I wrote last week’s post prior to the results of Derby Weekend so there’s a good amount to get caught up with here from this week alone. I also need to give a shout out to Bizalls & Oldmoonfarms who gifted me a very good amount of 2 year olds this past week, so thanks to both of them. Also need to say thanks to Greg Clifton for hooking me up with some silks! As if this past week wasn’t busy enough I went ahead and splurged on credits leading to some indecision with what I should do with my breeding shares.
As usual I’m going to go ahead and start off with the horses I was most looking forward to from last week’s post.
Last Week’s Watch List:
HONORED SOCIETY (CALIFORNIA CHROME x DUNKIRK x MACHIAVELLIAN) – I was pretty excited for this Roan colt after his first performance saw him pick up 8 spots in the stretch to finish 3rd while scoring a 65 speed fig with maiden 50K’s in which he only lost by about 3 lengths. I gave him a little more distance at 6.5 furlongs and a small class cut to 45K’s. However he gave me more of the same finishing 5th by 3 lengths. Given the back to back 3 length losses I’m thinking he might want more distance but not entirely sure. Maybe a class drop and a move back to 6 furlongs is in the cards. Indecision… Indecision…
LET’S PLAY HOUSE (DECLARATION OF WAR x KRIS x SIR IVOR) – Bizalls gifted me this guy and while I greatly appreciate it my only experience with DECLARATION OF WAR’s offspring was pretty bad. (Look up GEAR OF WAR) I won’t say I was surprised but I was extremely happy with LET’S PLAY HOUSE’s performance going 6.5 furlongs with 56K’s and finishing a good 3rd.
UNION GONE WILD (UNION RAGS x WILD AGAIN x A.P. INDY) – This guy is my absolute favorite thus far. He won his first out pretty easily, so I dropped him into an Allowance 75K race and gave him another half a furlong. I was kind of surprised only three other horses entered this race, but UNION GONE WILD would go on to win easy again. I was a little disappointed that the speed fig was only a 73 considering he ran a 74 in the maiden, but I’m hoping the jockey just took it easy on him. Next up he’ll be running in the G3 Bashford Manor.
PERFECT PALACE (PALACE MALICE x GIANT’S CAUSEWAY x ELA-MANA-MOU) – First two runs were a 5 furlong 4 length loss and a 6 furlong 2.5 length loss. Naturally I found the furthest race I could which was 6.5 furlongs for at the Maiden 11K level and he managed to finish 4th by 2 again. I’m a little puzzled with him. I can’t seem to figure out if he wants longer, needs a class drop or wants a switch to turf.
Enter Derby Day
By itself derby day is a fantastic day, but add in the game with the great community that surrounds it and you have yourself a runaway winner. For those that are still wet behind the ears like myself, I highly recommend hitting up the chat room. There’s lots of great veteran knowledge about the game that comes out of there and more real life handicapping tipsters than I can keep up with! But I digress. Bluegrass day as its called around these parts was especially kind to me as I had a total of 7 runners go that day.
First the Two Year Olds:
BUGLE ALOFT (SEEK AGAIN x KITTEN’S JOY x STREET CRY) – I won him in a contest from BTB about a month ago I think. His breeding looked real promising so I signed him up for a 6.5 Furlong with maiden 22K’s and he wouldn’t do much running that day finishing 11th by 10 furlongs and posting a 56 speed fig. Next move may be to dirt at further against less.
AMERICAN ASSASSIN (SMARTY JONES x SUMMER SQUALL x SMART STRIKE) – I know the animations are limited in the 3d viewer but when I watched him run on dirt his first go I got the sense that he was uncomfortable the whole way around as he finished 7th by 6.5 furlongs. I ended up moving him to the turf and cutting him back from 6 furlongs to 5.5 and he ran a solid 2nd place by only half a length.
JUST FOR KAT (NOONMARK x STREET CRY x SADLER’S WELLS) – After two shots with maiden 50K’s (4th & 2nd) I gave him a class drop to maiden 33K’s and kept him at 5 furlongs. He would go on to win by a length as he took down a pretty decent group of horses.
