Patriate Claims the Crown

Bob Johnson left no doubt about his thoughts on the Claiming Series Thursday night as he considered it in the paddock minutes before post time for the championship race.

“I like this,” he said. “I like it a lot. I hope they have a lot more of them.”

Rival trainer Mike Biehler could understand the sentiment perfectly, as it applied to Johnson.

“Yeah, and he’ll probably like it a whole lot more in a few minutes,” Biehler said.

Johnson appeared to suppress a wry grin as he gave Patricia Trimble a leg up on Patriate, who already had three gate-to-wire wins this summer and had won two of three qualifying races for the championship, beating every one of his Thursday night rivals in the process.

He had good reason to like the series, and, just as Biehler forecast, hadn’t changed his mind in the least a few minutes later after the seven-year-old gelding went gate to wire once more, finishing 2 ½ lengths in front of Brokenandbusted, who had a neck on French Moon.

Patriate claimed the winner’s share of the $25,000 championship purse, a very significant reason for liking this concept since Johnson not only trains the winner but owns him also. Thus he didn’t have to share the $15,000 winner’s check with someone doling out day money.

 

Brokeandbusted, owned by Tom and Karen Metzen and Gary McCloud and trained by Biehler collected a check for $5,000 and a $3,000 check went to French Moon, trained by Valorie Lund and owned by Zephyr Stable.

Winning time for the race was 1:05 and 4/5, after a :46 and 2/5 half mile and :22 and 2/5 for the quarter mile.

“I love this old guy,” Trimble said afterward. “He earned all his money the hard way.”

Previously, Patriate had earned $81,849 with a record of 14-14-4 from 52 career starts.

Pressbox manager Jeff Maday and assistant Andrew Offerman devised the rules for the series (there was one for fillies and mares that concluded last week) last winter after being inspired by a similar concept at Portland Meadows.

With only six horses lined up for the championship race Thursday, the idea did not match their expectations.

The biggest reason, both agreed, was probably lack of education, a point embraced by Biehler, who said he did not understand the entire concept early on.

Track president/CEO Randy Sampson also pointed out that the idea was formulated before the addition of supplements from the Mystic Lake agreement that enhanced purses significantly.

Still, Offerman, for one, was not totally discouraged. “This is the type of racetrack where this kind of thing has a chance to be very successful,” he said. “We’re a little disappointed in the number of horses participating this year, but it has an opportunity to grow. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get people interested in owning a horse.”

The idea, of course, is that someone can claim a horse for $3,500 and within four to five weeks have the opportunity to run for $25,000 or more.

Bob Johnson might be a good one with whom to discuss that very possibility.

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 Staff Writer Jim Wells. Wells was a longtime sportswriter at the Pioneer Press and is a member of the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame.

Photo Credit: Coady Photography

Qualifying Races Conclude

The Qualifying Races for the Canterbury Claiming Series concluded on Thursday night with the final qualifying race for Colts and Geldings. The Finals for both divisions are coming up on August 2 (Fillies and Mares) and August 9 (Colts and Geldings).

The final qualifying race for Colts and Geldings featured some new faces, some that won’t be eligible for the final due to the fact that they only ran in one qualifying race. In fact, this race was won by Sugar Storm (pictured above) who was dropping out of more difficult company and was claimed in a 5-way shake for $3,500 by Gerald Erfle. Additionally, Patriate – the winner of the first two qualifying races – was scratched on the track prior to the start of the race.

Those qualifying for the $25,000 Filly and Mare final on August 2 are:

Boneafide Cat – 16 Points
Rasin a Delight – 16 Points
Gracias – 15 Points
Mighty Tizzy – 12 Points
Havasu – 11 Points
Lovely Tak – 7 Points

Those qualifying for the $25,000 Colt and Gelding final on August 9 are:

Patriate – 16 Points
French Moon – 14 Points
Flaiming Glory – 14 Points
Timetobook – 10 Points
Vinny V. – 9 Points
Brokeandbusted – 8 Points
Mack’s Monarch – 6 Points
Forest Sunrise – 1 Point

Here’s the replay from last night’s race:

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.

Patriate Does it Again!

The Colt & Gelding Division of Canterbury’s 2012 Claiming Series continued last night with the second of three qualifying races. Patriate and jockey Patricia Trimble didn’t figure to get as easy of a lead this time around but it turns out they had little trouble jumping on the field and putting them away taking them gate to wire.

Through the second race for colts and geldings, here’s a breakdown of the leading male point earners in the 2012 Claiming Series:

Patriate – 16 Points
French Moon – 14 Points
Flaming Glory – 9 Points
Vinny V.- 9 Points
Timetobook – 6 Points
Brokeandbusted – 5 Points
Forener – 4 Points
Local Big Shot – 3 Point

The top 12 point earners will qualify for a $25,000 Championship Race which will be held for Colts and Geldings on August 9.

