Furzy Failed

Furzy ended the winning streak at 2 today with a really lackluster effort over the main track at Canterbury tonight.  While admittedly she was in up against the boys, she showed very little after the break, including virtually cantering around the racetrack with very little effort.

We’ll see how she comes back from the race but if there are no excuses it’s time to find her a new job or a softer place to run.

Furzy was supposed to be the better of the two fillies when we got them but have certainly gone in opposite directions.  Most disappointing is that Furzy works so well in the mornings but has not been able to transition those efforts to the afternoons.

Now there is no pressure to keep a winning streak alive as we head into the big race next week with Lil!

We’re Diving In!

It’s a new Club milestone – our first stakes race.

We took a chance that there wouldn’t be as much travel as usual between Covid and purse reductions that whoever remained Lil’ could be competitive.  The LAST thing we want to do is enter just to run.

Attached is the overnight sheet as well as the stakes nominations with all the past performances of the nominees.  Once you cross out who’s out, I think we are competitive as long as Lil’ can get the mile distance.  She does that and things will get very exciting.

More information as we get closer to next Wednesday.  This week is going to last about a month…

Stakes overnights




Race Preview: Furzy

We are in the enviable position of trying to figure out how to win three races in a row!  As I’ve mentioned, this isn’t exactly the spot we wanted to be in, mucking it up with the boys, but not getting the low level maiden race for girls to go, we had to run here.

Given this field, things aren’t as bad as you’d think.  All but two in here are three year olds and one of the older horses is a 5-year old first time starter.

Let’s go through the field.

Youwonderwhyidrink (Bolinger/Chirinos) – Iowa bred has been toiling in Nebraska.  Looks like an off the pace type.

Blacks Ferry Road (Hornsby/Felix) – Pair of relatively flat efforts since moving here from Arkansas.  Will be cutting back this race from a mile last out.

Shehe (Rarick/Lindsay) – Five year old first time starter would indicate that there has been some issues in the past.  Relatively steady work pattern since arriving here.


Rockthepulpit (Raven/Arietta) – Looks to be the lone speed in the race and has a top poilot on board.   Solid efforts at Will Rogers and first try here was a third.  New barn is 18% off the claim with a large flat bet profit with that angle.

Rahaal (Villafranco/Loveberry) – Top outfit is cutting back in distance.  Local efforts were just okay after a couple of solid efforts in Oklahoma.  Should want to sit just off the pace and should definitely improve on the cutback in distance.  If Rockthepulpit is pressured, he could be the one to pick up the pieces.

Dazzling Reunion (L Litfin/Butler) – Tried higher on the turf in his local debut where he pressed the speed but faltered.  Cuts back from a mile and should have a better effort and be in the mix longer.

Hard to know what to make of this race for us.  She really didn’t show us enough to get a feel for her in her last.  We do know that she fired from the gate beautifully and was aggressive in the start.  We also know that turn came up on her quicker than she expected and hard time navigating it so quickly.  Once she blew the turn and got bumped around she just gave up.

She gets more of a sweeping turn on the dirt as well as have more time to be prepared for it going six furlongs.  With apprentice rider Kelsey Harr we get a five pound weight allowance (apprentices traditionally get a weight allowance to get started in order to encourage trainers to use them).  As a 3-year old we’re allowed another five pounds (as the other threes are). And then as a filly against males we get another five pounds.  So we are running 10 pounds lighter than most and 15 lighter than a couple.

She’s been working very well and everyone who has ridden her thinks she has some talent.  If she can pull it all together, we should have a good run.  With a little luck, it could be even better!


