Warren Bush – Winning in Minnesota

By Katie Merritt

Owner Warren Bush grew up in Lake Park, Iowa, only two and a half miles from the Minnesota border. He is a successful attorney, but has also been very involved in the Iowa HBPA (Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association), having served as vice president and currently is a  popular candidate for the presidency.

Bush has been a fan of racing ever since a friend took him to the races at Aksarben Racetrack in Nebraska many years ago. “Ownership was always sort of a bucket-list thing, just to buy a racehorse,” he explained, “and now I own 17 thoroughbreds!” Of those, three of them are mares that Bush takes to Kentucky to breed. He initially brought them home to foal in Iowa, but because of the purse enhancements at Canterbury due to the SMSC agreement, he began foaling them out in Minnesota as well. “I wanted to spread my risk a little bit. It made a lot of sense to me to foal in Minnesota, too,” he reasoned.

For Bush, racing is a family affair, and almost all of his horses are named after family members. “My good broodmare, the dam of Hot Shot Kid, is Our Sweet Mary B. She’s named after my first granddaughter Mary Bush.” He said with a smile. Hot Shot Kid, a 3-year-old Majestic Warrior colt, is Bush’s first Minnesota – bred, who won a Maiden Special Weight at Oaklawn before dominating an allowance at Canterbury last weekend. Hot Shot Kid is trained by Mac Robertson.

Bush enjoys being an owner and getting to watch his horses run and win, but there are other facets of ownership that he enjoys as well, “I would say the people we’ve met is my favorite part,” Bush said, “We’ve met a lot of great people.”

Cecily Evans – A Fresh Face In The Jockey Colony

Cecily Evans is riding at Canterbury Park for the first time.  The young jockey has traveled from coast to coast, winning 798 races in her career.

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video by Michelle Blasko from Canterbury’s Digital Media Department.

Odds and Ends from the Weekend plus more to come….

Hold for More and jockey Orlando Mojica in 10,000 Lakes post parade.

Hold for More was victorious in this weekend’s running of the $50,000 10,000 Lakes Stake. He rated for the early parts of the race behind the three pacesetters, Cupid’s Delight, Bourbon County and Smooth Chiraz, before swinging four wide at the top of the stretch to overtake them all and win by a convincing 2 ½ lengths under jockey Orlando Mojica. The money earned by Hold for More catapulted him into second position behind reigning leader Crocrock for the title of All-Time Leading Money Earner at Canterbury Park. Hold for More is currently $16,502 behind Crocrock. Though Mojica is currently ranked third in the jockey standings by wins, he is second by money earned with $163,672, behind leading rider Alex Canchari’s $218,965. Hold for More paid $11.80 to win.

The $50,000 Lady Slipper was won by wagering favorite Honey’s Sox Appeal. The 4-year-old filly is trained by Mac Robertson and ridden by leading rider Alex Canchari. Mac Robertson has now won the race four times. Thunder and Honey, the older half-sister to Honey’s Sox Appeal, was third in the Lady Slipper. They are both out of the broodmare A J’s Honey.

There were three impressive Minnesota-bred three-year-old winners over the weekend, and all will likely be pointed toward the Minnesota Derby. Hot Shot Kid, owned by Warren Bush, trained by Mac Robertson and ridden by Alex Canchari, won the second race on Friday night by ¾ of a length as the heavy wagering favorite. This allowance victory comes just after a Maiden Special Weight win at Oaklawn Park. Mines Made Up won the 6th race, a Maiden Special Weight, on Friday night by an easy 6 ½ lengths, much the best in the 10-horse field. The 3-year-old bay gelding is owned by Lothenbach Stable, trained by Joel Berndt and ridden by Denny Velazquez. Grand Marais, also ridden by Denny Velazquez, easily won the last race of the card on Saturday, also a Maiden Special Weight, by a widening 6 ¾ lengths. The 3-year-old chestnut colt is owned and trained by Gary Scherer. The Derby, which will be run on July 29, is already looking like it could shape up to be a very exciting and competitive race.

Jockey Nik Goodwin is another win closer to the 1,000 win milestone, after winning the 5th race on Paschal for trainer Dan McFarlane on Saturday afternoon. He now has 997 wins and rides in the 2nd, 4th and 6th races on this Friday night’s card.