Two claims were dropped on post time favorite Brokeandbusted. Mike Biehler ended up winning the shake for Tom & Karen Metzen and Gary McCloud. They have now claimed both Brokeandbusted and Boneafide Cat out of claiming series races.

Fillies and Mares get their final chance to earn points next Thursday. Entries will be taken tomorrow.

Look for many of these colts and geldings to run back two weeks from yesterday on Thursday, July 19 as they will continue to try to earn points to qualify for the August 9 Championship.

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.

Patriate Does it Again!

The Colt & Gelding Division of Canterbury’s 2012 Claiming Series continued last night with the second of three qualifying races. Patriate and jockey Patricia Trimble didn’t figure to get as easy of a lead this time around but it turns out they had little trouble jumping on the field and putting them away taking them gate to wire.

Through the second race for colts and geldings, here’s a breakdown of the leading male point earners in the 2012 Claiming Series:

Patriate – 16 Points
French Moon – 14 Points
Flaming Glory – 9 Points
Vinny V.- 9 Points
Timetobook – 6 Points
Brokeandbusted – 5 Points
Forener – 4 Points
Local Big Shot – 3 Point

The top 12 point earners will qualify for a $25,000 Championship Race which will be held for Colts and Geldings on August 9.

Two claims were dropped on post time favorite Brokeandbusted. Mike Biehler ended up winning the shake for Tom & Karen Metzen and Gary McCloud. They have now claimed both Brokeandbusted and Boneafide Cat out of claiming series races.

Fillies and Mares get their final chance to earn points next Thursday. Entries will be taken tomorrow.

Look for many of these colts and geldings to run back two weeks from yesterday on Thursday, July 19 as they will continue to try to earn points to qualify for the August 9 Championship.

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.

Patriate Gains Command

The Colt & Gelding Division of Canterbury’s 2012 Claiming Series got underway last night with the first of three qualifying races (the next two are scheduled for July 5 and July 19). Patriate and jockey Patricia Trimble snuck away on a lonely lead and were just able to hold on over a hard charging French Moon who had to settle for second.

Through the first race for colts and geldings, here’s a breakdown of the leading male point earners in the 2012 Claiming Series:

Patriate- 8 Points
French Moon – 7 Points
Flaming Glory – 6 Points
Vinny V.- 5 Points
Forener – 4 Points
Local Big Shot – 3 Points
Perfect Saturday- 2 Points
Afleet Indy- 1 Point

The top 12 point earners will qualify for a $25,000 Championship Race which will be held for Colts and Geldings on August 9.

There was only one claim dropped in the race and that was on the only Minnesota-bred to race in the series thus far, Local Big Shot. P.C. Fauchald made the claim for Jeanette Fauchald. Obviously they must fancy the watch (provided by Continental Diamond) valued at $2,500 that goes to the owner of the leading Minnesota-bred at the end of the series.

Fillies and Mares get their second chance to earn points next Thursday. Entries will be taken tomorrow.

Look for many of these colts and geldings to run back two weeks from yesterday on Thursday, July 5 as they will continue to try to earn points to qualify for the August 9 Championship.

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.

Patriate Gains Command

The Colt & Gelding Division of Canterbury’s 2012 Claiming Series got underway last night with the first of three qualifying races (the next two are scheduled for July 5 and July 19). Patriate and jockey Patricia Trimble snuck away on a lonely lead and were just able to hold on over a hard charging French Moon who had to settle for second.

Through the first race for colts and geldings, here’s a breakdown of the leading male point earners in the 2012 Claiming Series:

Patriate- 8 Points
French Moon – 7 Points
Flaming Glory – 6 Points
Vinny V.- 5 Points
Forener – 4 Points
Local Big Shot – 3 Points
Perfect Saturday- 2 Points
Afleet Indy- 1 Point

The top 12 point earners will qualify for a $25,000 Championship Race which will be held for Colts and Geldings on August 9.

There was only one claim dropped in the race and that was on the only Minnesota-bred to race in the series thus far, Local Big Shot. P.C. Fauchald made the claim for Jeanette Fauchald. Obviously they must fancy the watch (provided by Continental Diamond) valued at $2,500 that goes to the owner of the leading Minnesota-bred at the end of the series.

Fillies and Mares get their second chance to earn points next Thursday. Entries will be taken tomorrow.

Look for many of these colts and geldings to run back two weeks from yesterday on Thursday, July 5 as they will continue to try to earn points to qualify for the August 9 Championship.

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.