Financials – August

Attached are the unaudited financials as of the end of August.  Mr. Ark will have about 15 days and then he is off the books.

Nev appears to be recovering okay.  She was in some pain but was treated with some painkiller and muscle relaxant to ease her discomfort.  Nevada and the vet will look to figure out what the root cause of the cramping and get her back on track.

Options for races going south include Churchill, Belterra and Indiana Grand.  Remember she just missed hitting the board (the rider stopped riding and was nipped at the wire for 3rd) in a Maiden Claiming $16,000 at Oaklawn, so she can be competitive at the lower levels.  She needs to be off the books by the end of the year so we will be aggressive in placing her like we were going to be on Friday.

CRC 2018 Running financials -AUG


Nevvy Will Scratch on Friday

I Never Give Up had an episode of “tying up” this morning coming off the track after her galloping. The scientific name for tying up is rhabdomyolysis, which simply translated means muscle (myo) breakdown (lysis). The causes are several but the result is the same, muscle cramping. It takes a while to get it under control when a horse has an episode and they made need assistance with some painkillers and muscle relaxers – all of which cannot be in her system when she races.

As a result, she will have to be scratched Friday. Nevada and team will work on her, draw blood, figure out the cause and work toward the solution.  If all goes well, we can hopefully have her back and able to race near the end of the month in either Kentucky or Indiana.

At the end of the day, you have to take care of the horse and do right by them – it’s our responsibility as owners as payback for as hard they work for us.

It’s not an ideal way to end the local season but a couple of positives are that while we didn’t win, we were able to run more at home than we ever have and have Nev earn enough with her on the board finishes in Maiden Special Weights to pay much of the bills.

Mr. Ark will be heading to North Dakota this weekend to Doctor Bowman’s Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoptions where he will rest, rehab and then be rehomed.

I Never Give Up Kicks Off Closing Weekend

Thanks for everyone who came by to join us for coffee and donuts Saturday morning.  We had a great time hanging out, talking about the season and spending an hour of our time with Nevada doing some Q&A on not only our horses but training and the industry in general.

I Never Give Up will be kicking off Closing weekend Friday night when she takes on a full field of 13 in the race 1.  Keep in mind that Friday night post time is a special 5:00 PM post – NOT 6:30.  Groups 3 AND 4 are welcome in the paddock so everyone can get through for the 3rd time.  She is breaking from post position 4 so it will be important that we do not crowd posts 3 and 5, so please be aware!

Dean Butler picks up the mount in the $10,000 claiming race.  We got the class drop and we’re on the turf but the distance is a mile and a sixteenth.  Hopefully the big drop from Maiden Special Weight will be enough to make up the difference from the sprint to a route.  However, it’s not like she’s been in a disaster in her longer attempts as well and Butler has one of the best clocks in his head in the jockey colony so we’re in good hands.

The preview will be up later in the week and we’ll let you know if the Club has space then as well.

See you Friday night!


See You Tomorrow; Ark Photos

We’ll see those of you that RSVP’d to the breakfast tomorrow!  We’ll be out on the apron in the Cabanas from 9-11.  They’ll be donuts, coffee and juice and we’ll watch some morning workout, talk about this year – and next – and just enjoy being together before the season ends.  We need to be out of the Cabanas at 11 sharp as there is a group in there for racing.

We’re excited to get I Never Give Up in for closing weekend and hopefully nail down that first win!

Here are some photos of Ark’s last out.  There is someone interested in him as a riding horse but she has through the weekend to decide and then he’s heading to North Dakota to Doc Bowman’s ranch – he needs to come off the books.


Nev Closing Weekend

We did not enter I Never Give Up for the $5000 maiden claimer this weekend.  Nevada wanted another week to work with her on a couple of things to correct her lugging in late and get her to run straight down the lane.

They are going to work on her feet some and continue to experiment with some equipment to hopefully get her to run straight and true.  She’s shown enough flashes of her potential – especially finishing second in a pair of Maiden Special Weights – that were encouraging enough that given an extra week we can hit on something that will get us our win before the tents are struck on the 2018 Canterbury season.

For that last race, because we’re so close to getting through the third cycle of the paddock groups, we will open the paddock to both groups 3 and 4.

Closing weekend is September 14 & 15.  We will not know that date of her race for another week as closing weekend does not draw until September 9.

Thank you for all RSVPing for the morning wrap up – we will see you next Saturday morning!

