Gracias Says Hasta la Vista

Gracias left no doubt as to who the best runner was in the Canterbury Filly & Mare Claiming Series running her competition off their feet during a dominant five and one half-length victory on Thursday night. Wilson Dieguez was aboard for winning trainer Miguel Silva and owner Ruben Martinez.

Gracias broke sharply and immediately assumed early command over the favorite Boneafide Cat. From there, Dieguez simply rationed her speed going the opening quarter mile in 22.21 and the half in 45.64 before finishing the five and one half furlongs in 1:05.00.

 

The win most likely locked up the Claiming Series leading trainer title for Miguel Silva. Through the Filly and Mare Championship, Silva has 47 points, 17 more than his next closest competitor.

Rasin a Delight finished second under Scott Stevens at 18-1, Mighty Tizzy ran third, Havasu finished fourth and the wagering favorite Boneafide Cat was last.

The $25,000 Final for Colts and Geldings will be contested on Thursday, August 9. The Championship will be run at a distance of 5 and 1/2 furlongs and is only open to those that ran in two of the three qualifying events for Colts and Geldings.

For more information on the Canterbury Claiming Series, and for complete standings, check out the Canterbury Park webpage.

The 2012 Canterbury Claiming Series is sponsored by Continental Diamond.

This blog was written by Canterbury Park’s Live Racing and Digital Media Coordinator Andrew Offerman. Offerman has served in this role since returning to Minnesota in 2010 after earning his Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.

Boneafide Cat Does it Again

Boneafide Cat stamped herself as the most likely favorite for the Claiming Series Championship winning her second qualifying race in Thursday night’s opener at Canterbury Park. Adolfo Morales was aboard for the victory for Larry Donlin and owners Metzen, Kaplan & Strangis.

The victory marked Boneafide Cat’s third consecutive victory at Canterbury Park this meet. She was claimed out of the race by trainer Troy Bethke for new owner West Stables LLC in a three-way shake. The victory vaulted her into a tie for the leading point earner throughout the qualifying races with 16 points. Here is a list of the top eight point earners through the qualifying races:

Boneafide Cat – 16 Points
Rasin a Delight – 16 Points
Gracias – 14 Points
Mighty Tizzy – 12 Points
Havasu -11 Points
Polite and Cozy – 7 Points
Lovely Tak – 7 Points
Dakota Song – 4 Points

 

The $25,000 Final will be contested on Thursday, August 2. At this point, Boneafide Cat (winner of the first and third qualifying races) and Gracias (winner of the second qualifying races) appear to be the most likely favorites. The Championship will be run at a distance of 5 and 1/2 furlongs and is only open to those that ran in two of the three qualifying events.

For more information on the Canterbury Claiming Series, and for complete standings, check out the Canterbury Park webpage.

The 2012 Canterbury Claiming Series is sponsored by Continental Diamond.

This blog was written by Canterbury Park’s Live Racing and Digital Media Coordinator Andrew Offerman. Offerman has served in this role since returning to Minnesota in 2010 after earning his Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.

Boneafide Cat Does it Again

Boneafide Cat stamped herself as the most likely favorite for the Claiming Series Championship winning her second qualifying race in Thursday night’s opener at Canterbury Park. Adolfo Morales was aboard for the victory for Larry Donlin and owners Metzen, Kaplan & Strangis.

The victory marked Boneafide Cat’s third consecutive victory at Canterbury Park this meet. She was claimed out of the race by trainer Troy Bethke for new owner West Stables LLC in a three-way shake. The victory vaulted her into a tie for the leading point earner throughout the qualifying races with 16 points. Here is a list of the top eight point earners through the qualifying races:

Boneafide Cat – 16 Points
Rasin a Delight – 16 Points
Gracias – 14 Points
Mighty Tizzy – 12 Points
Havasu -11 Points
Polite and Cozy – 7 Points
Lovely Tak – 7 Points
Dakota Song – 4 Points

 

The $25,000 Final will be contested on Thursday, August 2. At this point, Boneafide Cat (winner of the first and third qualifying races) and Gracias (winner of the second qualifying races) appear to be the most likely favorites. The Championship will be run at a distance of 5 and 1/2 furlongs and is only open to those that ran in two of the three qualifying events.