UNION GONE WILD (UNION RAGS x WILD AGAIN x A.P. INDY) – See Above
PROTON POWER (MACLEAN’S MUSIC x TIZNOW x TAPIT) – A gift horse from Bizall he came right in and showed some maiden 16K’s who’s boss winning by half a length. He posted up a 70 speed fig and I imagine the next move is to see where I can fit him in with Allowance company.
3 Year olds and Up
GONNA GET FREE (HARD SPUN x GONE WEST x TIZNOW) – One of my the first I ever bred and for lack of a better word he continues to annoy me and finish out of the money. After never being close on dirt I moved him to turf where he continued to never be close. He did make a little move between 2nd and 3rd call but ultimately didn’t finish well and placed 5th by 6 lengths. Since me and this horse haven’t been seeing eye to eye I sent him to his room (the farm) in hopes that he matures a bit.
LETTER COUNT (MEDAL COUNT x THEATRICAL x SEEKING THE GOLD) – I claimed him two back and moved him to turf routes. I gave him two tries and as I watched the race I literally said out loud “the hell with this” and sent him to the auction after he finished 6th by 12 lengths. Here’s to hoping his new owner Countingmoney has more luck with him than I did.
Statistically Derby/Bluegrass Day were very nice to me as I posted a record of 7-3-1-0 record and earned 122 BPs for the day.
STUDS & DUDS:
Start with the Studs
ESPIRI (IRONICUS x CHARM SPIRIT (IRE) x EXCELLENT ART) – At 21-1 he clearly out ran his odds as he cruised by everyone in the stretch to go on and win by a length. He’s one of the ones I’m looking forward to getting back out there within the next 2 months, possibly in a stakes race.
WILD SAMURAI (WILDCAT RED x DEHERE x FIRST SAMURAI) – Super happy that she was able to break her maiden in her 2nd race. What I enjoyed even more is that she did it in front running fashion wiring the field by a length.
LEMONNY JONES (BIG BROWN x SMARTY JONES x LEMON DROP KID) – After my experiment with her at a mile in allowance company failed miserably, I brought her back to 6.5 Furlongs and she ran a game 2nd place. Really liking what I’m getting out of the 3 year-old filly.
CHACHA NOW Y’ALL (PALACE MALICE x SUMMER SQUALL x STORM BIRD) – She’s got a late running style to her and finally got it going in time to break the maiden.
PURPLER – Since joining my barn she continues to bring in good returns as we are now 4-4 ITM. Even better she got her first victory with me this past weekend.
GRAYCENTRATED – I thought I was being clever with this 4-year old filly giving her an extra four furlongs in an allowance race…. 6 days later she may still be running down Central Ave.
THE MARVELOUS ONE – Another one I can’t really figure out as it seems like he’s asking for distance but the more distance I give the more he just trots around the track. Thinking about slapping a harness on him and seeing if that works. I’m kidding of course, he’ll get a shot on turf in his next out.
CALLOUS ALICE – Claimed this 4 year old for 17.5K and moved her to turf thinking I’d get more out of her. I was a little too callous in my thought process because she clearly doesn’t care for the turf. Back to the dirt for this one!
New Blood in the Barn:
Outside of what’s been provided to me I went ahead and bred a couple of 2-year old’s and acquired quite a few breeding shares. The first two I bred were:
GRIZZLED WAR VET (TO HONOR AND SERVE x FUSAICHI PEGASUS x SCAT DADDY) – I ran her with maiden 56K’s at 6 furlongs and she struggled a bit finishing 6th by 6 and a quarter.
ZAPP DADDY (GHOSTZAPPER x SCAT DADDY x TAPIT) – Hasn’t raced yet but is set to go on Thursday.
As of right now I own shares for the following sires but indecision has taken over. I’m currently trying to accumulate more shares but am taking suggestions on who to hook who up with.
Sire shares: ZENSATIONAL, CONSTITUTION, PIONEEROF THE NILE, STANFORD, TIZNOW, TONALIST
DS Shares: WILD AGAIN, INDIAN CHARLIE, NUREYEV, SAINT BALLADO, SEEKING THE GOLD, STORM BIRD, STREET CRY, UNBRIDLED
DDS Shares: DISTORTED HUMOR, CANDY RIDE, CURLIN, GHOSTZAPPER, GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, HENNESSY, MALIBU MOON
Overall the stable stats have continued to improve:
Winning = 7.4%
ITM = 31.9%