With so many people interested in becoming thoroughbred owners in Minnesota, and so little factual information being provided, I will build a private access page on this website for owners interested in the honest factual information.
Based on social media exchanges, it is clear that some MN folks want to claim horses this year at Canterbury. Others are already planning to buy horses privately, or at the Minnesota Thoroughbred Sale to be held August 22, 2016 at Canterbury Park. Some folks want any horse. Others understand the much larger purses and much easier competition they will have as owners if they acquire "Minnesota Bred" horses. Too many future owners don't really understand claiming conditions, and how the claiming price means little if running in conditioned races such as maidens, non-winners of 2, 3 or 4, etc..
Unfortunately, there is often more bad information available than good to new owners. Properly analyzed information is rarely published. New owner seminars are basic with many self proclaimed experts not having a clue as to truth that "real information" provides. They share their anecdotal experiences, and often their own believed racing myths, as if they are the truth.
Do you really know how claims in Minnesota have worked out? Do claims work out when claiming from good trainers? Are you better claiming horses from bad trainers?
Do you really know if auction horses have been good investments? Are you better buying young horses from highly qualified sales consigners who treat yearlings in their care with respect? Do some consigners just care about beefing horses up to get big sale prices? Is it possible that focusing on the "mental condition" of young horses is as important as physical condition when is comes to race track performance? Could the data answer this last question?
Do you know that only one consigner in Minnesota has sold more than 5 of the top ten priced horses over the last 5 years? Do you know who the breeders and care takers were for the top performing horses in Minnesota over the last 5 years?
Can you believe that at this moment, I am the only person in Minnesota who can answer most of these questions accurately? The data, properly analyzed and turned into information, is the ONLY real source for answering these questions, and many more. Some of the data is shocking. Interested?
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.