Opening night at Canterbury was great, even though our Samstar ran 4th. He will do much better once they write two turn MN Bred Maiden races.
It was a good handicapping night with great company. The kids, Bri, Nick and Alessa, joined in with us, plus the Osbornes, Tom Lindquist and a few others who dropped by.
I also finally got to meet Facebook friend Scott Ehlers who visited with us at our table. He is in town from Texas for the weekend. Scott is a great guy and top handicapper for the Daily Racing Form, and writes the skinny on Canterbury in the form.
We made a little money and saw the top current Minnesota bred horse Bourbon County win another nice stakes race for Scott Rake. Dean Butler also rode 5 winners on the 8 race card. (Marijo Norman, you would have made a fortune on Dean last night!)
Lastly, Rick and Joyce Osborne got me a hilarious gift off Ebay. It's a 1973 Mattel Electronics horse race analyzer. This was before Beyer speed ratings and before most people used home calculators. Amazingly it still works, only requiring 50 data inputs per horse per race (oh my) so watch out. I used it on the Preakness, so be sure to bet American Pharoah on top regardless of the odds. Oh boy, the analyzer just said, "Losing is not Winning".....so there you go. Haha.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.