MUNDY Looks to Get Off Slide

Group 4 is up Saturday afternoon as MUNDY heads postward in a $7500 claiming clash going 7.5 furlongs over the turf. Yes, this is the lowest tag she’s been offered for. Is she worth more? Probably, but not to us. She has hard a tough time dealing with the heightened competition and greater early speed here at Canterbury and there is no reason to expect that she will do any better at Hawthorne. Should would, however, be a nice pick up for an outfit heading to Arizona where she has shown she really enjoys the Turf Paradise surface.

Needless to say, I would be okay with a win and a claim here.

Win. Can she win? Let’s take a look:

1. SMARTY PRANCE (Rhone/Hernandez) – MN bred has shown decent early speed in her longer efforts but as she has shortened up she’s found it harder to keep up. Drawing the rail is nice if she breaks well; problematical if she doesn’t.

2. I’VE HEARD RUMORS (Becker/Martin Jr) – Making her 2013 debut. She ran competitively at a much higher level last year before tapering off. As she dropped down the ladder the worse she got before being badly beaten in a $5000 claiming race at the end of the Hawthorne meet. She’s been off ever since.

3. DINA’S TYPHOON (Spencer/Stevens) – She drops back in class after taking a huge leap to try the HBPA Distaff in her first lawn attempt. Hard to tell if the lawn was the issue or the class hike. Competitive at this level on the dirt.

4. NEVERRGUEWITHRICHIE (Riecken/C Goodwin) – Two seconds over the Canterbury turf. 1 for 3 this season, but at $5000 over the dirt going long.


6. MORGANS A BLUMIN (Robertson/Shepherd) – a very potent combo late this season, Morgan will be coming hard late from the clouds.

7. HUSKER RIDGE (Liftin/Velasquez) – Huge winner last out, albeit in a $2500 claiming race in Columbus, Nebraska. Comes to Canterbury to try the turf for the first time. Has some breeding for it but a big step up in competition.

8. BUCCELA (Lund/Escobar) – First try over the turf and at the distance. Winner two back sprinting in a conditioned $6250 claiming race.

9. LADY JORBURG (Rhone/Olesiak) – Would automatically be considered a front runner if not for the lack of speed in her last three. However this was against higher class competition and maybe she needed this type of relief to perk back up?

10. PASSION TALK (Rengstorf/Butler) – A very competitive turfer at this level, this race can be hers if the pace is right for this deep closer.

11. MOONSHINE PROMISE (Rarick/A Canchari) – Bat this group last out so she’s certainly capable of doing it again. Post 11 could be a big hindrance for a horse that likes to stalk the pace.

12. PEARLOFTHEORIENT (Biehler/Keith) – This oft claimed mare was just claimed off of Clay the last start and returns at this level. Likes to be close to the pace, but coming in from the way outside.

ALSO ELIGIBLE: SERA’S TUNNEL (Cole/Ocampo) – If she goes, she’ll be on the far outside. Had some speed and likes to be near the pace. Dropping in here and should figure if she gets in.

So can our girl win? That’s always the question I try and answer and the answer in here is certainly yes. There appears to be some speed other than her in here, but they all have questions: Does SMARTY PRANCE have speed when going shorter? Is NEVERARGUEWITHRICHIE going to have speed over the grass and up a level? Will HUSKER RIDGE have speed moving way up from $2500? Can the speed on the outside get over in time to make a difference?

Now all these answers have to be “no” but they very well could be. She’s breaking from a nice spot in the middle/inside and should be able to get to the lead – hopefully with enough cushion to allow Juan to slow it down and then let the closers try and close futility while our mare has plenty left in the tank to ward ’em off.

Group 4, I will see you before the race. If I’m not mistaken we will have Silks from coffee and donuts through racing that day. Also, you will all be a witness to history as Angela becomes the first woman in North America to ever call an entire thoroughbred race card. Let’s hope we hear her calling our name!


July Financials

A win per month has done us a world of good, though we still don’t have July’s vet bill in yet, we’re doing okay. Our largest monthly expense is training, as expected. Our second highest expense? Winners’ circle photos! THAT is a nice expense to have. We do get a special rate from Coady Photography but given our numbers, it still gets pricey so please remember to pick up your photos!

Take a look at financials through July here:

CBY RC Running Financials – July


She came back well last night. I spent some time with her and talking with Clay. She got hooked up with that cheap speed and she was fried by the lane. It was interesting watching the replay with Clay because it turns out we were thinking the same thing at the same time: when she shook loose from the 6 we thought she might be able to do it; then in the lane we thought she just might hit the board; then we knew we were dead…

She is sound as can be and really needs to be loose on the lead so she can relax. We will make sure the next few days that she is okay (all appearances are that she is) and look for our next spot. It may be we need to drop her another notch. If she goes, she goes, but we need to get her confidence back and get her on the earning train again.

We’ll turn our thoughts to EDDY tonight and see if he can turn the tables on this crew. Stay tuned for my thoughts on that alter this morning.

