As horse owners you are responsible for various bills including those submitted by the farrier when he shoes your horse. In general, a horse receives new shoes every four to six weeks. The farrier is a very important piece of the puzzle. As the old saying goes: ‘No foot, No horse.’

A good farrier can make a huge difference in horse performance. Nevada uses Scott Rhone in most cases.

Watch this instructional video to learn more:

Video by Michelle Blasko

Empty on Friday But More to Check Out

As we mentioned, there were four horses we were looking at as possible claims tonight.  Here is a run-down (names with-held!) of what we found:

Horse 1 – SCRATCHED  So that made it easy to eliminate this one!

Horse 2 – Precipitous class drop made us a little wary.  Horse dropped five class levels but still couldn’t win tonight.  Clay was familiar with the owners and cautioned that they don’t drop a horse like that without a reason.  Obvious there was something not right.

Horse 3 – We hemmed and hawed about this one.  We checked it out in the paddock and the horse had a bit of a bump on its shin, indicative of perhaps having some work done (a potential problem) and was a small horse showing some anxiety in the paddock.  Three strikes and you’re out.  He did hit the board but barely.  Had we claimed this horse we would have overpaid and he probably can’t win at this level.

Horse 4 – In doing the research into this horse Clay discovered that he was a bit of a nut case that required special handling.  This kind of horse can be problematic because if you don’t know its secrets you could really have some issues and its not like after a claim you can go to the old trainer and ask!  Horse finished up the track.

So three horses to look at; two of the three didn’t make it to the “eye test” stage and the one that did failed it.  None of them impressed on the track.

We’re not done this weekend, though, and we’re also looking at a potential private sale.  Tomorrow doesn’t look promising but there are some possibilities on Sunday.

Stay tuned.

All reports on Belle are solid.  As mentioned yesterday, she came out of the race really well and started galloping back again the other day and really impressed her exercise rider with how solid she was after coming off a hard fought win.  We’ll give her a week training and then figure out her next spot!

Belle Back on Track; Targeting 2nd Friday

Brilliant Belle went back to the track for training today and is showing no ill effects from her race…eh, victory…on Friday. She will continue to work over the track for the next week and we’ll look for her next start.  Then it will be up to paddock group 2 to keep the momentum going!


We’re researching several horses that are in tomorrow night for a possible second Club horse.  Several factors go into this process.  You try to check the background of the horse if you can – if there has been a history of injury, for example.  Or if the horse has any interesting quirks.  You try and find our if the layoffs the horse has experienced (there SHOULD be some layoffs, they just can’t keep training and training.  Eventually they will sour) have reasonable explanations. Make sure their workouts are regular and consistent.

As long as all there factors check out, they have to pass the “eye” test: watch them walk over before their race and see if there is anything that there is to be alarmed about: legs, knees, ankles and the way the horse moves.

If all checks out then we’ll drop the claiming slip and see if we can get ourselves another horse.

Belle Wins!


Brilliant Belle, under Justin Shepherd, seized the lead early and then refused to give it up late, winning for us at an unheard of (for the Racing Club) 13-1.

Our filly was tough and Justin knew exactly what to do with her.  As we mentioned in the preview, there didn’t seem to be a ton of speed in the race but a few that could take the lead if they chose to do so; Justin chose to do so and it worked out perfectly.

She broke well, hustled up, saved ground and was dogged – hard – by the favorite in the lane but she didn’t have any quit in her!

Winners’ Circle photos will be available in the track photographer’s office starting today after noon.  They are $10 each (normally $20-$25 but we get a volume discount as you can imagine!) and you can pay for them when you pick them up.

To get to the track photographer take the stairs next to the nut stand on the grandstand level down to the office level; go through the doors and take a right, another right and then the office is on the right.

Here is the chart of the race:

Belle Chart 5-26-17

Her routine the next few days will be to walk until she’s sufficiently recovered to jog again and by next weekend she’ll be galloping.  In a couple to three weeks we’ll see what her next race may be.  She’s eligible for these starter allowances all summer long, so that’s certainly nice!