There will be four days of live racing for the first time this meet over Memorial Day Weekend. Post time for the first race on Friday will be 6:30 PM, Saturday at 12:45 PM, Sunday at 12:45 PM and Monday (Memorial Day) at 12:45 PM. Monday will not only feature live horse racing at Canterbury Park, but also the Annual Running of the Bulldogs. There will be 48 bulldogs running in five races that will take place in between the live horse races.

Quarter Horse racing at Canterbury Park begins on Saturday, May 27 with the 400-yard Gopher State Derby Trials for three-year-olds.

 

by Katie Merritt

Katie Merritt is a senior at the University of Kentucky and currently an intern in the Canterbury Park Press Box. Before returning to school she galloped at several tracks around the country, but spent the majority of her time working for Carl Nafzger and Ian Wilkes.

HONEY’S SOX APPEAL, HOLD FOR MORE WET WINNERS

Hold for More wins 10,000 Lakes Stakes

By JIM WELLS

Puddles appeared in the infield, in various places throughout the grounds and around just about any crevice, indentation or hole of any kind. Pathways normally associated with solid footing were flooded in low spots and impassable without an individual’s acquiescence to soggy footwear.

The lines typically seen at concession stands on Preakness Stakes day were smaller. Still, there were individuals among the press-box crowd who wondered if a queue might begin forming outside an imaginary ark they expected to arrive and begin taking passengers at any moment. It rained steadily for much of the afternoon.

Trainers shook their heads in exasperation. “It’s been raining for four days,’’ said the track’s defending conditioning champion Mac Robertson. “I feel bad for the Sampsons. And the track’s not real good right now.’’

But it was good at the right time for Robertson, whose horses ran first and third in the second stakes race on the card, the $50,000 Lady Slipper Stakes.

“I ran first, second and third,’’ he said. “I just don’t have the second place horse any more.’’ That would be Rockin The Bleu’s, now conditioned by Mike Biehler.

Just the same, Honey’s Sox Appeal, under Alex Canchari ran first, by 2 ¼ lengths and Thunder and Honey was there for show money, 2 ½ lengths behind Rockin the Bleu’s. The winning time was 1:11.91.

“First and third. Sisters,’’ said owner Bob Lindgren, referring to the dam they share, A J’s Honey.

Alex Canchari was aboard the winner out finishing  Rockin The Bleu’s, whose owner Jeff Hilger was full of hope minutes before the race. “We’re going to drain the swamp,’’ he said enthusiastically.

A well-timed line delivered in the relative safety of the grandstand where water pails had been set up in various stair wells and rooms, and some employees wondered if there was another building with more leaks other than the White House.

All in all, the turnout, 6,216, wasn’t that bad on a day designed for the fireside and a novel as opposed to outdoor activity of any kind.

The Lady Slipper has been run on sloppy tracks in the past, although nothing approaching Saturday’s bog-like conditions. That’s saying something, since the first time this race was run was 1985, the first year of pari-mutuel racing in Minnesota.  Trainer Chuck Taliaferro won the first two Lady Slippers, with Bold Polly taking the inaugural running.

The race belonged to Honey’s Sox Appeal at the top of the lane where she moved to a one-length lead, expanding on it as she lengthened her stride during the stretch run.

Honey’s Sox Appeal cruises in Lady Slipper

 

The first stakes race on Saturday’s card, the 10,000 Lakes, has a long and storied history as well.  Trainer Percy Scherbenske saddled a horse named Quiet I’m Thinking for Chet and Gerry Herringer in the first running, in 1991.

Rake Farms’ Bourbon County attempted to win this race for the third straight time.  He won the previous two runnings out of Bernell Rhone’s barn and made his third attempt under the hand of Robertson.

The race matched long-time rivals. Bourbon County defeated Hold For More, last year’s horse of the meet, by 1 ¾ lengths in the 10,000 Lakes last summer, his only victory of 2016. Hold for More defeated Bourbon County and Smooth Chiraz last year in the Crocrock Minnesota Sprint championship. Smooth Chiraz, on the other hand, won two of six starts last year, including the Victor S Myers.

There was a rider switch for this race involving the two entries trained by Francisco Bravo. Defending riding champion Dean Butler was on Hold for More for his sixth-place finish in the Paul Bunyan Stakes May 6. On Saturday, he was aboard Smooth Chiraz, the post-time favorite who ran last. Hold for More, was back on his game, meanwhile, as a 5-1 choice and left five rivals in his wake, finishing 2 ½ lengths in front of Bourbon County, with AP Is Loose, Robertson’s second horse, another length back.

