Another week for spinsanta2 and some surprises in store. Overall it was a good week for earning with four runners taking in 110 bps. This was a good lessons learned week and the biggest lesson learned might have been how much luck comes in to play with this game. First we’ll talk about the less interesting runners.
Funny Mambo was claimed on February 17th for $7,500. This NY-bred by D’Funnybone won that claiming race by a head with a 90 speed. The race was 4.5f on turf. I claimed him because he was a consistent NY-bred. His current record is 41-13-11-7 and over $500k in the bank. He runs on dirt and turf. He’s not a world beater and he’s eight years old so his best days are certainly behind him. But that doesn’t matter. This stable is aimed at earning bps quickly and a horse who has run in the money 31 times can earn. The last time he faced NY-bred competition came in a residency restricted stakes race in 2016 where he finished 5th with a 105 speed (his career best was a 108 run in 2014). So for $7,500 and 15 bps I thought I could make a buck. Funny Mambo raced for me on March 11th in a 5.5f dirt Starter Allowance for NY-bred horses with a $10,000 tag. A confirmed front runner he struck out for the early lead and held gamely in stretch only allowing one horse to pass him. That second place finish was worth 30 bps for the stable and he came back RTG. Interestingly there are two $25,000 starters for NY-breds at 6f dirt on March 17th. He’s already entered in to one. We’ll see what happens.
Louisiana bred six year old mare Cardinal Mission was a $1 auction pickup. You cannot go wrong with a horse for $1. The worst thing that can happen with a horse at that price is that you run it once or twice and don’t earn so you drop it back into auction for a $0 reserve. Cardinal Mission was among a group of very lightly raced older horses that got dumped all at the same time. I picked up two other six year olds for the same price out of that group. Both were bred in South Africa and I have a stable specifically for South Africa-bred horses called SAFSPIN so that is where they were stalled. Cardinal Mission is by the sire Global Mission whom I had not heard of prior to this acquisition but he’s a son of Danzig out of the Easy Goer mare Retrospective. Easy Goer was bred to an amazing book of mares but as a sire he was pretty much a dud. He died at just eight years of age but considering how many great mares he saw he should have had more success. But I digress. Cardinal Mission had one race prior to my purchase. She raced on February 24th in a 15f MSW on the turf. She actually was second in that race where she ran a 42 speed. You might assume that the horses she defeated that day were owned by the CPU but that was true only for one of the two who finished behind her. On March 10th she returned to action under my silks in a LA-bred $125,000 MCL for 4+ females. Shockingly that was a computer carded race. Cardinal Mission was the only privately owned entry in the race and she ran away with it wiring the field with lightning quickness running a 56 speed and winning in hand by one length. Needless to say she earned back her purchase price plus 40 bps. Her next start will be a tricky one. She will have to face winners – at least two of them! She’s entered in a $2,500 claimer for LA-breds on March 17th with a NW4L conditions.
Tale of Six Crowns was claimed for $4,000 on 2/17. I have to issue an apology here to my fellow BTBer Roxyken. I took this 5yo colt out of his stable THECHALLENGE2. I highly recommend reading his The Challenge series here in the BTB (he just started his third year of running it his latest installment can be read Here). Tale of Six Crowns is a lesson in what not to do in an experiment like this. First of all he is a KY bred and if you are a faithful reader you know I like to capitalize on horses bred in locations outside of KY, IRE and ENG. The second lesson is that I didn’t really pay attention to his conditions when I entered him. He ran back for me on March 9th in a $75,000 claiming race at 5f where he finished 8th. In a regular stable he has the potential to earn nicely in low-level claimers. He would have done really well for his previous connections if I didn’t foolishly grab him. He is currently in the auction for a $0 reserve.
The flipside of shooting from the hip when entering horses (what I did with Tale of Six Crowns) is Umpteen Memo. Umpteen Memo was a very expensive auction purchase at $1,000. He’s by the California sire Grey Memo, another one I had not heard of before. I was attracted to him in the auction because he is four years old and at the time had thirteen starts with four wins a second and four thirds. That’s a pretty healthy ITM %. I was sure he could earn. Umpteen Memos ran on January 18th in a $3,500 claimer going 6f on dirt where he finished third with a 98 speed. He was claimed out of that race and resurfaced going 10f on the dirt in a NW5L allowance. He finished 11th in that start, beaten over 26 lengths and running an 82 speed. After a result like that I am not surprised he was sent straight to the auction. I wish I could tell you that I saw this amazing bargain in the auction and I just knew he was super talented with tons of potential if only he were raced at the proper conditions. The reality is that I likely didn’t even open his page just bid based on the CA-tag and the 4 wins in 13 starts. For $1,000 I could have run him back in a $2,000 claiming race and if I lost him no big deal. Luckily for me the first available CA-bred race that was available to him was a $20,000 starter allowance going a mile on turf. Facing a field of six he had a good shot to hit the board. I had no idea that he would run away with the race and run a 109 speed. Now realistically he may never run back to that speed again. If he does who is to say that he can run that fast against 13 other horses, against non-CA-breds, against allowance or stakes company. Those are all big questions that perhaps someday he will get to answer. Had he not run as well or as fast I would consider running him back right away. There is a $30k starter for CA-breds going 8f on turf on March 18th. For a horse in this stable that is the race he should be entered in. The goal is to earn and earn fast. But how can you ignore a race like the one he just ran? On March 29th there is a Local Championship at 9f on the lawn. Currently there are five other runners and four of them have better capper colors than Umpteen Memos (of course the capper doesn’t take into account that he may not have been in ideal conditions in four of his last five starts). This is quite a dilemma. I went ahead and clicked enter for the stakes race. In the end regardless of the intentions of the barn when you have an opportunity to see if you have a good horse you take it. Maybe he never runs this fast again. Maybe he runs faster. We’ll see soon enough. Oh and he brought home 40 bps for what is hopefully his first of many wins in my barn.
End of week 2 – $128,564 in bank plus 230 bps.
Overall stats – 9-4-2-0