High Spirit Entered, Financial Updates and Tour Plans

First of all, it’s going to be a busy weekend for you! High Spirit has been entered in a $5,000 claiming race for non-winners of two races in the year. The race went with 8 entries and will be run as the fourth race on the card on Saturday.

Denny Velazquez is again named to ride and the field looks a bit easier than the group we ran against last time.

Yes, that means that you have a horse entered on Friday night (Lovely Tak) and Saturday afternoon (High Spirit).

Therefore, we are going to split the paddock groups as follows:

Friday (Lovely Tak – Race 4 – 8:28PM): Last Names Beginning with A – L

Saturday (High Spirit – Race 4 –  Approx 3:00PM): Last Names Beginning with M – Z

Per usual, if you would like to join the group in the paddock, please be sure to arrive outside of the paddock shortly after the conclusion of the previous race.

Plans for a Second Backside Tour

We are going to host a second tour on Sunday, August 26 at 9:30 a.m. Please RSVP with Jeff or Andrew by e-mailing them at communications@canterburypark.com.

We will take a spin through the backside, see the pool, visit the barn and watch a workout (if time permits).

Update on Club Finances

Below is an update on the status of the account. Earnings are listed first with expenses following. As you can see, it certainly helps to win a race. However, without one member of the stable being able to run, it does make it difficult to make money.

Balance as of July 5 – $19,168.55

July Earnings:

Lovely Tak Fourth Place Finish on 7/12 – $540

Lovely Tak First Place Finish on 7/27 – $5,400

High Spirit Third Place Finish on 7/27 – $1,210

Total July Earnings – $7,150

July Training Expenses:

Lovely Tak Day Rate (31 Days at $60 per Day) – $1,860

Great Bam Day Rate (31 Days at $60 per Day) – $1,860

High Spirit Day Rate (28 Days at 60 per Day) – $1,680

Equine Retirement Fees ($2 per start) – $6

Pony in the Post Parade ($25 per start) – $75

Jockey Fee to Nik Goodwin (Lovely Tak Fourth Place 7/12) – $55

Jockey Fee to Nik Goodwin (Lovely Tak First Place 7/27 – 10%) – $540

Trainer Free to Clay Brinson (Lovely Tak First Place 7/27 – 10%) – $540

Groom Bonus for Winning Horse (Lovely Tak First Place 7/27) – $50

Jockey Free to Denny Velazquez (High Spirit Third Place 7/27) – $75

Trainer Fee to Clay Brinson (High Spirit Third Place 7/27 – 10%) – $110

Shoes for High Spirit on July 19 – $125

Quarter Crack Patch, Glue on Shoes and Protective Plate for High Spirit – $306

June Veterinarian Expenses:


Electrolytes, Thyroid Medication and Joint Supplements – $282.55

Raceday Medications – $35

Great Bam

Electrolytes, Antibiotics for Burst Blood Vessel and Thyroid Medication – $285.08

Lasix for Workout – $15

Lovely Tak

Thyroid Medication and Joint Supplements – $203.75

July Miscellaneous Expenses:

Win Pictures from Coady Photography – $1,092.27

Total of June Vet Expenses and July Training Expenses – $9,195.65

Final Balance as of 7/31 – $17,122.90


Lovely Tak Wins! High Spirit Finishes 3rd

You can now say that you have owned a winning racehorse!

Lovely Tak found a perfect spot to sit early in the race taking advantage of the fact that there wasn’t much speed and sticking closer to the early pace. Nik kept her in good position through the turn and then was able to capitalize up the rail when Automatic Victory left a hole for her to slip through. Click here to get the full chart.

It was a perfect and patient ride by Nik and it has certainly helped that the track appears to have evened out just slightly. It is a little easier to come from off the pace.

Here’s the replay:

Now, you’ll notice that Lovely Tak has been entered back for Thursday in the Claiming Series Final. As Jeff explained in an e-mail to the group this morning, it is unlikely she runs. However, if Clay thinks she’s doing extremely well come Wednesday, he will consider it. We will keep the group posted on Wednesday as to the plans. Check out Jeff’s e-mail for more information.

We are working a deal with the photographer to get pictures of the winner’s circle for the group. Stay tuned for more on that as well.

High Spirit ran about as well as could be expected given the glacial pace that was established in his race. Certainly expected there would be more speed to set the race up. That is why being a closer is difficult, you are always reliant on others to give the race the proper shape for success.

At any rate, a first and a third in one night aren’t bad. Congratulations on the victory! Hope some of you are out to enjoy the Mystic Lake Derby today.

High Spirit and Lovely Tak Entered for Friday

Well, two is better than one. Clay called this morning and wanted to enter both Lovely Tak and High Spirit and we told him to do what he thought was best. Therefore, they are both entered in different races on Friday night’s card.

Lovely Tak is entered in a $3,500 claiming race going 6 and 1/2 furlongs. The race is the second race on the card. Nik Goodwin is named to ride.

High Spirit is entered in a $5,000 claiming race going 1 mile and 1/16 on the dirt. The race is the sixth race on the card. Denny Velazquez will be aboard.

We will work on securing a seating area. Last names starting with A – L will be able to go to the paddock for the second race (approximately 7:35PM). Last names starting with M – Z will be able to go to the paddock for the sixth race (approximately 9:30PM). We’ll be back with more information about the races and paddock protocol later in the week.