TENS WILD Race Preview

The season is wrapping up here in Shakopee but TENS is just starting to heat up! He goes again in a $16,000 claiming race at 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf with Dean Butler aboard. The race is the third. He drew post eight and the race starts in the stretch as opposed to the chute, which I think is better for us, not having to negotiate two turns from the outside. The rail is out 30 feet so that does mean that the course will be a bit narrow and it makes it tougher for closers.

We go into the race the 5/2 morning line favorite off of our last win and I think that is probably justified. I think our boy looks good in here and we also stand better than 50/50 chance of getting claimed. I say that because he is obviously in good form and showed he can handle a group like this. The other side of that, though, is that $20,000 may be too much for him and buying him at $16,000 could be the top – or at least very close. I guess we’ll know at the end of the race!

We have a spot set aside for us inside of Silks and we’ll see you over there before the race.

Here is a look at the field.

1 Hunterwood (Biehler/Velazquez) – We got this one by 3 lengths last out and we were both in a position to pounce on the frontrunners. We did and he did not.

2 Two Chance (Kirby/Delorme) – Minnesotan had a rough time in his last two but did beat an open first level allowance field at this distance 3 starts back at generous odds. He’ll want to come off the pace.

3 Affirmed Cure (Peters/Vergara) – Another Minnesotan, this one came up and just got CITRON KID near the wire and edged us for 3rd. His fourth rider in four starts with a mishmash of styles, it’s hard to predict which way he’ll run tomorrow.

4 Moon Gun (Ledgess/Carreno) – Came up to run in the John Bullit and found himself overmatched. He only has one turf start and didn’t hit the board. He was wildly successful at Lone Star, winning three of six and not missing the board. He’ll want to stalk the pace very similarly to us.

5 Why Frank (Oliver/Richard) – Hit the front a bit prematurely in the CITRON KID race, he did manage to hold on for a solid second. Another one who will need some pace to run at.

6 Vino Limbo Tango (Becker/Franco) – Has run at Canterbury but not over this turf course. He comes up from Chicago having had a hard time finding the winners’ circle. It doesn’t get any easier for him here. He may, by default, end up providing some of the pace.

7 Kipson (Scherbenske/Sanchez) – Minnesotan cleared his conditions last out taking a field of $20,000 non-winners of 3 claimers by a half length under a very well-timed ride. Stepping up against multiple winners is tough and he may be a cut below these right now.


9 Zeki (Arnett/Canchari) – Iowan has been toiling at Prairie Meadows and is trying the turf for the first time. This can be a recipe for success for some of these types. Had a magnificent 2014 that saw him earn well over $150,000, winning five races – two of them stakes. He has not had the same type of success this season at the higher levels and is dropping back into claiming company. Should be able to revert back to his speedy ways here and could be dangerous if he A – takes to the turf and B – is left alone on the lead.

By the numbers we fit very well in here. TENS has been improving steadily since returning to the races and right now we don’t know where his peak is. It is going to be tough for us to get the stalking trip we want, especially from the outside. If we’re lucky, we’ll clear most of the inside and be able to tuck in behind the 9 and 6, sitting right where we want to be. If we find ourselves in a race developing like last out, we are going to be super dangerous. A serious lack of pace or Alex getting loose with Zeki early could end up causing us trouble.

Good luck!


News and Notes


There really isn’t a whole lot going on right now. Both girls are working at Hawthorne and appear to be doing well. It looks like we’ll be entering next week: TERICE in an $8,000 claimer on the grass (25th) and MARYJEAN in a $5,000 claiming sprint on the dirt (30th). Of course neither are official until we enter and get in the race(s).


Alex is recovering from his surgery and he say he’ll be sideline for about 2 months. It’s great news that the surgery went well and that he will be able to ride again. As many of you have no doubt heard, three jockeys – 2 in Australia and 1 in Indiana – lost their lives riding this past week. It’s easy to forget sometimes just how dangerous this sport is for both the human and equine athletes.


Now is the time to start thinking about 2015. I’m not sure that we will be doing too much different than this season from an operational perspective. There always is a lot of conversation about the Club dynamics and how things can be changed but we end up coming back to the mission of the Club: to educate Minnesotans about horse racing. We won’t lose our focus on that goal and, should members wish to move on to a potential “for profit” group, start your own group or buy a horse on your own – much the better. That is kind of the point, really: to get folks to the point that, if they wish, they can venture out on their own to join existing partnerships, form one of their own or go solo. If you have any questions, please feel free to let them rip. I’ll try and answer your questions the best I can be they about the Club, joining groups or how to start your own.

Canchari Seriously Injured

I know we’re all fond of Alex Canchari, our regular rider and local boy making good, so I wanted to bring you all some news and keep Alex in your prayers.

In his words:

“Sorry to tell everyone but I had a bad accident today at Santa Anita. I broke my collar bone and ribs and have collapses lungs. There’s air bubbles on my heart so I’m having surgery in the morning. God bless everyone it could have been worse thank The Lord I can still walk.”