Here is the surprising (and hopefully accurate!) outlook from Scott Ehlers at the DRF (though it appears he missed that she’s a filly):

FURZY was off slow in his debut so there is your excuse. Maybe he wasn’t ready for two turns in his second start. Then he came here and tried the same but on the grass but did little. Now he gets back to a dirt sprint and gets a weight break all while dropping in class. The Litfin barn has been hot of late. ROCKTHEPULPIT has solid figs and good speed. New barn is 18% off the claim. There isn’t much pace in this race so this gelding could be long gone on the front end. RAHAAL has some solid tries at Oaklawn. His last two locally were just even efforts. Maybe this colt doesn’t like two turns? SHEHE is by a 12% debut sire. His dam was un-raced and this is her first foal. This gelding is a 5YO.

Other DRF analysis:

By HERMIS Michael Hammersly

5 Rockthepulpit
6 Rahaal
4 Furzy

By HANDICAP Marcus Hersh

5 Rockthepulpit
4 Furzy
6 Rahaal

By Consensus 111-31(76)

5 Rockthepulpit
4 Furzy
6 Rahaal

Next Up for Lilly – A Stake?!

With Lilly coming back strong and performing so well, she was nominated to the $50,000 Northbound Pride Oaks to be run next Wednesday evening.

While this isn’t the first time we’ve had a stakes nominee, this IS the first time we’ve actually thought about entering.  That said, Nevada and I are leaning toward not entering.  The 21 nominees vary in quality but there are several that could be monsters and we can probably find a softer spot for her.

We’ll keep kicking it around tonight and tomorrow morning through entry time.  We’ll let you know where we land.  I wouldn’t expect it, but it is exciting to think about.

You can find the list of nominees and their past performances here: http://www.canterburypark.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Northbound-Pride-Final.pdf

We didn’t lose anything by nominating her.  The race is free to nominate.  However, to enter the fee is $250 and then to start it’s another $250.  This really isn’t a bad amount considering some stakes can be thousands to enter.  Others you need to nominate when the horse is young and then make sustaining payments in later years to keep the horse eligible.  And this is all before you even know what kind of horse you have.

We are not in that situation here.

The Northbound Pride Oaks is a mile on the turf for 3-year old fillies so we do have distance concerns.  We think she can probably get the mile but it is unknown for sure.

So I’m sure Nevada and I will make 15 different decisions between now and the time entries close and, while it’s not a lot of money, it’s still money that we don’t want to waste if we don’t have a shot.

You can probably tell by this post how back and forth we are on it.

So stay tuned and we’ll let you know!

Two in a Row!

Congratulations, team!  That’s two in a row for the group and while not 46-1, it was just as exciting to win another.

Nice job by Karl, his assistant, Clemente, and especially Ry in getting the job done today. A couple of times it looked like Satellite wasn’t going to get going, but Ry worked hard to rev him up and find that seam into the lane to get through and then draw off and win.

There was no claim so Satellite will head back to the barn and get some rest after a well earned win.

Furzy is up on Wednesday in the 3rd, a $5000 maiden claiming event and we’ll preview that race Wednesday morning.  Stay tuned tomorrow for some news on Lilfeatheredindian as well.

Here is some vide that Jeff took from the finish line:


Race Preview: Satellite

ALERT: ALL Clubbers will be on the list to attend the races this week!!  Same procedure: get your temp taken at the front door (masked up), go over to the ticket window to your left and pick up your ticket.  Your admission is good for the track level during racing.  Just a reminder – we cannot go into the paddock but I will be standing outside the paddock by our number (4) if you want to join me. We’ll sort out a LIMITED winners’ circle if it comes to that.

Satellite kicks off the card on Monday night.  The race is a $4000 claiming race for horses that have not won a race in 2020 or 4 races lifetime going a mile on the dirt.  We’re breaking from post four with Ry Eikleberry aboard.  We’re 2-1 on the morning line behind Herbie, just to our outside

Logan’s Leopard (Rumsey/Arrieta) – Possessor of early speed, we managed to handle this one last out when he faded through the turn.  His early turn of foot could prove to be important.

Money Broker (Gawarecki/Butler) – Another from Satellite’s next race.  Satellite managed to finish 6 1/2 lengths in front of him.  Another with some speed early.

