Week 24 is upon us in The Challenge series. Just as a refresher, Thechallenge2 stable was created at the beginning of the year and loaded with horses to simulate the type of horses a new player may receive when starting with Derby Fever. Pretty much a bunch of horses that raced for other players, got dumped into the auction, and became owned by the CPU. Essentially, horses with the CPU are non-performers, ones that others have avoided to obtain. So the stable started with junk and the goal of The Challenge series is to obtain 1,000 BP’s to acquire a top-notch sire share. As a secondary challenge, we’re also looking to go over and beyond the 1,000 to also acquire a Dam-sire and Dam-Dam-sire shares and hopefully race the whatever is created, by the end of this year.
This week we had four racers that were entered on Friday and Saturday cards. ANDREA’S was kept at the Massachusetts and raced in the same 8.5 furlongs, $5,000 claiming race she ran in last month (where she finished 2nd). Going into the starting gate, in the field of 12, she was very promising at 2/1 odds as the bettors choice. She bumped heads with Camp Songs and those two battled head to head for the first half mile or so. Andrea’s could not keep up and lost ground fading back into third, 4-strides behind Camp Songs who earned the win. So third got us 2-cards, One an F-card, the other a G-card and 15 BP’s. Andrea’s was claimed from the stable and in five races had a record of 0-2-1 and brought us 42 BP’s during her stay.
A KIRBY PRIZE also ran in Massachusetts and has been since she was acquired. This is her fourth start for the stable and she dropped from a $10,000 claimer to race in a $7,500 claiming race on the grass at a 9 furlong distance. Like Andrea’s, she too was looked upon favorably by the Massachusetts betting crowd who supported this runner at 4/5 odds. She took positioning in the fifth spot early on in the 7 horse field, which looked to be the ideal place for her. She drifted 7 strides back at the half, which was a bit more than I had hoped for and she’s rarely been this far back at the half before. She caught fire and poured the speed on. She flew to the front and never looked back advancing to a three stride win. A great Prize from her as that is her second win in four starts for the stable. She also dropped other “Prizes” at our doorsteps that included 25 BP’s and a pair of sire cards, flipping to an F-card and a G-card. She is responsible for 82 of the BP’s that the stable has earned.
Making start #8 for the stable, and sticking with us since the start of The Challenge series is BARK AT THE RAIN. She was put into a bottom-of-the-barrel claiming race of $2,000 and shifted from the dirt back to the grass at a 7.5 furlong distance. The 15/1 odds were the highest that have been seen in any of the starts for the stable. When the gate doors opened, he immediately engaged in a five horse battle royale for the lead. The battle was intense and took its toll as only one of the combatants would be strong enough to go on to win the race. The others finished fifth or worse. Bark at the Rain did not win but did finish in fifth. That was good enough to get only 2 BP’s, which incurred a small cost in shipping him between tracks. One G-card was also picked up. I have contemplated letting him go, but the 93 speed in the race is worth hanging on to. I know he’s been over raced so I’ll be shipping him to the farm where I currently have two eligible to move into the stable and a few others resting or near the end of their rest.
Last week, I retired Dancingduncankieth as I had a pair of E-cards that exchanged for a sire share. I ended up with a share in Danbird. The sire was bred with Dancinduncankieth and a filly by the name of DUNCAN BIRD was delivered by the stork. We took her and entered into a 4.5 furlong maiden claiming race with a low tag of $3,000. Only five horses entered the race and Duncan Bird was the longshot at 6/1. She got away fourth but was held in a decent spot, generally within a stride of the leader. The jockey asked her to move as the field moved off the turn into the stretch. She moved to the front and slowly advanced from the field. She won the race, first time out! The win took in 2 G-cards but the bigger part is the bonus payout with first time runners that locked in 50 BP’s!
Overall, a very pleasant week with 2 wins and a third. 92 BP’s this week is the most I believe that were collected since the start of The Challenge. We definitely have better talented horses, primarily through claiming races with a few from auctions. Speaking of which, the stable did pursue a bid at the auction but the price advanced higher than we were willing to pay. A pair of F-cards and 5 G-cards were earned this week, with the G’s traded upward for an F-card. Concluding the week, we have 1 E-card, 3 F-cards and 1 G-card. Getting close to having a pair of E-cards that would allow us to obtain another sire card to breed with. 670 BP’s are now in the bank and growing nicely.
The stable has make some changes as Andrea’s was claimed and I’ve sent Bark at the Rain to the farm for some rest, creating two openings. CREATIVE IMPACTS has been transferred from farm to stable and is an eight time turf winner in 16 grass starts with six wins this year. He’s been over raced a bit this year and I’ll give him a few more weeks at the stable before entering him. KOKETTA is also activated and has raced a bit less this year with only three starts. She’s been solid on the turf with 5 wins in 7 starts and favors the sprint division. We’ll probably see her running in about three weeks.