KID Goes Tomorrow – Race Preview

CITRON KID with Dean Butler aboard goes in the 3rd tomorrow night. It’s a $10,000 claiming race over the turf going a mile and 16th out of the chute. The weather is supposed to be dicey and the race may end up off the turf. Clay and I are going to discuss whether or not we run in that case this evening. He has had one dirt attempt and lost by over 20 lengths so I think it will be doubtful, but I’ll post as soon as we decide so you can keep track.

Unfortunately, given that it is Mystic Lake Derby weekend, there are a LOT of groups coming to the Park this weekend and we can’t have our traditional section in Silks. But Group 3 (Group 3: Nierman – Zibley) will hit the paddock and, hopefully, the rest of you hit the winners’ circle!

Assuming the race stays on the turf, here is a look at the field:

1 Sound Effect (Diodoro/Franco) – Been running effectively at higher levels, drops a notch into this one from the same race CITRON comes out of. He finished 5th, us 4th.

2 Gentle As A Breeze (Berndt/Hernandez) – Another out of the last. Finished 7th after tiring.

3 Peace Offering (Biehler/Velazquez) – Winner in a conditioned $20,000 two back, stepped up into allowance company in his last and had a rougher time of it.

4 Born Force (Donlin/Richard) – Bit of a rough trip last out going a mile 3/8. Been trying to win at this level here since the claim to no avail.

5 Ragged Edge (Rhone/Carreno) – Minnesotan is yet another dropping in from CITRON’s last race as well. He closed nicely but still finished a length behind the KID.

6 Another Gear (Biehler/Goncalves) – Climbing high for this one, last two were at $5,000 and $7500 respectively. Moves up to $10,000 with a gaggle of $16,000 horses dropping in. Tough spot.

7 Limeshare (Riggs/Nolan) – Cutting back from a mile and 3/8 where he finished 2nd before being dropped after a DQ.

8 CITRON KID (BRINSON/BUTLER)

9 Pastero (Holder/P. Canchari) – Couldn’t come close at $7500 and now stepping up to a tougher than advertised $10,000.

10 Corporate Chapel (Bolinger/Sanchez) – Old warrior shifting barns and making first start for Bolinger. Improved dropping into $7500 company and now moves back to $10,000.

11 Costaud (Keen/Mello) – Cleared non-winner of 3 condition last out at $12,500. Speedster draws the outside and should provide most of the pace.

12 Runaway Cal (Rengstorf/Stevens) – Welcome back Scotty Stevens aboard this 6-year old gelding. Has had 3 shots at $7500 and hasn’t been able to get there.

The thought that we could sneak down to $10,000 claiming and catch a lighter field was shattered when the entries were drawn. The field is tougher than it looks and drawing post position 8 out of the chute could be trouble.

However, Gentle As A Breeze and Peace Offering on the inside should hopefully clear a path down to the main track and allow Dean to drop our boy behind them and sit 3rd or 4th heading past the stands for the first time. If we can save some ground and stay close, it looks like there is going to be quiet the cavalry charge to the finish that we can hopefully lead home, but it’s going to be tough and the pace is going to have to be weak enough to make sure we have enough gas but still enough to tire out the one or two that figure to be ahead of us early.

Heather and I will not be able to make it as we had made other plans for this evening early in the meet but Jeff will be there – and you can be assured that we will be watching!

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.

8 TENS WILD (BRINSON/BUTLER)

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!

KID Goes Tonight; Spot in Silks

The CITRON KID makes his debut for the Club this evening and we’ll take a look at the field.

I did want to touch base on the Winners’ Circle, should we be fortunate enough to reach there again. Club members and immediate family are welcome, it’s part of the experience! However in the last photo (which I am trying to no avail so far to put up as our header) there are quite a few folks that I know are not Clubbers (or family) or are former Clubbers that have chosen not to participate this year that were in the photo. If you are amongst this group, please do not ruin the experience for the people that have decided to participate this year. When we are lucky enough to win, the WC is a VERY crowded and potentially dangerous place to be. I do not want to have to limit access for actual members because the photo is being crashed by folks that are not.