For more information on the Canterbury Claiming Series, and for complete standings, check out the Canterbury Park webpage.

The 2012 Canterbury Claiming Series is sponsored by Continental Diamond.

This blog was written by Canterbury Park’s Live Racing and Digital Media Coordinator Andrew Offerman. Offerman has served in this role since returning to Minnesota in 2010 after earning his Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.

Gracias Takes Commanding Lead

Canterbury’s 2012 Claiming Series continued last night with the second of three qualifying races for fillies and mares (the final qualifying race is scheduled for July 12). Gracias appeared tough to beat once Boneafide Cat, the early point leader, scratched. On the track, she proved difficult indeed as she drew off to an easy victory.

Through the second race for fillies and mares, here’s a breakdown of the leading female point earners in the 2012 Claiming Series:

Gracias – 15 Points
Rasin a Delight – 12 Points
Boneafide Cat – 8 Points
Polite and Cozy – 7 Points
Havasu – 5 Points
Mighty Tizzy – 5 Points
Dakota Song – 4 Points
Dulce Gata – 4 Point s

The top 12 point earners will qualify for a $25,000 Championship Race which will be held for Fillies and Mares on August 2.

The claim box heated up slightly over one prospect, Mighty Tizzy, as a five-way shake took place. Bernell Rhone ended up winning the claim for new owner Anthony Hanson.

The colts and geldings get their second turn at a qualifying race next Thursday night.

For more information on the Canterbury Claiming Series and for full standings, please visit www.canterburypark.com.

The 2012 Canterbury Claiming Series is sponsored by Continental Diamond.

This blog was written by Canterbury Park’s Live Racing and Digital Media Coordinator Andrew Offerman. Offerman has served in this role since returning to Minnesota in 2010 after earning his Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.

Boneafide Cat the Early Leader

Canterbury’s 2012 Claiming Series got underway last night with the first of three qualifying races for fillies and mares (the next two are scheduled for June 28 and July 12). Boneafide Cat looked tough on paper and proved tough on the racetrack running away to a three-length victory under Adolfo Morales for trainer Clay Brinson (Brinson is off to an impressive start winning 7 races from 10 starts).

Through the first race for fillies and mares, here’s a breakdown of the leading female point earners in the 2012 Claiming Series:

Boneafide Cat – 8 Points
Gracias – 7 Points
Rasin a Delight – 6 Points
Havasu – 5 Points
Dakota Song – 4 Points
Samba’s Run – 3 Points
Lovely Tak – 2 Points
Dangerous Peg – 1 Point

The top 12 point earners will qualify for a $25,000 Championship Race which will be held for Fillies and Mares on August 2.

Surprisingly, there were only three claims dropped in the race (2 for Boneafide Cat and 1 for Lovely Tak). It was expected that there would be a lot more claiming activity given the fact that these runners will have a chance to run for big money come August. However, this series is new to Canterbury Park in 2012 and it may be that some trainers and owners are still trying to figure out the process.

Boneafide Cat was claimed for $3,500 by trainer Larry Donlin for Metzen, Kaplan & Strangis.

Lovely Tak was claimed for $3,500 by trainer Clay Brinson for the Canterbury Racing Club.

The colts and geldings get their first turn at a qualifying race next Thursday night.

Look for many of these fillies and mares to run back two weeks from yesterday on Thursday, June 28 as they will continue to try to earn points to qualify for the August 2 Championship.

For more information on the Canterbury Claiming Series, please visit www.canterburypark.com.

The 2012 Canterbury Claiming Series is sponsored by Continental Diamond.

This blog was written by Canterbury Park’s Live Racing and Digital Media Coordinator Andrew Offerman. Offerman has served in this role since returning to Minnesota in 2010 after earning his Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.