Close On A Winning Note!

Under the rail at the wire.  Photo courtesy FOUR FOOTED FOTOS

Under the rail at the wire. Photo courtesy FOUR FOOTED FOTOS

Congratulations, 2015 Clubbers!

What a great way to end the season. TENS WILD wins going away under very confident handling by Julio Felix. He stalked the longshot through the first turn and down the backside just on his outside flank. When the leader began to tire, Julio let him go and TENS drew off to win by 6 over the muddy track.

Tens was also claimed out of the race for $8,000 by trainer John Haran. It worked out well for the Club. We did have a deal in place to sell Tens for $5,000 after the race but this worked out better for as we got $8,000 for him. He leaves us in good form and sound.

Much thanks to Clay, Juan, our grooms, exercise riders and jockeys for another great year! While we won’t break even, we’re going to be close again! Hopefully we’ll be closed out by 1/15 and let you all know what the roll over for the 2016 Club is going to be.

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Race Preview: 2015 Finale

As the snow winds down outside so does our 2015 racing season for the Racing Club. TENS WILD will take on five challengers Wednesday afternoon at Hawthorne in the 3rd race (about 1:50pm CT). The weather is calling for some snow showers but shouldn’t be enough to derail racing.

Here is a look at the field:

1 Regimented (Williamson/Bielby) – His off the turf efforts haven’t been terrific. He’s sliding a bit in class and will need a lot going on up front as a deep closer.

2 Four Left Feet (Young/Perez) – Finished ahead of TENS two starts back coming from a bit off the pace. In his last race he showed a new – well dormant – dimension, taking to the front but couldn’t hold on late. This kind of flexibility is certainly helpful.

3 Weekend Special (Haran/Montalvo) – A front runner that should add some pace to this small field. Climbing up from $5000 without winning, this guy may be at a class disadvantage.

4 Archybdancing (Aguilar/Emigh) – Another that has shown flexibility with his running style. Dropping in from state bred allowance races, his last win was up against $5000 claimers at Arlington.

5 TENS WILD (BRINSON/FELIX)

6 Bahnke (Haran/Santiago) – Second Haran trainee in the race which probably helped get this race to go. Been running against state bred company in Indiana and run respectably at times including a win in a $15,000 nw3.

There are 4 IL breds and 2 IN breds, making this nearly a defacto state bred race (without the extra money – no state bred money available under $10,000 claiming). With the uncertainty of which running style is going to be adopted by a third of the field, it’s hard to get a feel for the shape of this race. That said, TENS is coming into the race off a bullet workout and should be able to settle nicely behind whomever heads to the lead. Heck, he even seized the lead in a paceless race here at Hawthorne in our 2nd start here this year and managed to win handily. He’s ready, dropping in class and isn’t facing a formidable field so while I feel pretty good going into it, the race could get sneaky with Bahnke (5 of 7 races in the exacta at Hawthorne) on the outside of TENS, seeing what Archybdancing’s real class level is on his inside and just how good is Four Left Feet.

Good luck everyone and thanks for a great year!

Last Start on Wednesday

TENS WILD will make his last start for this year’s Canterbury Racing Club on Wednesday afternoon at Hawthorne Race Course. The race is the 3rd, an $8,000 claiming affair going a mile and a sixteenth with Julio Felix aboard. He’ll break from post position five in a short six horse field. Post time will be approximately 1:50 PM.

TENS is listed as the 9/5 favorite and a cursory look at the PPs confirms that should be the case – if you can draw a line through his last race.

If he is not claimed, we have a buyer lined up to make the purchase from us on the 31st so we will be horseless by 1/1 as mandated by our charter.

A preview will be up in the next day or two.

GOOD LUCK ALL!

Last Race Plans

As we head toward the and of the year and the mandatory disbanding of the Club we have one more race to run and we want to get a win!

Tentatively – because by now we all know all the things that can happen – we are looking at Tens Wild’s last start for the 2016 Club to be on December 30 in an $8,000 claiming race at Hawthorne going a mile and a sixteenth. We want to drop him enough that we can really push for a win but not far enough that we’re racing at the bottom and giving him away either.

Should he not get claimed, we do have a back-up plan provided he comes out of the race okay. We have a group that will buy him and race him elsewhere. We won’t get market value but I think we’ll receive enough value out of him that we won’t feel like we’re giving him away either. And if he gets claimed out of the race? More the better as we’ll make a bit more money on him. Either way we will be horseless by the end of the year as mandated by our charter.

I’m still waiting on bills for November and we’ll get the financials. While we won’t break even, a win and a claim gets us close again, but let’s not jump the gun and get to race day first.

TENS WILD Race Preview

TENS WILD is in the 4th race at Hawthorne Race Course tomorrow (Saturday) with an anticipated post time of 3:40 CT. He drew the rail and a new rider, leading Hawthorne rider Chris Emigh. He’s the second choice in the morning line (7/2) behind stable mate Indy Awesome. The race is a $12,500 claiming race over the main track going a mile and 16th.

Here is a look at the field:

TENS WILD (BRINSON/EMIGH)

Revelation Bowl (Cristel/Sanjur) – Taking a big step up off the claim. He’s had two shots above the $5000 level and was smoked in both. Doesn’t look like he’ll contribute to any pace up front.