The Club picked up $10,200 for the winner’s share of the purse and an additional $500 as part of a starter incentive program for horses that are new to Canterbury.

Once again, congratulations to everyone and much thanks to Nevada and Veronica Litfin, Carly (Belle’s groom), and Justin for pulling off the win.  Great team effort!

Brilliant Belle: Race Preview

Our girl goes postward tonight around 10:05 PM with Justin Shepherd in the saddle.  Remember that the Club has a spot inside at Silks – a couple of tables will be set aside for anyone who wants to use them.  Paddock Group 1 leads us off as well.  I’ll swing by the tables after the 7th and then head over to the Paddock.  If you’re in group 1 you can also meet us over at the Paddock before the race.

This is the space where we take a look at the race and then see if we can dope out a way that we can possibly win.  Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the field (with trainer/jockey in parenthesis).

BRILLIANT BELLE (Litfin/Shepherd)

Miss Ocean Express (Donlin/Delorme) – Filly has nine lifetime wins over several racetracks.  Folks let Fonner fool them last out, letting her got off at over 6-1 where she closed with a rush in an allowance here at Canterbury.  She should stalk but can also seize the lead early if necessary.

My Crazy Dayse (Riecken/Hernandez) – Another that has shown both the ability to close and has early speed.  Figs are not up to the level of the more accomplished miss to her inside but should have a say in the way the race develops.

Aparri (Cornier/Mawing) – Should be prominent early and has won five of her last seven with some of the most solid figs in the field.  We usually don’t see horses here with wins at Emerald Downs and Portland Meadows so it will be interesting to see how she takes to the Canterbury surface.

Wildwood Kantharos (Litfin/Mojica) – Recent claim off a long layoff from the prominent Illinois duo of Stiritz and Becker, the former stakes winner has back class but certainly had a disappointing return to the races while having the best back class of the field. First out for the new connections was certainly an improved effort – dangerous if this improvement continues.

Four Times Lucky (Van Winkle/Loveberry) – Another recent claim that faltered in her next start, albeit a stakes race.  She heads back to a more manageable level.  If her figs and Turf Paradise form holds, she’ll be closing with a rush.

Annoy (Heitzman/Canchari) – Morning line favorite was second best in a first off the claim in a $7500 starter at Churchill.  Should be close to the lead and may seize it if no one else does. Should be tough.

Eva’s Sugarloaf (Cook/Evans) – First off the claim for the new connections.  Has won on the lead in Oklahoma and just off the pace at Fonner.  If figures matter, she may be a cut below those in here.

This spot is no gift.  We do know that first off the claim for us she had a really rough trip over a speed favoring track yet was still able to close from 12 out of it against double her purchase price.

We’ve won sire to wire before – back at Churchill in a $30,000 nw2 claiming race and in a race void of real speed, this might not be a bad strategy.  That said, that race was a very long time ago.  She was a clear second in the race we claimed her in, closing smartly and was clearly second best.

Justin Shepherd should have some options and firing from the inside should hopefully ensure that we’re not too wide during the race.  We know she’s improved since we got her and if she continues that improvement we stand a chance.

Safe travels to all and good luck, team!


A Lot Of Traffic On The Track In The Mornings

If you have watched morning training, it may be confusing and appear chaotic as horses are traveling in both directions on different parts of the track. But it actually operates like a finely tuned machine.  Katie explains the rules of the road in this video.


The track is open for training at consistent times so that trainers can make plans to have riders ready for whatever they need to accomplish each day.
Open at 5:30AM
Break – 7:30AM – 8:00AM
Open 8:00AM – 9:00AM – Starting Gate Up
Break – 9:00AM – 9:30AM
Open 9:30AM – 10:30AM – Starting Gate Up

Currently the main track is open every day for training but beginning June 5 it will be closed Mondays.  The training track however remains open daily .