time for the race – no worries there. We cannot be in the paddock but I will be outside the paddock before the race. Should we be fortunate to win, we will see what we can work out for the winners’ circle, but let’s not put the cart before the horse, so to speak.

If you are coming out for the race: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS! Jeff sent you all out an email with the specifics on how to do that.  You HAVE to follow the instructions on that email. If you have not received it, please send Jeff or a I a note and we will get it out to you.

Now for the race:

Money Broker (Gawerecki/Butler): Lost by 14 last out to Blue Bomber and by 3 to us two back.  He’ll sit mid-pack and try and make a run.

Slick As Ice (Padilla/Quinonez): Ran out of room chasing Blue Bomber in his last coming up short by a length and a quarter.  Will likely wind up for one long run late.

Logan’s Leopard (Rumsey/Carter): Stretching back out. Last time he ran a mile was against us where he came up short by 11 1/2.

Out of Patience (Van Winkle/Lindsay): Dropping in from $7500 where he closed to be third going a mile.  Two back he ran against Unleash the Beast, Hamazing Vision and Blue Bomber.  While he was well beaten it was a considerably more difficult field and all three of those mentioned earlier came back to win. Shouldn’t be too far off the pace and will try and close. Shouldn’t be overlooked.

Blue Bomber (Diodoro/Arietta): Very impressive in his last where he was handicapped by a bad start and still managed to win by more than a length.

Herbie (Flores/Chirinos): Herbie will go to the lead and try and stay there.  He was unable in his last couple of starts – once against us and in his last race going a bit shorter where he finished 2nd.

SATELLITE (BROBERG/EIKLEBERRY)

Satellite won last out by tracking the speed and outrunning the field down the lane and I wouldn’t expect a much different strategy this time out.

We all know that Herbie will head to the lead and, at first glance, it looks like he’ll be alone up there.  However if you look closer at morning line favorite Blue Bomber, don’t be surprised to see him there as well.

He had trouble last time out getting going and was still able to rally to win.  In his 2020 Canterbury debut, he was likely overmatched in the $10,000 optional claimer/$5000 starter race – where he finished a very good 4th behind horses having great Canterbury seasons.  Prior to those races, however, he pressed the pace or was on the lead.  Pressing Herbie would not be the worst thing in the world for us.

Out of Patience should to be running late, but likely starting a bit behind us so Ry should be able to get first run on the leaders.  That will leave one simple question late: will we be good enough to go by and win while holding off the closer?

We should know the answer to that by about 8:45 tomorrow.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

NEW ADMISSION PROCEDURE

You all should have received an email from Jeff today letting you know of the new procedure for attending the race on Monday. The email spells out the steps you need to take in order to make your reservation.

I wanted to get it out here so you don’t overlook it in your email that you used to sign up for the Club.

If you do NOT receive the email, please let Jeff or I know via email.  We will check with the 2020 Club list and then re-send you the information.

You HAVE to use this procedure.  There is NO walk up ticketing for Clubbers.

Look forward to seeing you at the races!