Heather and I will stand in front of the horse (if anyone is going to get trampled it may as well be us and not you!) and everyone needs to be to our right, away from where the horse stands (marked by horseshoe prints on the ground). This is to make sure that everyone is out of the way of the animal. Safety is of utmost importance and while I know we all want to be visible, I want us all to be safe.
On to the race!

1 CITRON KID (BRINSON/BUTLER)

2 Bernie the Jet (Ledgess/Goncalves) – early speedster that just won at $20,000 stepping down to $16,000.

3 Ragged Edge (Rhone/Escobar) – Minnesota bred had some trouble at the higher levels but has certainly not embarrassed himself in open company either. Drops down to try and fit in here. Will be coming off the pace.

4 Sound Effect (Diodoro/Vegara) – Beat both Dr Action and Tens Wild last time out. Should be fresh and has a nice come from off the pace style which should suit this race nicely.

5 Affirmed Cure (Peters/Eikleberry) – Another Minnesotan that hasn’t been able to break through yet.

6 Wildcat Moon (Lavanway/Becerra) – Won the 2 furling Dash in a Flash on extreme day but needs to run in a “real” race today. Should have some speed and won at $10,000 before dudding in an allowance. Next logical step was this level.

7 Gentle As A Breeze (Brendt/Velazquez) – A very sharp claim by Joel Berndt at $7500 has gone on to win at $10,000 and finish 2nd in an optional and, last out, behind Tens. He should be close early as well.

8 Why Frank (Oliver/Richard) – Was able to win at $20,000 sitting off the pace and has a second at that level (and this one) earlier in the meet. Last out he was clearly overmatched but back where he belongs in here.

9 Callinghardten (Chambers/Franco) – Owner of a two race winning streak at $10,000 this spot was the next logical step up. Another who is going to come from off the pace.

I won’t lie to you, this is going to be a tough one to win. CITRON’s running style, early speed, matches several in here that are good, competitive horses at this level. You combine that with the likes of Why Frank and Sound Effect that have won at this level or higher recently by coming off the pace and Dean has his work cut out for him.

Clay’s barn has been red hot lately, even winning the Mantioba Derby at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg on Monday, so that can’t be underestimated. Additionally we have the leading rider again who seems to have a pace clock installed in his head, so that helps tremendously.

I can’t see us getting out to an easy lead and when this horse has tried to stalk he doesn’t seem to be able to get there late, however, if anyone can get the Kid to relax and sit a bit behind the other speedsters, it would be Dean Butler.

It’s a full field and a difficult race but those are always the most fun to win – it means you’ve really earned one!

Best of luck everyone. We should have a spot in Silks and we will see you tonight!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Nice win by our boy TENS WILD today under Dean Butler. Though we trailed the field early it was a closely bunched group and Dean knew exactly what he had underneath him.

As the field moved through the far turn and Dean steered TENS from 6th to 3rd while getting him in the best position to make a run to the wire, I felt confident that we had it. Very exciting to get that first win and congratulations to everyone.

Big thank you to Clay, Juan, Felix and Dean for getting him ready and getting him home in front.

PHOTOS

We will run pictures the same way we did last year: they can be picked up in the gift shop and will be $10 each. I placed an order for an initial run of 50. Last year we did 40 and then needed reorders for 10 twice. We have less people this year so I thought I’d give it a shot at 50 and see what we can do. If we end up needing more, we will reorder.

The photos should be ready for Thursday night, but most definitely by next weekend.

It looks like we’re going to look to give TENS about 3 weeks off and bring him back right at this level. CITRON KID is doing well and we’ll be looking to enter him the weekend of August 8-9.

We’ll have another post up this week and add some pictures that Heather was able to take of our boy out on the track.

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!