Week 31 is upon us and at track side, the results were far from being the best. The stable also started the week with one empty slot with a handful resting in the farm, none ready to move out.
WITH JOY was one of only two runners this week and kicked things off by running in a dirt $2,00 claiming race going a mile. She has been effective on the dirt, winning 11 of 29 and ITM 21 times on the surface. This was her first start for the stable and coming off the race he was claimed from, a turf event. The switch back to dirt was reasonable and considering she’s been racing quite a bit in allowance races, the claiming level should have given her some class benefit. She was sent to the gate at 4/1 and third choice. I sliced back her early speed to 80 as she was getting beat up in the stretch. She settled into the fourth spot when the gate opened and that put her in a spot I was shooting for. But as the field moved to the back end of the race, the energy I hoped she preserved was not there and she faded and finished in 9th. Not a good outcome and the 86 speed figure wasn’t welcoming. She will be used for other purposes which I will get to in a few moments. One G-sire card came out of the race.
The 9/2 BABS SEEKING LUCK was again difficult to place in a race and actually bumped up into a $30,000 claiming race after finishing poorly in the $20,000 level. Still, I wanted to try to earn something from him and he got off to his normal slow start. He was 11 off the lead at both the 2nd and 3rd call but made up some ground in the stretch run of the 9-furlong race to finish fourth. Losing by over six lengths, he just was not competitive but I think if I can find a cheaper claiming race he could deliver. The 97 speed was a bump from 86 back in May. So maybe something nice will come in the next start….sometimes you just get that after a rest with the second start. We’ll see. So we picked up a G-card and no BP’s do to traveling costs. Again, he was hard to place in a race and perhaps by shifting regions we’ll find something better next time.
Last week, I traded in sire cards and got a low end E-sire by the name of MINE FOR GOLD out of Mineshaft. Getting back to With Joy, she has been retired and mated with Mine For Gold. I bred a two year old filly and was named A THOUSAND JOYS. Hopefully, the name will be bring us good luck. So she has the Mineshaft bloodline in her but there might be a little more of a bang as the DDS is Seattle Slew. She’ll be directed to a dirt race this week.
So I still have a vacancy in the stable as A Thousand Joys took the place of her mother, With Joy. I’ve created another vacancy as I have opted to auction off two-year old FLUSH THE TOILET who could not finish better than 6th in either a dirt and turf race.
Two horses were acquired this week, both female. CLARENCE COUNCIL, a five year old, has been racing in high end claiming races in her last two starts and off the board in both. She has done better in the lower end claiming races and that is where she’ll be directed. She was picked up out of the auction at a cost of just under $5,200.
The stable also picked up MEGA GRACE from a $5,000 claiming race where she was the victor. This 5 year old has won seven times in 31 starts and has been ITM 17 times. She’s raced at much higher levels and this weeks race was the lowest level she has ever appeared in. I think she’ll be a decent BP earner and she’s now eligible for low end tags in the starter allowance races. She cost 10 BP’s to make the claim.
So for the week, 2 G-sire cards were pocketed and the stable owns only three cards, all G’s. 10 BP’s were paid out on the claim with none earned this week, reducing the total to 959.
Next week I’m looking at a potential of 4 runners, one being our new bred A Thousand Joys. I’m hoping that she does well in her debut as we could pull in some bonus BP’s in her first start if she scores. Some good performances could push the BP total over 1,000 and finally hit the target of the challenge!