Here we are two weeks removed from my last update and some things have gotten better while some things have remained the sim. In 35 runners these last two weeks my winning percentage is a consistent 3% while my overall ITM runners improved to 40% during this time.
I guess we will start with the bad news first. Over these last couple of weeks I only managed to pick up one victory from an unlikely runner. I legitimately thought some of my runners had a good chance at winning however, the ones I was confident in came up short.
QUIM – I claimed this guy for 10K a few weeks back and brought him back at the same level where he went off as the 3-5 favorite in a 4 horse field. He spotted the leader KEN YOU BE QUIET a 6 length lead and despite picking up ground in the stretch was never able to get close enough to even bother the leader.
CHARISMATIC HERO – I bred this 3 year old (SOCIAL INCLUSION x HEROES AND CROOKS x CHARISMATIC) and have liked him since his very first run. He continues to run his race but continues to come up just short. After leading through the first 3 calls in his most recent race he got nipped at the wire for his second 2nd place finish in a row.
STREET ASSOCIATE – One of my only winners thus far I threw this 2-year old in an Allowance 70K race in his 2nd out. I was pretty excited for this guy especially since he was tied as the ML favorite at 6-1 going in, but he only managed an 8th place finish in which he lost by about 4 lengths. Even though I’m disappointed in the result I can’t be mad at the effort, he was moving late but just ran out of real estate.
WILD SAMURAI (WILDCAT RED x DEHERE x FIRST SAMURAI) – A recently bred 2 year old who has a solid back end to her pedigree and an unproven sire. She was game her first out finishing 2nd in a Maiden 22.5K in which she was only beaten by a length. Right now I’m pointing towards stretching her out to 6.5 Furlongs but might switch her back to 5.5 furlongs if I can find a race.
HAPPY HITCHHIKER – Claimed him for 10K back in February from a barn who exclusively ran him at 7 furlongs. In my mind his running lines indicated he wants the lead at all times so I cut him back in hopes that he could wire a field. I’ve had two runs with him, one at 6.5 furlongs in which he finished 2nd by a length and another run at 5.5 furlongs where he finished 2nd by less than a length. He’s earned $3,500 and 30 BPs for me thus far and I’ll probably keep cutting his distance to see how he does.
PURPLER – I believe I wrote about him last time as well, but he continues to be a great pickup for me. After being claimed for $17,500 I moved him into local allowance races and in three runs he’s earned $17,020 and 60 BPs with 2 second places and one third place finish.
An Unlikely Hero
VULCANOLOGIST – I picked him up out of the auction for a buck and tried him at 7.5 furlongs on the turf with Maiden 25 claimers. He didn’t do much running that day and as a result I gave him his first shot at routing on the dirt with maiden 2k’s. Given that he’s never been closer than 4 lengths at the finish of a race I came away surprised that he won going away. The next move is to keep him with low level claimers and send him back out at a mile.
Horses I’m looking forward to in the next couple of weeks:
TEMPERANCE GOLD – A 4 year old Filly who I claimed out of a 20K claimer at 7.5 Furlongs on the turf. Reason I grabbed him is he’s never run a sprint on the dirt and has run very well on the turf. His pedigree would suggest he’s got some dirt sprinting in there. As a result I entered him in a $100K NW3L 6 furlong claimer to see how he does.
GONNA GET FREE – A 3 year old I bred (HARD SPUN x GONE WEST x TIZNOW) has run and 6 and 6.5 furlongs and has lost by 8.25 furlongs in both affairs. I gave him a class drop and am sending him out at a mile in his next out.
CALLOUS ALICE – Claimed for 17.5K she’s another who’s never tried both surfaces. Front end of her pedigree (PALACE MALICE x AFLEET ALEX x SCATMANDU) would suggest dirt is the way to go, but on the back end there definitely looks to be some turf talent in there somewhere or at least that’s what I’m hoping for. Either way giving her a shot on the turf at 6 furlongs with 25K claimers NW2L’s.