Here is another wonderful video put together by Shelly Benson on MUNDY’s evening:

MUNDY Takes on Eight as Tepid Favorite

You don’t see many morning line favorites at 4-1, but MUNDY is one tomorrow night as we drop her down in class and look for her elusive first win.

She does her best running on the front end and we’re hoping she can outbreak the other speed in her race on her flank and settle down on the front end, relax and have enough against this group to carry her home.

Here’s a look at the field:

Befuddler (Bravo/Butler) – Has only placed 3rd in 12 turf attempts and is 0-4 over the Canterbury turf.

Grace of Greatness (Robertson/Franco) – Minn bred has hit the board in 7 of 9 Canterbury turf starts including a 3rd in the 2012 Princess Elaine Stakes. Has not registered a win since 2011 however.

Moonshine Promise (Rarick/Canchari) – Had probably the most visually impressive win of the Canterbury meet, winning by 23 1/2 lengths in a dirt mile $6,250 claiming race. Her turf debut at $7500 immediately following however, was less impressive. She was 4th, beaten by 3 1/2 at 7 1/2 furlongs.

Visual Blessing (Bolinger/Martin) – Stretching out a bit after narrowly missing in two allowance dashes, she also switches to the turf for only the 4th time having never hit the board prior. She’ll look to be coming hard late.


Sixtysix Margaux (Chambers/Stevens) – Sharp winner last out in a $10,000 claiming sprint on the dirt. Never been 7 1/2 but the added distance shouldn’t faze her much. Has hit the board in 2 of 3 turf tries, but it’s been a while. Main worry? She has some early speed.

Terice (Kirby/Goodwin) – Minn bred has stuck to dirt sprinting recently but has a pair of 4ths last year over the Canterbury turf at 7 1/2 and a mile and a 1/16.

Sera’s Tunnel (Asmussen/Bell) – D Bell on the turf has been deadly this season – he has been a turf whiz. Narrowly missed catching another Clay Brinson horse, Lookinatmindy, last out at this level. Rugged mare has hit the board in 23 of 36 turf starts and looks to be in a good spot here.

Perfect Fashion (Donlin/Eikleberry) – Missed by a neck two starts back at this level and distance. Dropped down a notch last out but was bothered at the start and never got involved.

This is a very interesting race. The sprinters trying to stretch out from 6 furlongs could flash some early speed that will bother our girl. Some of the horses that are coming in after closing in their last few victories have shown early speed in the past – which style will they show this time?

MUNDY on a lead will be dangerous and Juan knows this mare very well. Against this group we should have a fighting chance when the running starts through that turn for home and we’ll hope that those sharp works she has had were an indicator of good things to come.

I will see Group 2 in the paddock before the race. We are efforting a spot at the track for the evening, but the last few weeks have been very busy at the venues. I will post information tomorrow when I know if we have secured a spot.

After the two races this week over the weekend we’ll post the next month’s financials as well as the first vet bill that finally reached us.

Tour Tomorrow & MUNDY Thursday

Tomorrow will be our second backside tour.  There are a few more folks signed up this time so we may be separating into two groups with videographer extraordinaire, Shelly Benson, grabbing one and I shall take the unlucky rest of you!

Please meet at the stable entrance by 9:45 and we’ll get you all in and get started!  Wear comfortable shoes and expect plenty of walking.  We should be done in about an hour and a half to two hours.


MUNDY will be taking on nine on Thursday night.  The race is a $10,000 claiming race on the turf going 7.5 furlongs. At first glance it looks like she may have a shot to get the early lead, but more on that later in the week.  The race will be the 4th and Group 2 will have paddock access.


ASK EDDY came back from his race just fine, though a bit tired.  No one was going to beat those top 2, but I expected more out of him.  However he inherited the early lead by virtue of a small field and a great break and that’s just not where he wants to be.  We’ll be looking for a $5,000 claiming race next up in about a week and a half or two and hope that it fills…it has been really difficult getting those races to go.  We may move up to $6250 if we have to in order to race.

EDDY Good; MUNDY Treading Water

EDDY appears to have come back from his race just fine. It was a tough spot for our boy and, as I feared, he inherited the early lead and that’s not where he likes to fire from – he likes to chase, not being the target. Now we’ll look see how he is when he heads out to the track later this week and start thinking about his next race. The $5,000 open claiming races are not filling so we may have to go to $6,250 or even $7,500 to find him a race.

Here is another great video presentation by Michelle Benson of the evening:

MUNDY is working really well as you’ve seen. We entered her for Friday night going 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf ($7500 CL) but the race did not get used. It was not brought back as an extra for Saturday, so we’re looking to see if it gets brought back for Sunday or the following week while also looking at maybe a dirt race for her going 6 1/2 furlongs.

EDDY Video & Pics; No Races This Weekend; Tours Start Sunday

A lot to cover today!