Indy Awesome (Brinson/Felix) – Class of the field, the 5-year old son of AP Indy out of an Awesome Again mare was 2nd in the Manitoba Mile two back and looks the part of a stakes placed horse as evidenced by $350,000 price tag. After time off, he basically loped around the track in his return at Hawthorne vs much higher. Definitely the one to beat.

My Pal Paul (Jeffery/Roman) – Was very competitive early in TENS last race but faded. Adds blinkers for this race which tends to serve two purposes: 1) get a horse more involved early or 2) keep him from giving up when horses try and pass him late (if he doesn’t see them, maybe he won’t fade?). Given that he tends to break relatively well, it could be the latter and it could keep him closer late.

Chatito (Rodriguez/Baird) – Big jump in claiming price for another in here, also moving up from $5000. This guy is also stretching out from sprints. His turf efforts weren’t great but on the artificial at Arlington he beat a group of $25,000 claimers. Solo dirt effort was solid but against a lot lower.

Four Left Feet (Young/Perez) – This guys is sliding down the class ladder but has won at this level and distance at Arlington. Last try was unimpressive but also was only 6 1/2 furlongs and was steadily closing. This unfortunately named gelding could be dangerous late.

Common Sense (Spagnola/Santiago) – A winner last out in a conditioned $5000 claimer, this guy will have to improve to win.

Ballyjamesduff (Haran/Hennesy) – Vanquisher of TENS last out, there does not appear to be the pace in here that there was in that race. He also shifts to the outside which doesn’t help his chances either. Solid competitor.

Should Indy Awesome run in this spot (the class drop seems too precipitous), he is the one to beat. His last win was at this distance in a $25,000 spot over this racetrack. He had a tough couple of goes at Canterbury before placing in the Manitoba Mile at Assiniboia. After three months off he came back in a $30,000 optional claiming producing a lackadaisical effort. Blowing past $25,000 and $15,000 to settle here at $12,500, if he’s okay and goes, he’ll be tough stalking the pace.

The speed up front is limited with Chatito looking to be the only speed. It’s easy to see TENS settling in behind him and prompting the pace if Baird tries to slow it down too much. We should get first run at the leader, but Indy Awesome will have first run at us. Can TENS handle the anticipated pressure through the lane? That may be the determining factor in the result of the race.

Good luck!

TENS Second

TENS WILD was in a position to win late in the race but was overcome late by Ballyjamesduff. The extra distance seemed to suit the winner just fine. Though, to be fair, TENS was well clear of the third place horse so I don’t think we were out of our element at a mile and a sixteenth, but the winner got the trip he needed.

While I didn’t think that the pace was blistering up front, it certainly was solid with the leaders going :24.04 for the quarter and just a shade under :48 for the half. We got first jump on the top flight but Ballyjamesduff had too much rally in him and we had to settle for second.

I did think that he looked a little uncomfortable down the backside – moving up and sliding back, moving up and sliding back – which may have taken something out of him, but kudos to the winner, he beat us fair and square by a solid 2 1/4.

We’ll rest up and come right back at them again – probably at a lower level. I really thought we were gone here so now we’ll have to take less than fair value for him but could be that folks knew that as well and are just waiting for the plunge. Hopefully we can make up for that with another win.

TENS WILD Race Preview

Tomorrow afternoon TENS WILD heads to the post in the 3rd race at Hawthorne Race Course. The race is a $12,500 claiming race going a mile and a sixteenth over the main track. Jockey Denny Velazquez, who guided TENS to his last victory, has already left Chicago to set up shop in Louisiana for the Fair Grounds meet so Julio Franco takes the reins. We drew post position 6 in the six horse field and have been crowned the 2-1 morning line favorite.

MARTY WHO (M Perez/E Perez) – He was a good second to TENS in their last race. He kept trying to come at him but TENS would not let him by and eventually drew off a bit.

DANDYMAN (Manly/Mello) – This is not the same horse that rang up four wins and $53,000 in earnings in 2014. He’s starting to drop through the ranks and this may not be his last stop down the ladder.

PART’N PARCEL (Dorris/Bielby) – This fella was sharp coming back north to Hawthorne, scoring by a nose in an $8000 claimer last out.

BALLYJAMESDUFF (Haran/Hennesy) – He had some trouble last out but TENS still beat him by 4 1/4. He’ll probably need a blistering pace up front to get there and I’m not sure that it’s here.

MY PAL PAUL (Lynn/Roman) – It’s hard to argue with the trip he got last time out under Sanchez but switches down to a jock having a tough meet. Hard to see him stepping up here.

TENS WILD (BRINSON/FRANCO)

Any speed in here looks to be on the inside. As we know, TENS tends to break well and I can see us settling in third or fourth behind the front runners early. In fact, I’d be looking for a carbon copy of his last race while perhaps being a little further back early. There are never any guarantees and on any given day…but I like us in here.

While I don’t think it is a certainty that we’ll get claimed, I think the odds are better than 50/50 in here so prepare yourself that this may just be our last race of the season.

Good luck!