The sloppy conditions did not worry Bravo, despite the concern of his barn assistants. “They were worried,’’ he said. “They worried about the slop and wet, but I told them it was better this way because a dry track here is deeper.’’

Orlando Mojica and Rockin the Bleu’s were on the lead, nose-to-nose, with Honey’s Sox Appeal in the Lady Slipper. He had different orders from Bravo in the 10,000 Lakes. “We wanted to be off the lead, not too far back,’’ said Bravo. “You get six or seven lengths back and it takes too much work to catch up.”

Mojica didn’t let that happen. Last out of the gate in the six-horse field, he settled Hold for More two to three lengths off the leaders and began moving him up outside three horses on the turn. He was a half length in front of Bourbon County at the head of the lane and 2 ½ at the wire, in a time of 1:11.19.

Mojica had responded to Bravo’s parting words in the paddock. “Don’t go to the lead. But not too far back.’’

Even on a rainy, miserable afternoon, plans executed properly can work out.

ALWAYS DREAMING A SLIGHT FAVORITE IN POLL OF POLLS

BY JIM WELLS

In the latest Preakness Stakes poll conducted by Canterbury Park/CNN/Fox News/ABC/MSNBC  Always Dreaming has a slight edge over Classic Empire and is the projected winner of  Saturday’s race.

There is a margin of error in this poll that will not be announced until shortly before post time, so as not to alter the usual course of wagering by people without a clue and those who think they have several.

The poll includes a sampling of both conservative and liberal bettors in equal numbers.

Fifty-one percent of those polled said that the Todd Pletcher entry in this race is a dream horse. It is considered merely coincidental that the horse’s name is Always Dreaming. The same fifty-one percent said that they picked this horse for no other reason than he won the Kentucky Derby and looked “just fine and dandy” during the past week training

Forty-nine percent of those polled say they will bet on Classic Empire to win but want Always Dreaming to win because it’s good for the sport. In contrast, the Fifty-one percent who are betting on Always Dreaming to win say they want Always Dreaming to win.

Thirty percent of those polled said that Always Dreaming has not let his sudden fame affect the way he has worked for the second leg of the Triple Crown. Asked if he might be looking past this race to the Belmont Stakes and a possible sweep of these races, Always Dreaming responded, “What’s a Triple Crown?  I just run my races one at a time.’’

Trainer Todd Pletcher was unavailable for comment. Something about his mouth being full of crab cake.

Many people think this race is wide open, not much different than the Derby, that several entries in the 10-horse field have a shot.

For those putting their money on Juvenile champion Classic  Empire, there are several issues to consider.  Is it possible that as a two-year-old champion he was simply too young, too immature to handle all that success. Were his injuries and reduced training this spring simply used as an excuse? Did success go to his head?

“I’ve always been a team player,’’ he responded. “What I do is for the barn, not myself. Everything I do is for the team.’’  Trainer Mark Caase said “we’ll see, we’ll see.’’

For an inside clue, a handicapping tip the rest of America is without, consider this behind-the scenes connection from Canterbury pressbox assistant Katie Merrit. Although she, like so many others in the business, thinks that an Always Dreaming win is good for the sport, consider this:

Katie once galloped for the Carl Nafzger barn. Nafzger is an Eclipse-Award winning, Kentucky Derby winning former trainer. He is also a member of the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame and the former trainer of Frances Genter’s Unbridled, the 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders  Cup Classic winner.

And guess what.

Unbridled is the grandsire of Empire Maker.

Then again, and this is what muddies the waters a bit, Unbridled also sired Unbridled Ridge, the mother of Gunnevera. There is Unbridled blood as well in Always Dreaming and a gene or two in Cloud Computing.

“He’s all over this race,’’ said pedigree specialist and Canterbury chart man Dave Miller.

Sort of like having a boxing gym full of sons, grandsons and great grandsons of, say, Muhammad Ali.

Miller, by the way, agrees with those who say that you won’t make more than a dime on Always Dreaming today, and the best way to attack this race is to back up a bob or two on the favorite with a nice trifecta on the side.

Polling on this race also depends on a person’s politics. Take Canterbury Park track announcer Paul Allen for instance. Allen was once quoted as saying that he never bets. Then there was a pressbox leak that contradicted that statement.  But we can find any number of, let’s say, politicians who say they never bet and put fifty through the window on the no. 2 horse while making the statement. Saying one thing and doing another is part of politics and horse racing.

