By Jim Wells
Trainer Roberto Diodoro has moved into his lately purchased Minnesota home, located inside a stone’s throw of Canterbury Park. He’s close enough in the new digs to determine the grandstand and it is triple spires (yet another than Churchill Downs) extending in to the Shakopee firmament, and after that he presumably will keep keep an eye on his new domain, the fiefdom he usurped in the clutches from the previous overlord, Mac Robertson, two seasons ago, with a mere four wins in 2014 _ thus ending a reign of nine straight titles by Robertson _ by a commanding 16 wins within an encore last summer time.
“I can easily see the grandstand with the trees,” he stated.
Diodoro is mere minutes in the barn by which he’ll stable some 65 horses throughout the meet that will get arrived Friday night, the eve from the Preakness Stakes, and runs through September 17, 69 times of racing as a whole. Diodoro, obviously, could keep stables elsewhere, too. His achieve expands to Iowa, California and Canada additionally to Minnesota.
Yet his is made of in Shakopee, just like he planned a few years ago upon praoclaiming that the Minnesota race track would be a natural place to go for him from his winter-time base at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. “I stated a few years ago whenever we returned for the second season here that people wanted to try and make Canterbury our summer time home,” Diodoro stated. “It’s labored out like this the past few years. Hopefully it’ll continue.”
Diodoro purchased the house of former racing secretary Doug Schoepf, who upon the market throughout the off-season. Schoepf continues to be substituted with Robert Junk, who’s even the racing secretary at Sunland Park in Sunland Park, N.M. Formerly, he held exactly the same position at Ruidoso Downs.
Diodoro is knowledgeable about the brand new racing secretary. “He’s a genuine hustler. He’ll perform a good job,” stated Diodoro. “He’s sharp…and they know what’s happening.Inches
Canterbury has reduced the takeout on wagering this season as to the management advertises because the “lowest within the country” being an incentive to grow the entire handle. Equally or even more important, to horsemen certainly, may be the $14.two million in purse money this summer time, the biggest in track history.
Once more, the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, the wealthiest race around the summer time calendar, will reveal the stakes program. It’s scheduled for August 27, certainly one of four Saturday evening racing cards in that month.
Diodoro, meanwhile, wishes to enhance the 49 wins he published last season in Shakopee. He’s some pretty seem momentum by which to mount that challenge. He won 105 races within the winter at Turf Paradise while claiming his third straight training title.
“Hopefully we’ll be nearly as good otherwise much better than this past year, although figures-wise (total horses) we’ll be lower slightly,” he stated. However, he’s 38 horses stabled at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, and promises to rotate stock between that location and Shakopee through the summer time. Last year, he stored between six and 10 horses in Iowa, therefore the figures there’ve improved substantially. Also, he has eight at Woodbine and 22 at Santa Anita.
There’s competition, nevertheless.
Robertson has returned and loaded for bear, no more spending time he did formerly in Delaware. Everybody alive understands his competitive nature.
Bernell Rhone and Francisco Bravo return with solid barns just like the typical competitors from Phoenix: Valerie Lund, Miguel Silva, Dan McFarlane, Dave Van Winkle. Still, you will find individuals, obviously, who question Diodoro’s ability to keep an eye on his growing stables since his distaste for conveniences for example computers established fact. “Can he even begin to see the forest for that trees? ” some question.
Does not have to. He is able to see through them…. completely towards the grandstand.
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