Week 19 had four horses on the plate to run and one was a new bred that I mentioned last week in which E-sire cards were traded in for a sire share which was used to breed with one of the mares owned by the stable. FLUSH THE TOILET (son of retired mare The Toilet Store) and sired with our card exchange, Giant Gizmo. The two year old ran in a MSW on the dirt for a 6 furlong distance and was shuffled off at 17/1 odds. The bettors knew enough to avoid him as he gradually lost distance and finished sixth in the field of eight. No BP’s for this one and a lonely G-card were obtained at the end of the race. He’ll be sent to the farm to rest a bit as I like to give 2 year olds a 7 to 8 week early on.
Favored HALF LOCO made his fourth start for the stable and took on 7.5 furlongs in a $5,000 claiming race. I dropped him down in distance hoping to net a win as he’s come up short so far for the stable. He made up a little ground late in the race and moved up from ninth to finish sixth. If anything, he’s shown that he likes the longer distances better. That is the first time he ran a sprint in over three years, so much for the experiment. I may set him to the sideline for some rest as I’ve been going every three weeks with him in an effort to capitalize on the 1,000 BP goal of The Challenge. No BP’s and another G-card.
The stable got a sprinkle of sunshine with KAT CAME BACK who made his debut for the stable in a starter allowance race. Going 8.25 furlongs, the same race distance that I claimed him out of, he boosted his speed from 97 to 104. He ran rather evenly throughout the race and took third place. Kat brought back 10 BP’s and a pair of sire cards, due to the large field. Flipped over an F-card and a G-card.
Wrapping up the week and seeking to repeat his win from last week was BABS SEEKING LUCK. After a 104 speed and win at 8.25 furlongs finding a race was a bit difficult and I didn’t want to wait too long to find one. After all, I have a Breeding Point goal to meet in this challenge. He was placed in an elevated $20,000 claiming race and ran a longer 10 furlongs. A year ago he won at 11 furlongs, so it looked like he could manage the distance. He showed nothing and his late run was no where to be seen. He did pass a few tiring horses but made up no ground on the winner, finishing sixth (which seems to be the preferred finishing spot for this weeks runners). He just made his 7th start for the stable and has been here since the beginning. I don’t want to give up on him as he’s delivered 66 BP’s so far. I’ll give him a rest to the farm. One card was drawn, another G-card.
For the week, only 10 BPs, 3 G-cards and one F-card. Total cards are now at 1-F and 9-G.
I made a few bids in the auction this week but picked up nothing. So I pursued a pair of horses in claiming races and ended up with two. PITTENWEEM is a rock bottom claim runner that I picked up for $2,000 and 4 BP’s. He was the favorite in his race and was rather unimpressive as he finished third. Of his 17 career starts, 7 have been in claiming events and he’s had top three finishes in all but one race. He’s hit the board on all track surfaces so there is some flexibility with him. Speeds look best on the dirt, however, this three year old ran turf early in his career and those speeds are much lower but he was in his developing stages at that point. I don’t do this often, but I’ve opted to geld him as he was delivered to the farm, hoping this may enhance his ability while he is young. He’ll be moved to the stable to take over the spot of FLUSH THE TOILET who is now resting at the farm.
I hope it does not turn out to be a mistake, and seeing how five others put a claim on tis one, MAKING MISTAKES turned in a win as he dropped from $10k claimers to $5k and a 101 speed which was in line with the 103 in his previous start. He’s pumped out 100+ speeds on both the dirt and turf. He’s been racing on the turf since last August and has won four of five starts with one second. I feel we are in a good spot with this guy as he is eligible for low end starter allowance races. He’s a five year old gelding with a nice breeding line of Trippi x Giant’s Causeway x A.P. Indy. Hoping for the best I’ve activated him to take the open spot left by BABS SEEKING LUCK who has been sent to the farm for rest. 10 BP’s was the cost for this guy and I think they will be repaid quickly.
After the claims and races this week, the stable sits with 443 BP’s.