The Big O is the righthand man in the Shawn Coady photography studio at Canterbury and had this to say about today’s Classic race:

“It’s hard to go against the (Derby) winner. I think he’ll win this one and lose the Belmont. That last one is just too far,’’ he said.

Pressbox custodian Jeff Maday has several thoughts on the race.  His company loyalty wish, like Allen’s, is for the Derby winner to win this race, too. That way the Belmont Stakes three weeks hence becomes a really big deal, in New York and in Shakopee, instead of a race marginal fans couldn’t give a hoot about.

So, there you have it. All of the inside dope available for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

And for the political elite who think that politics should never be compared to something as lowly as running animals on a race track, let’s consider this:

Before the year is out, a politician somewhere will say that this election or that is really going to be a horse race.

And you can bet on that, too.

Aroney – A Class Act

Aroney is a 9-year-old bay gelding, non-descript aside from the heart-shaped white marking on his face, just below his forelock. His strong muscles ripple underneath his gleaming coat and his ears are pricked, sensitive and alert, belying his age.

 Aroney was recently acquired by Nextgen Racing Stable, a group of owners that run their horses at Canterbury Park. The partnership is comprised of relatives of Canterbury Chairman of the Board Curt Sampson, including his son Russ Sampson and several nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He is trained by Tony Rengstorf, and is entered to run tonight in the second race. Orlando Mojica will guide him from post position nine.

The gelding isn’t a superstar – in fact he hasn’t won since last September when he won a starter allowance at Kentucky Downs at a mile and a half on the rolling turf course. He comes into the race off of several disappointing performances at Oaklawn, but those races were contested on the dirt, a surface that has clearly been at least part of the cause of many of Aroney’s subpar performances. Tonight, Aroney was supposed to return to the grass, his preferred surface, but inclement weather has forced all turf races to the main track.

Aroney holds a spot in Canterbury’s record book at that ‘about 1 and 1/16 mile’ on the turf. Almost four years ago on June 20, 2013, the last season he raced in Minnesota, Aroney blazed through the distance in 1:40.83, setting a turf course record that still stands. He also raced in Minnesota the year prior, when he won three races in a row. Over the course of the two summers that Aroney was stabled at Canterbury, he ran 11 times. Of those 11 starts, he won four and finished second in four.

The gelding is what many would consider to be a bit of a war horse, or at least well on his way to becoming one. He has raced 82 times, consistently running between 12 to 14 times a year, never sidelined, rarely getting a break of more than a month at a time. He has won 10 races, come in second in 13 and third in 12. He has earned $227, 201 dollars in his 7-year career, a good chunk of that won here at Canterbury Park. Aroney has been in and out of different shedrows all over the country, his papers have changed hands many times, and his name has appeared on the set-lists of different trainers.  He probably hasn’t made any of them rich, but he’s tried hard, and he’s won for most, if not all of them. He’s paid his way.

Aroney’s return to Minnesota is somewhat like a coming home party. In addition to being the place where he ran his best races, and the only track where he set a course record, there is another reason that Aroney is tied to Minnesota racing history. Aroney’s original owner was Minnesotan Bentley Smith, son in law of Frances Genter, a famed, Derby-winning Minnesotan whose Genter Stables owned and bred some of the fastest and finest thoroughbreds to race in the mid and latter parts of the 20th century, up until her passing in 1992. After she died, Smith took over responsibility of her stable before branching out and creating his own. Like his mother-in-law, most of Smith’s horses were in training with the Hall of Fame trainer Carl Nafzger, who won the Derby for Mrs. Genter in 1990 with champion colt Unbridled. Aroney was one of the last to run for the successful duo before Smith’s death in 2011.

Aroney was originally purchased by Dave Astar of Astar Lindquist, LLC from the Bentley Smith Estate Sale in 2012. It was Astar who bought him as a little piece of Minnesota nostalgia and brought him to Canterbury for the first time, proud to own a homebred of the late, great Bentley Smith. Aroney ran successfully for him for a couple years before he was eventually claimed. This winter in Oaklawn Park, trainer Tony Rengstorf recognized the horse with the heart on his head, and remembering what he had accomplished at Canterbury Park in the past, purchased him privately at the end of the Oaklawn meet. Nextgen Racing Stable was eager to acquire Aroney and bring him home to Minnesota. “We want to see if he can regain his old glory,” explained Russ Sampson.

