FRANCUA CHRONICLES 6-7-18 THROUGH 6-13-2018
A good combination of claimed horses and newly bred horses going this week. Last week’s watch list is comprised of 3 claimers I got over the last couple of months and a horse that I bred and had hoped for big things from along with a gift horse. Also for the first time in a while I have back to back days without a runner on 6-13 and 6-14.
Last Week’s Watch List:
ARCH SPUN – Claimed for 15K I brought her back into the Allowance level at 6.5 furlongs on the dirt. She was in good position at the second call, but failed to fire late finishing 7th by 8 lengths. A move back to claimers is likely in store for her next out.
PURPLER – I took her out of local company for reasons beyond me and she didn’t run nearly as well as she would have had I kept her with locals. She’d finish a game 4th but it was clear she was outclassed from the start. Still she earned me $1,170 and 7 BPs.
IN WAVES (ORB x BIG BROWN x CURLIN) – Not much of a drop but took him out of special weights and put him in with 100K claimers. He ran a much better race his second go around stalking the pace and passing horses in the stretch. Really like what I saw out of him.
QUALITY RAGS – Claimed for 25K back in March she’s had 3 races with me. She beat 100K claimers in her first start with me so I bumped her up to allowance company where she got a solid 2nd place finish. However, her 3rd run with me at the same NW4L allowance level didn’t produce the same results as she never could find her footing finishing 7th by almost 5 lengths.
DEL FRISCO (NOVELLIST x KING KAMEHAMEHA x HARD SPUN) – She wasn’t on last week’s watch list because she was gifted to me 6-8-17 by jackworld (Thank You!) but I figured I’d write about her first race. I dropped her in with maiden 45K special weights on the turf going 6.5 furlongs. Based on breeding I got the sense she was going to want some additional distance and her first run all but solidified that as she’d run 4 lengths off the pace for the entire race and finish 9th.
QUIM – Should have included him in last week’s post but I’ll add him here. I claimed him for 10K back in March and he’s run a total of 3 races for me finishing in the money in all 3. His most recent was a 2nd place finish with NW3L claimers. He’s returned $5,100 and 59 BPs since being claimed.
IMPULSE TO SWEAR (SWEAR (AUS) x FRAC DADDY x DYNAFORMER) – I acquired a 10 cent share of SWEAR and bred him to WHAT THE FRAC (FRAC DADDY x DYNAFORMER x STREET CRY) who was a mare I had claimed for 15K and 30BPs. Getting back to the filly that ran, IMPULSE TO SWEAR was dropped into a 5 furlong turf affair with 50K maiden claimers. She’d go on to pay for both her own breeding and the cost of her mama in her first race as she’d finish first by 1.5 lengths earning $16,320 and 50 BPs.
MACGREGOR (MACLEAN’S MUSIC x HARLAN’S HOLIDAY x GALILEO) – Named after the famed Irish fighter, this horse has a similar swag about him. His break from the gate was amazing and he never looked back. He would go on to wire the field in his debut with maiden 50K’s at 6 furlongs on the dirt. Its also worth mentioning that he’s posted the best speed fig of any of my two-year old’s in their debut with a 78.
CALM AGGRESSION (VAR x INDIAN CHARLIE x DEHERE) – A 2 year-old filly who broke on to the scene running 5.5 furlongs on the dirt against maiden 28K’s. She’d also go on to wire the field in her debut posting a speed fig of 69.
RHYTHYM SHOOTER (I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) x DUBAI MILLENNIUM x SWORD DANCE) – To top off a great Belmont Saturday this guy would go ahead and also wire the field in a 5 furlong maiden 33K turf affair. He showed some guts as he was challenged late by BEAT THE LIGHT but would hang on by a neck to win in his debut.
ROBIX (HARD SPUN x ELUSIVE QUALITY x FOREST WILDCAT) – I acquired a HARD SPUN share late in the week and figured what the hell, I have some decent DS and DDS shares already might as well breed him. The Hard Spun share produced a filly who jumped straight to the lead and never looked back in her debut. She’d wire a field of 8 in a 6 furlong 16K maiden special weight on the dirt.
SAINT AWESOME (QUALITY ROAD x SAINT BALLADO x AWESOME AGAIN) – Jumped out to an early lead but couldn’t sustain the pace going 6 furlongs on the dirt with maiden 50K’s. He would end the day finishing 8th by 3 lengths. I don’t know that the distance got him as much as the class, so he’ll more than likely get a class drop in his next out.
THOUSANDS OF YEARS – Picked her up in the auction back in April and she’s run three times for me. First run was a 5th place finish with 3.5K claimers on the turf going 6.5 furlongs, 2nd run was a much better 7.5 furlong run on the dirt with 15K claimers going 7.5 furlongs where she’d lose some ground in the stretch finishing 4th, and her most recent run I cut her back to 5 furlongs on the dirt with local 15K claimers. Unfortunately cutting her back to 5 furlongs, I didn’t give her enough distance to run and she didn’t close very well finishing 4th by 3 lengths. She still got me 10 BPs, but I was expecting her to get in the money for sure.
MAASIMO (INDIAN OCEAN x DISTINCTIVE PRO x HALO’S IMAGE) – What’s the definition of insanity? This horse… I keep trying him on the dirt in low level sprints and to no avail. After the most recent debacle in which he finished 12th going 5 furlongs with 10K maiden claimers its time to move him back to turf to sprint with the low levels there. Or maybe I’ll just send him to the auction.