Mr. Ark 8th

Mr. Ark unfortunately was unable to pick things up over the turf course today.  He trailed throughout and was unable to put together a rally.  He did have some footing issues moving through the turn in case you all noticed him appear to falter at the top of the turn.  Leandro Goncalves said that he lost his footing and slid a bit through the turn and was unable to rally when he gathered himself back up again.  If you watch the replay carefully you can see where he looks like he’s in some distress but quickly corrects and tries to run on.

That said, the footing did not cause him to lose the race, he just did not turn out to be the horse we thought he could be.

He will cool out the next day or two and we have some folks lined up to take a look at him as a potential riding horse and give the boy as safe a landing as we can get for him.

In Nev’s world, the only maiden races used on Friday evening were for boys or Minnesota bred horses so, of course, I Never Give Up was not entered.

We’ll see if anything comes up for Saturday and, if not Saturday, then closing weekend.  We want to get that maiden breaker before we leave Canterbury and while we’re all together!

Mr. Ark: Race Preview

Mr. Ark is running Saturday afternoon in the 7th race.  The race is a $7500 claiming race on the turf going five furlongs.  He is breaking from post 8 and has former Canterbury rider Leandro Goncalves aboard.

The Club has space in Silks tomorrow and it is Group 2’s time in the paddock.

Here is the field:

Pepper Prince (McKinley/Sanchez) – Winner last out at $4000 coming off the pace over the dirt at 29-1.  This will be his first try over the turf course.

Lonesome highway (Bethke/Lindsay) – A winner over the turf and in the money in half of 10 attempts, he has shown ability on the grass – he just hasn’t seen it in a while.  Super consistent six year old with recent wins in Nebraska but has finished second twice this season at Canterbury on the main track.

Six Ninety One (Hanson/Hamilton) – Opened the Canterbury season with a 5 1/2 furling main track win going gate to wire.  Switched over to the turf course he finished a stubborn second at this level three back.  Certainly will be prominent early.

Smarty Party Papa (Lund/Thompson) – Pace pusher has won three of four at Canterbury this season.  Has not won on the turf but has hit the board in two of three efforts – all here in Shakopee.

Magic and More (Spencer/Escobar) – Prairie Meadows shipper is one of six over the turf with a place and show as well.  Canterbury turf record is one second in his lone try.

JP Rocker (Rarick/Velazquez) – Winner in a $12,000 optional claiming sprint over this turf course earlier in the season over the quick Boston Charley.  Should be sitting right off the speed.

Outrun the Posse (Silva/Eikleberry) – 2-1 morning line favorite, he claimed by Miguel Silva early in the meet for $4000 and came back to win at $5,000 two starts later then was a winner last out at this distance first time over the turf virtually gate to wire.


Scherer Magic (Diodoro/Mojica) – The pair is winning at 26% at Canterbury and Robertino Diodoro is 21% first off the claim (he claimed this one last out at Prairie Meadows for $5,000).  Definitely a speedster, he’ll have his work cut out for him breaking from post 9 and in only his 3rd start over the turf, but this barn is a good one and speed is never a bad thing to have on your side.

Star Spangled (Richard/Stevens) – Minnesota beat open company over the turf before, gate to wire in a $20,000 conditioned claimer in 2017.  Has had a rough time of it recently.

Mr. Ark broke his maiden over the turf in impressive fashion at Lone Star, taking command half way in the 7 1/2 furling race and drawing off by 5.  He only got on the grass one more time and that was at Lone Star in a $15,000 non-winners of 2 lifetime and he finished up the track, though he did have some trouble in the race.  He never tried the turf again.

The intention when we claimed him was get to Canterbury, win a race early (since he was a multiple winner over the main track it didn’t make sense to play around with what was working) and then experiment a bit on the turf.  He’s never really lived up to his promise so we’ll give him a go over the turf now and see what happens.

He’s quick enough that he should be able to get position early.  I’m not sure he’s fast enough to get the early jump over some of the speed inside of him but Leandro may be able to get position just behind it.  If he can, then it will be a matter of the early speed tearing each other up and picking up some of the pieces late.  It will be interesting to see if he has a closing kick over five furlongs.  In theory (335 Tomlinson for the distance on the turf) this should be right in his wheelhouse.  This doesn’t mean that he’s necessarily good enough, but we may have a puncher’s chance.

See you tomorrow and GOOD LUCK!