As Aroney attempts to regain that old glory, he continues to carry the torch for Bentley Smith. He is now the only horse still running that was once owned by the Minnesota horse racing legend. But Aroney is also what the future is made of. Nextgen Racing Stable was formed to carry on the racing tradition of the Sampson family, and what better way to build a foundation for future generations in Minnesota racing than to stake it on the strength and nostalgia of that which came before. Aroney may just be a non-descript bay horse with a heart on his head, but he represents much more in the past and future of Canterbury Park and horse racing in Minnesota.

Katie Merritt is a senior at the University of Kentucky and currently an intern in the Canterbury Park Press Box. Before returning to school she galloped at several tracks around the country, but spent the majority of her time working for Carl Nafzger and Ian Wilkes. Katie galloped Aroney in 2010 and 2011 while working for Wilkes. 

All-Time Top Earners Compete in 10,000 Lakes Stakes

Bernell Rhone entering this racing weekend on a hot streak – 5 wins from 5 starters. After scratches he has two runners on Friday, so he has the opportunity to increase that streak.  In race 5 he has Not Justa Somerset with Orlando Mojica aboard at 10/1 and in race 6, Sabotage under Jareth Loveberry at 12/1. It will be exciting to see how far he can extend his consecutive win streak, as he is only two behind David Van Winkle’s record of seven consecutive winners.

With the completion of the Will Rogers Downs live race meet in Oklahoma, multiple stakes winning jockey Lori Keith has rejoined the Canterbury Park riding colony for another summer. So far in 2017, Keith has an impressive seven wins, two seconds and three thirds from just 20 starters.

The six furlong, $50,000 10,000 Lakes Stakes for Minnesota-bred three and up will be run as the third race of the nine-race card on Saturday. It is highlighted by a Minnesota favorite, Hold for More, who will be ridden by Orlando Mojica. He is currently third in line for the title of leading money earner in Canterbury Park history with earnings of $293,200. The 5-year-old, Bravo-trained gelding, however, is not the favorite in the race, after a 6th place finish in the Paul Bunyan Stakes at Canterbury Park on opening weekend. Hold for More is the 3-1 second choice behind Mac Robertson’s Bourbon County, to be ridden by Alex Canchari, who is 9/5.  Seven-year-old Bourbon County has won the last two editions of the 10,000 Lakes Stakes, but has not run since late last August. Third choice morning-line at 7/2 is another Bravo trainee, Smooth Chiraz, to be ridden by Dean Butler. The 4-year-old gelding is a multiple stakes winner who already won an allowance optional claimer at Canterbury on opening weekend.

Interestingly, Hold for More is not the only one vying for the leading money earner title at Canterbury Park. Three of the horses running in the 10,000 Lakes are on the top ten list of purses earned at the track. AP Is Loose is 6th on the list with $283,553 and Bourbon County is 7th with $280,617. Depending on the results of the 10,000 Lakes, Any one of those three horses could move up into second place behind current leader Crocrock.

The six furlong, $50,000 Lady Slipper Stakes for Minnesota-bred fillies and mares three and up will be the 4th race on Saturday. The 6/5 morning line favorite in the race is Biehler-trained Rockin the Bleu’s, who will be piloted by Orlando Mojica. The 6-year-old mare has run at Canterbury 16 times, and has only finished off the board in five of those starts. In her only race to date in 2017, Rockin’ the Bleu’s was victorious in a $51,000 stakes race at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma in April. A close second choice at 9/5 in the morning line is Honey’s Sox Appeal, who is trained by Mac Robertson and will be ridden by Alex Canchari. The four-year-old stakes winning filly has run at Canterbury eight times, with a record of four wins, three seconds and one third.

Chad Lindsay looks for Success at Canterbury Park

By Katie Merritt

Chad Lindsay, a new addition to the Canterbury Park riding colony, is a 24-year-old native of Fort Worth, Texas. He began his riding career at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida before riding the prestigious southern California circuit for the last year.

Lindsay stumbled on to horse racing, almost by accident, when he saw a random horse race on television. “I was riding bulls, then. You gotta have a certain body build and a certain leg length to wrap around those bulls and I just wasn’t made for it,” Lindsay said. “But I saw horse racing on TV and I was like, ‘Hey! That looks easy! They’re making a lot of money! I’m the perfect size!’ and I liked horses. So I moved to Kentucky when I was 19.”