DISPLAY OF POWER (LIAM’S MAP x EL PRADO x SUNDAY SILENCE) – 8/5 morning line favorite in Maiden 16K’s and she didn’t have the stamina to go the full six furlongs. I thought this would be an easy spot for her in her debut but I was proven wrong as she’d finish 4th by 3 lengths.
SOUL SERGEANT (OFFICER x VINDICATION x FORESTRY) – She’s been running in the high 90’s with 17.5K claiming company and has never tried routing. I saw some success with her running against allowance horses last year so I’m figuring to give her a go routing on the dirt with low level allowance horses.
SPEARMINT POLO (PIONEEROF THE NILE x RAINBOW QUEST x HIGH TOP) – I really liked the breeding on this 4 -year old filly and her past performances remind me of another horse I have who just broke his maiden THE MARVELOUS ONE. Furthest she’s run is 8.25 furlongs, but I’m going to stretch her out and hope for improvement. If that doesn’t work I’ll find her a sire and get production out of her that way.
FOREST SEA (OASIS DREAM (GB) x SEA THE STARS x FORESTRY) – Picked up this gelding for 5K and 10 BP’s. I think there’s some talent here, but I think he wants a lot more distance then what he’s been getting. He’ll sit on the shelf for about 8 weeks before he gets his first go with me.
BRIDGE TOO STARDUM – I have a complex when it comes to VERRAZANO sired claimers who haven’t tried turf. For whatever the reason I’m under the impression VERRAZANO is an underrated turf sire. I have no evidence to really back this up but just a feeling I get. Either way autumnridge beat me out for this claim.
ROCK PAPER SCISSOR – Tried to claim this 6 year old mare out of SYMBOLI KRIS S for 7.5K for the sole purpose of breeding. As it would turn out pilgrim3 also had their sights set on her and beat me to the punch.
KATNIP – Having raced 33 times at 4 year’s old I think her best running days are behind her. A GRAYDAR filly I was planning to use to breed but ultimately lost out to rmk.
STRONG PITCH – Everyone and their mother seemingly wanted this gal as 7 of us threw our hats in the mix to get this 3 year-old filly out of AUSTRALIA x DANEHILL x KINGMAMBO. It was an odd placing for her after winning a 120K NW4L claimer at 10 furlongs she was dropped into 12.5K claimers at 8.25 furlongs. She didn’t run very well with the cut back in distance, but I’d imagine she’d find her form with another stretch out again. My thoughts aside, she went to plainfield where I’m sure she’ll turn into a nice little earner.
PLAYA HONDA – 3 year old filly out of BAYERN x STREETBOSS x VINDICATION who I bought for 11K. I get the sense I can do some damage with her at the mid claiming level on the dirt.
PUSH TO PASS – A 2 year old $51 buy out of CREATOR x FORESTRY x SUNDAY SILENCE made her debut on the dirt May 4th and has raced a total of three times since then. She’ll get some much needed rest before giving turf a try in August.
KIWI STRATUM (STRATUM (AUS) x STORM CREEK x CAPTAIN RIO) – She was one of the original horses I started the game out with and after 5 unsuccessful attempts at getting her a 2nd victory I’ve decided its time for this 5 year old filly to hang it up. Her record finishes at 23-1-1-4 with earnings of $71,767.
Next Week’s Watchlist:
Barring me doing any additional breeding this week I only have about 17 runners in the upcoming week. Most of the 17 have some major questions marks around them but none the less I do still have a couple I’m looking forward to.
CALLOUS ALICE – Claimed for 17.5K I tried her on the turf twice and didn’t get very good results. Trying her back on the dirt at a lower level to see if I can get her competitive. If not its off to the breeding grounds.
GRAYCENTRATED – I didn’t do her any favors in wheeling her back on 23 days rest and asking her to go the furthest she’s ever run while on an off track against allowance runners. This go around she gets a little over 5 weeks rest a more reasonable 9 furlong distance while running with allowance company.
FROST DANCE – Ran well in 17K claimers and feeling some type of confidence I gave her a little too big a bump to allowance company in her last, where she wasn’t nearly as effective. She gets a cut back to 20K NW5L Claimers in her next.
EMOJI BOMB (MEDICEAN x NUREYEV x NODOUBLE) – 3-year old debut was at 8.25 furlongs where he finished 5th by about 10 lengths. He gets a cut in distance to 6.5 Furlongs with Maiden 39K’s.
STRATE CASH HOMIE (EFFINEX x STORM BIRD x VALID APPEAL) – 3-year old debut was a great first race closing on maiden 16K’s at 6 furlongs to finish 2nd by less than a length. I gave her a little more distance at 6.5 furlongs and the same maiden level in her next.
Debuting 2-Year olds
GRUNGE ROCKER (ROCK HARD TEN x SEATTLE SLEW x MR. LEADER) – Will go 7 furlongs on the turf with maiden 56K’s.
MIZZ (MIZZEN MAST x DUBAI MILLENNIUM x DISTORTED HUMOR) – Will go 7 furlongs on the turf with maiden 56K’s with local Kentucky breds.
GENUINE OUTLAW (CURLIN x HARLAN’S HOLIDAY x UNBRIDLED’S SONG) – Going 7 furlongs on the dirt with Maiden 45K’s.
MR PACQUIOU (MR. Z x RAHY x ICECAPADE) – Going 5 furlongs on the dirt with 30K maiden claimers.
SEGWAY (EXCEED AND EXCEL x MONTJEU x LEMON DROP KID) – Going 7 furlongs on the turf with maiden 56Ks.