The Challenge-Week 10

 Posted by at 11:07 pm  General
Mar 102018

Last week, MONEY BUYS POWER disappointed me with a fifth after winning his previous start.  This was his second off board result since joining the stable and I wasn’t sure what I would do with him at the time.  He’s now sitting in the auction and will be turned over in the near future to new owners.    LANDALUCE has been moved off the farm and is now training to make his first start for the stable in a couple of weeks.  He was claimed out of a $2k claimer after winning with a speed of 102 and is eligible for dirt cheap starter allowance racing.

This week I had four entrants starting off with RULER OF DENMARK.  I’ve had this one for a while in the farm and opted to test him on the turf, a place he’s raced once.   His dirt career has been dismal and hoping for a turn around with the switch of surfaces was darkened as he ran 7th pretty much through the entire race.  He’s been directed to the auction.   Ruler left me with a G-card.  FLAT AND FLATTER has been moved from farm to stable and has shown capable on both dirt and turf surfaces and we’ll be looking for a spot for him in about two weeks as he trains.

It wasn’t easy finding a spot for HALF LOCO to make his first start for the stable.  He ended up in a $20,000 claiming, 9.5 furlong turf race.  He’s a long distance late closer who did just that, kind of.  He gave up 13 lengths to the leader by the half and made a move cutting it to about 8 by the time the race was over, moving from 7th to 3rd.  More distance would have been better for him and we’ll be looking for just that in his next outing.  17 BP’s and one F and one G-card were drawn after the race.

GENERAL’S STAR is another late runner where I found a 12f, $2,000 claiming race for him.  Now Half Loco above could have been in this field, however, I opted to go with one runner here.  General ran forth the prior two starts for the stable and had a very nice improvement rallying from last to second in the 12f race.  10 BP’s were earned along with 2-G-cards.

Making his forth start for the stable, BABS SEEKING LUCK found some luck in a Wyoming 8.25 claiming ($2,000 tag) race.  I was worried as he faded way back early on, some 14 strides off the lead which is a bit more than he has going around the mile distance.  But this guy fired things up and came charging through the stretch to finish second and only a length behind the winner at 9/1.  The 8-horse field gave us two sire cards which were 1-F and 1-G.   Also got 10 BP’s for the second with travel cost taking it’s dingage.

So this week was decent with 37 BP’s earned along with 2 F-cards and 5 G-cards.   We now have 4 F-cards and 15 G-cards.   I’ve converted the G-cards and that has upped the holdings to 7 F-cards.  BP’s have grown to 232 and of course I would love more of those.  With a pair of horses leaving the farm, I’ll be looking for another one or two to take those vacancies.


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