Keep Alex in your prayers this weekend.

Safe Arrival and Hawthorne Prep

I mentioned this in response to a question on a previous post but it warrants a more prominent placement. The girls arrived in Chicago just fine and have enjoyed a bit of a break before Hawthorne’s opening on October 3. There appear to be several races over the first two weeks in the condition book that would fit for each of them so hopefully we’ll get them in relatively quickly.

Here are the August financials. I apologize for the delay but I had to straighten out a couple of items with the vet bill and the last week or so I’ve been laid out by some upper respiratory deal that I hope you all have avoided!

2014 CBY RC Running Financials August

And, as an FYI, in case you missed it, our Alex Canchari has appeared not in greater Chicago, but will be working the fall Santa Anita meet. Good luck to Alex as he tries to crack the big time!!

MARYJEAN Draws Inside Thursday Night

MARYJEAN drew the 1 spot in Thursday night’s 6th race with Alex Canchari aboard. The race is a $5,000 claiming race going 6 furlongs over the main track.

We’ve been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite and group 3 will take to the paddock to try and recapture the magic or race 1!

I am traveling all next week and won’t be here for the race and with it being the 6th and Heather having to work in Rochester early the next morning she won’t be up either. However, Michelle will be around as will the ubiquitous Jeff Maday.

Preview to come…good luck!

TERICE Goes on Friday

TERICE will make her Club debut Friday night in a $7500 Starter Allowance going a mile and 70 on the turf. It’s a spicy little spot for her with a couple of allowance winners in the field of seven. Alex Canchari is aboard which is always nice, but especially so since he rode her to her last win for trainer Nevada Liftin.

Group 1 is the paddock group for Friday. Michelle Benson will be there as I will be landing at MSP at 8:12 (and Heather will be picking me up) and I’m sure that Jeff will be around as well.

I will post a rundown later in the week.

MARYJEAN came out of her race fine and we’ll make sure of that when she heads back to the track and gallops. We’ll look for a spot for her and, hopefully, it’ll be a bit of a softer one.

Race 2 in Pictures

Here are some shots that Heather took of MJ. In a day or so I’ll also be adding some video that Michelle put together as well.

Heading to the paddock

Heading to the paddock

Heading to the paddock, a look of determination

Heading to the paddock, a look of determination

Walking ring

Walking ring

Coming down the lane

Coming down the lane



Alex working hard with her

Alex working hard with her

Crossing the finish line.

Crossing the finish line.

Unsaddling and quick post race inspection

Unsaddling and quick post race inspection

MARYJEAN Takes on Six Sunday

MARYJEAN is finally back in and she goes in the 2nd race on Sunday. The race is a $10,000 claiming race going six furlongs over the main track. I will break down the race further tomorrow but we have been installed as the morning line favorite at 5/2 and that is probably fair. This isn’t a walkover by any means and a tough filly coming back to dirt after three difficult attempts over the Arlington artificial surface will make this one tough.

We’re looking to see if we can get space in Silks for the Club on Sunday. There is a major Quarter Horse stake that day so there may be some space constraints, but I’ll add that info to the post tomorrow if we have the space or not.

Our gal drew the rail and the services of young Alex Canchari again. Group 4, it’s your turn in the paddock and to lead us to another win (fingers crossed!)!

MJ is A-OK!

MARYJEAN surging to the lead!

MARYJEAN surging to the lead!


The Club kicked off in style this season by winning it’s initial outing (I like this tradition we’ve started!!)!

MARYJEAN, under Alex Canchari, passed HOLLYWOOD KNOCKOUT in deep stretch to bring us to 1-0 an the season. She was very well placed throughout and once Alex got her to change leads mid-stretch, she was really able to dig in and get passed her rival. Keep in mind that HOLLYWOOD KNOCKOUT has hit the board in several allowance races at Remington and Prairie Meadows, so this win was even more impressive to me than just beating a bunch of $10,000 claimers.

She came back to the barn and cooled out just fine though you never really know for a day or two after a race how well they came back. Clay told me he’d call me if he had to but that no news is good news – so let’s hope for the silent treatment for the next day or so.

Thanks and kudos go out to Alex, Clay, Juan and the rest of “Team Brinson” to get the job done for us!

MJ full of confidence in the walking ring

MJ full of confidence in the walking ring

Winners’ Circle photos will be available from Saturday forward at the gift shop on the first floor just inside from the paddock. We will have an initial run of 40 there at $10 each. Once those are sold out you can order one there and pick it up in about two racing days by bringing in your receipt and ID.

The Winners’ Circle was a bit more crazy than usual this time and we’re going to work on having the next one taken on the racetrack so it’s not as confining for the people and the horse – providing we’re fortunate enough to get there again.

Congratulations again, folks, enjoy!!