When Lindsay got to Kentucky, he quickly discovered that riding racehorses, something he had never done before in his life, was not quite as easy as it looked. “I fell off a lot! But I learned. And I loved it!” Lindsay said with a smile. He eventually landed a job galloping for Ian Wilkes, who gave him a great deal of support and helped him get started as a jockey.

“Ian put a lot of time into me and helped me a lot,” said Lindsay. “He taught me to have a good clock in my head, and he taught me that you have to play your hand when the gates open. You can have a plan before the race, but once those gates open it’s a whole different story, you have to read the race as it unfolds.”

The horses, of course, have also taught Lindsay a lot. “They’ve taught me to be humble. Very much so. That’s the greatest lesson they probably teach you.”

Chad has enjoyed success everywhere he has ridden, and hopes to continue that success at Canterbury Park this summer.

Unbridled- Canterbury’s Star

Display located in Canterbury’s Hall of Fame honoring Frances Genter

By Noah Joseph

On Sunday, September 24, 1989, race nine was the Canterbury Juvenile Stakes. Despite being a fairly new race, in just three previous editions it produced several top two-year-olds including 1987 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, Success Express. The winner of the ’89 Canterbury Juvenile, Appealing Breeze, also ran in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile that year, but it was the colt that finished second in the Canterbury race that was on to bigger and better things.

That colt was Unbridled. The son of Fappiano was owned by Frances Genter, a 92- year-old woman from Minnesota who had owned racehorses, including 1986 Breeder’s’ Cup Sprint winner and Canterbury winner Smile, for several decades. The trainer of Unbridled was Carl Nafzger, who had stables around the country, including at what was then Canterbury Downs. Unbridled finished 1989 with two wins in six starts and never finished worse than third.

However, it was during his 3-year-old season when the magic happened. Unbridled won the 1990 Kentucky Derby after running well in several preps. His win was very special for Genter and Nafzger, for Nafzger called the race for the elderly owner.

 

Unfortunately, Unbridled didn’t win the Triple Crown, he finished second in the Preakness and  fourth in the Belmont, but he capped off his championship season with a win in that same year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Belmont Park and was voted champion 3-year old colt of 1990.

 

After a sub-par 1991 campaign, Unbridled was retired to stud, where his record was outstanding. Unbridled died in 2001, but not before he left his mark in the racing world. His son Unbridled’s Song is the sire of Arrogate, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner along with the Pegasus and Dubai World Cups, while another son, Empire Maker, produced Bodemeister, the sire of this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Always Dreaming, and Pioneerof the Nile, who gave us 2015 Triple Crown, Grand Slam, and Horse Of The Year American Pharoah. It’s hard to believe that a colt that finished second in a stakes race at Canterbury would grow up to be one of the best and produce some of today’s greatest horses.

Frances Genter’s Smile in the Canterbury winner’s circle after winning the 1986 Canterbury Cup.

 

Noah Joseph is a longtime Canterbury Park and horse racing fan. He’s been attending races at Canterbury since 2000 when he was 3 years old and has enjoyed every minute of it. Noah provides a weekly piece on CanterburyLive.com.

L S H Stable — Keeping it in the Neighborhood

By Katie Merritt

L S H Stable is a racing partnership that was formed by several neighbors in 2005. “The group was formed at a birthday party in the neighborhood for one of the neighbors and we came up with the concept that night. L S H stands for the name of our neighborhood, Lake Susan Hills. Almost all the members of the partnership live there,” explained Lance Huwald.

“It was a good idea,” added Wayne Minske, another partner. “Most of the time good ideas never get followed up on, but Lance followed up on this one.”

L S H generally has one or two horses in training and each member owns 5 percent. “[The partnership] allowed us to have ownership with very little equity and have the same amount of fun as if you owned a horse 100 percent,” said Huwald.

“But Canterbury treats you like a full owner anyway, they’re great,” Minske added with a smile.

The first horse L S H owned in 2005 ran second in his first start for them, and was claimed. They later went on to claim a horse named Stormy Babe who won several races for them over a span of a couple years. “We thought it was easy!” they said laughing.

While they know it’s not always easy, the members of L S H can agree on one thing – it’s always fun! “There is nothing more exciting than seeing your horse coming down the track. And as they close in on the finish line, if they have a chance of winning, it’s just really exciting,” said a third member, Pat Fischer.

“That, and getting your picture taken!” said Minske. “I’ve got a wall for that!”