Below is some video that Michelle Benson put together along with some still shots of EDDY going over to the track to gallop yesterday. Clay said our boy is feeling very good and we’re looking to enter him as soon as possible. We tried yesterday in an open $5000 claiming race but it only drew 3 entries so that didn’t go. We may be looking at a $6,250 or maybe even a $7,00 claiming race. Another possibility is to enter EDDY in a $7500 turf race but as an “Also Eligible” for the “Main Track Only”. This puts us in a position to get into the race should it be called off the turf and several horses scratch.


Though doing well, Clay wanted to give MUNDY another week or so before her next race. Her better efforts seemed to have been off of longer breaks and 2 weeks just didn’t seem to agree with her.


The backside tour dates have been set. Each tour will be limited to 75 people. We will split you up into 3 groups of 25 and we will check out the Administration building, the trainer’s stand/workouts and the pool before gathering outside of Clay’s barn where either EDDY or MUNDY will be led out and Clay will be available to answer questions. There is too much activity and too many people to get through the barn but Clay will have one of the groom’s bring out a horse so we can take some pictures.

We will meet at 9:45 at the backside gate. Jeff, Jilique and I will me you there and escort you in. The tour is a walking tour and the distance traveled and amount of standing will be considerable so please keep this in mind when rsvp-ing. I would anticipate the tours lasting about 90-minutes or so. The dates are:

THIS Sunday, July 28th and;
Sunday, August 11

We are also looking at one large group event one of the last weekends of the meet in the morning on the frontside leading into the raceday.

Email me at to rsvp. Should we “oversubscribe” one of the dates, we will use the time stamp on the email as the divider.







Photo credits: MICHELLE BENSON

April – June Financial Statement

CBY RC Running Financials Apr – June 13

If you click above you can access the spreadsheet with the financials for the first three months. Much of it is self explanatory, but here is a rundown from top to bottom, keeping in mind that we NOT seen the vet bills yet but I wanted to get this up once we got Clay’s June bill:

The top portion is income.

Initial Deposits – The money of all the members
Purse Money – Income from purses
Claim/purchase money – money we will receive from a claim or sale of a horse

The rest of the sheet are expenses – which is about the right proportion for this game sometimes.

Claiming – the claiming price of the horse
Training – the training portion of the bill or ‘day rate’
Farrier – getting the horse’s feet trimmed and shod
Vet Bills – veterinary care
Jockey Fees – the amount of money received by the jockey for a non-winning mount. In this is case Juan Rivera received $115
Management Fees – $200 a month to the club management company
Trainer Purse % – trainer receives 10% of a horse that comes in 1st 2nd or 3rd. This month, with EDDY’s win and MUNDY’s 3rd, Clay received $771
Jockey Purse % – jockey receives 10% of a winning ride. This is in lieu of a regular jockey fee, not in conjunction with one. In this case, Alex received $540
Management % – the management company receives 5% of any 1st, 2nd or 3rd purse money. In this month, the 1st & 3rd place finishes netted the company $385
Transportation – $300 for transporting EDDY from Chicago to here
Pony to Post – for each race, each starter receives a pony to accompany them to the post. The fee for this is $25 per race.
Licensing – The group, Canterbury Racing Club 2013, needs to be licensed with the Minnesota Racing Commission
Equine Retirement – $2 per start is set aside for equine retirement groups. AT the end of the season, Canterbury Park matches the money collected and it is split among several area groups that help ex-race horses transition to retirement
Groom Bonus – A $50 bonus to the groom of the winning horse.

Running Total – a running total of the amount of group funds
Monthly Total – the total of money won/(lost) for the month

MUNDY Scoped; EDDY Gearing Up

MUNDY came back from her race okay but when Juan got off her he mentioned that she coughed a bit on the way back to be unsaddled and seemed to just not have been into the race at all – that he really had to get after her to get her to run.

Clay was a concerned so he had her throat scoped to make sure that she had not bled or had some other issue to during the race. It turns out that one of the flaps in her throat had stuck shut so she was only getting half the air that she should have normally been getting. Sometimes this happens in horses when they get worked up though not every time. The news is that this condition, while permanent, is not necessarily something that will happen every time – or every other time even. There is not much you can do except run her in a figure eight bridle and utilize a tongue tie, which is what we’ve been doing.

A couple of thoughts on her next race: possibly try her at 6.5 on the dirt. Her last workout on the dirt got us thinking that maybe she might do well over the main surface. Her couple of most recent tries were awful, but they were also in stakes races.

We also could drop her to $7500 over the turf and see if she can catch a field where she can go to the lead and settle, something that she can’t do against the caliber of horse she’s been running against. We’d run the risk of her getting claimed but the point isn’t to protect your horse, the point is to try and win races and earn money.

EDDY has been exercising just fine and could run again the weekend of July 27th in an open $5,000 claiming race, a small notch above his last race. He seems to be doing well and we want to make sure that we keep bringing him along steadily.

We also could be looking at that weekend for our first backside tour. Details to follow.