Purple Sky (Eidschun/Harr) – You guessed it, another from our race.  Ran a relatively flat 5th.


Herbie (Villafranco/Loveberry) – Was third to Trapalanda who was second on July 1 in a $20,000 optional claiming race.  Tends to always be competitive and should be on the lead early.

Aquamarine (Eidschun/Arroyo) – First local start since last summer when he capped off his season with a 2nd at this level.  Back to the races after a last out on May 11 at Will Rogers.

The key to this race will be how the early part of the race plays out.  Should Herbie get an uncontested lead and is able to lollygag around the track, he may have plenty left at the end to hold off any rally.  The track has certainly been playing to speed, so that could be a little concerning as well.

However, it doesn’t appear that Herbie is the only speed in the race.  The two horses on the inside have some early go to them as well.  If the three go out together and Herbie is pressured up front and we can sit behind that, it shouldn’t matter how fast the track is playing if they can start tiring up front – as all three have shown that they have been recently – then we have an excellent shot at notching back to back wins.  It’s going to be exciting to watch it play out!


Lilfeatheredindian Follow Up

Just some odds and ends:

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Downstairs is off limits to all but racing personnel.  I’m not even supposed to go down there without prior permission, so please do NOT go down there looking for photos as in past years.  We will have a distribution system worked out next weekend after this week’s races (and hopefully more photos!).

Lil’ earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 66 for her race Thursday.  That’s not bad at all.  If she can keep moving up from there, she’s going to be a solid little turfer.  What a great job getting her ready by Team Litfin – obviously Veronica and Nevada but also her groom, Francisco, who takes care of her every day, and her exercise rider, Alex, who puts in the work on the track in the morning so she can shine in the afternoon.

Give Lil all the credit in the world – she was so game and so tough.  We picked up her and Furzy as a package (50% each) with the Litfins and the original plan was to get her a cheap maiden breaker and then move her on.  Well…she disrupted that plan by really taking to the turf in a way that we hoped but didn’t necessarily expect.  The grit and determination she showed and the patience, skill and hard work exhibited by Alonso Quinonez has definitely short circuited those original plans.  She came out of the race excellent and it will be exciting to see where she goes next.

Here are a couple of photos from the race:

Here is the copy of the race chart: Lils Win Chart 7-2.

To watch a replay of the race, perhaps several times (or maybe that’s just me…go to: https://www.canterburypark.com/streaming-replays/.  Choose July 2 and race 4 and she’ll pop right up and you can relieve the magic!

Now our attention turns to Satellite on Monday and then Furzy on Wednesday!  Pretty exciting 7-day stretch for us!


Congratulations everybody!

I’ve never been more happy to be so wrong about a race in my life!

She broke like a dream and Alonso Quinonez was able to clear the field and take them into the turn.  As they were moving through the field, our trainer, Nevada Litfin, was pounding on the bar yelling at me that if she makes the turn she’s going to go on.

My supportive client response? “NO WAY!”


She kicked on sharply, especially once she was headed by the 2, Lets Parti Mardi.  She was a game little filly today, that’s for sure.

I hope that some of you had her on your tickets.  At 46-1 she is the longest shot that the Club has every had.

Right now we are trying to formulate a plan for winners’ circle photos.  Downstairs is off-limits so you can’t go downstairs like in the past.  Since we are nearly a co-favorite on Monday and we’re also running again Wednesday, we’ll lump everything together and will have instructions on getting – hopefully multiple – winners’ circle photos by the end of next week.


Race Preview: Lilfeatheredindian; Furzy In

Lil goes tonight in the 4th race.  The race is maiden special weight on the turf going five furlongs.  Alonso Quinonez is the rider and we break from post 9.

We outlined the procedure in the last post for those of you that can attend the races on the main floor.  PLEASE keep in mind that because of the restrictions in place, we are not going to be going in the paddock.  Last race there was some sneaking into the paddock for photos and, should that continue, we may have to restrict access to track level altogether.  We’re all trying to do what we can to remain compliant to keep racing, please don’t jeopardize that.

On to the preview.

Dixie Nation (Cline/Harr) – First turf try but had some decent outs last year here and a solid third in February in an Oaklawn maiden special weight.  A closing type.

Let’s Pardi Marti (Williams/Arrieta) – A third on the Arizona turf first out as a 2-year old, this will be here three year old debut.

Blue Lizzy (Silva/Garcia) – FIRST TIME STARTER

Raggedy Doll Peach (Brinson/Velazquez) – FIRST TIME STARTER

Inthemistymoonlight (Bethke/Hernandez) – FIRST TIME STARTER

Margarita Munndy (Stuart/Eikleberry) – Just missed last out at Sam Houston over their turf course in her first 2020 start. Was close throughout and has some speed.  Also fired off a layoff before so certainly could again.

Turqoise Trail (Litfin/Roman) – Nevada’s other filly in the field. Has shown a little speed early in the past but looks, like us, that he couldn’t get her a cheaper race on the grass.

Cynical Girl (Robertson/Chirinos) – She standouts in the Form.  A good 2nd off the layoff and Beyer Speed Figures well above anyone else.  Should track and blow by late.  There is a reason we run the races, though.  But there is also a reason why horses go off at 3/5.


Ms Sassy Attitude (Robertson/Canchari) Another Mac runner who has shown more than most in this field.  Had speed and faded after the layoff but probably needed a race and should step up a little in here.

This is my “can we win section” here and, as much as I’d like to layout a scenario where we handle Cynical Girl, it’s hard to see that we will.  Our girl’s best race was over the turf in a maiden special at Lone Star where she was really unsettled and had a rough trip.

There is no reason to think that she won’t step up on the turf here and she has show early speed in the past but has been unable to maintain it.  That may be our shot in this one – go and don’t come back (though I haven’t spoken to Nevada about that so I’m purely speculating).

My honest assessment is that is we can hit the board, earn some money and live to fight another day when we can get a lower maiden claimer on the turf to go, then I’ll be happy.

Don’t forget – comin up next will be Satellite on Monday and…


An odd season continues with Furzy getting the class relief we want but not in the way we wanted it.

The $5000 maiden claimer did not fill again this past week.  A race that was run here every other week in past seasons can’t get more than four runner right now – for fillies and mares.  So we entered her to run that low against the boys.  Hopefully in the interim a fillies and mares race comes up, but she came back strong, has been working well and we have to run, so next Wednesday we’ll take a shot against the boys at the bottom and see what she can do.

REMINDER: Canterbury races are available to stream online for free at the Canterburypark.com website.



Thursday – At the Races

We’ve worked out a larger group for Thursday evening who will be on the “will call” list to get track level access to the races.  Below are the names of the next group.  There will be tickets in your name at “will call” – a left turn after you clear your temperature check at the main entrance next to the valet parking area (there is no valet parking available).

You’ll get your ticket and that will give you access to the main floor, not the other levels.

If you’re not on the list, you can still get free admission by making reservations in the simulcast area on the 3rd floor of the facility.  You can get those here: https://www.canterburypark.com/racing-promotions/simulcast-clubhouse-reservations/

Donald Coy Jr
Richard Cronholm
Steven Davenport
Ward Denaway
Amy Dullum
Eli Edwards
Kathy Estes
Kathy Fontes
Donny Foster
Tim George
Sophia Grevelis
John Griebenow
Todd Gustafson
Mike Haeuser
David Hagen
Shari Hamer
Jennifer Harris
Rebecca Harris
Robert Harris
Rose Heath
Will Hegeman
Sidney Hegseth
Tina Heidelberger
Jerry Hennen
Vince Heuser