Before recapping this weeks racing results, I like to periodically remind everyone the objective of The Challenge series of articles, especially new readers. At the start of 2018, I created Thechallenge2 stables and loaded it with 10 miserable runners to simulate what a new player might receive when they start playing the game. The objective I gave the stable was to gain 1,000 BP’s to acquire a top notch sire share to breed with, and if time allowed, acquire more BP’s to also acquire a DS and DDS shares. If all this can be achieved, we can breed and race the horse before year end. We’ve now reached that first goal.
Last week, I retired mare WITH JOY and used a sire share in Mine For Gold that I traded a pair of E-cards the week before. The two year old bred A THOUSAND JOYS (named after the initial goal of this challenge series) was entered this week into a 4.5 furlong dirt race. In a field of 8, the young filly went off at 14/1 and also shot out of the gate and went to the lead. She was challenged early by another longshot who dropped off after passing the half but it would take a humorously named Dingodungo to catch her late in the stretch. So we had a nice first time performance with a second place finish, beat by half a stride and earned two sire cards, both pulled out as G’s. Nice bonus BP payout in her first race and hitting the board of 40 BP’s.
GLDREWARD would be the one that put the stable over the 1,000 mark in BP’s. Making her first start for the stable in a starter allowance ($5,000 tag) going 7.5 furlongs, she was the second betting choice at 2/1. She got good position sitting in second and waited patiently to strike. She easily moved to the front and saw no threat after getting to the lead and drew away to win by 1 3/4 lengths. This is her 5th win of the year (with 2 seconds), a very nice consistent earner, the reason we claimed her. The win in a 9-horse field enabled the selection of three sire cards. 2-G cards and 1 F-card and more importantly, 30 BP’s which pushed the stable over the 1,000 threshold.
After a nice win at 11 furlongs in July, I looked to keep RESERVATION FOR ME at a distance in that proximity. Choices were slim and he ran in a $45,000 claiming event at 12 furlongs. He got away fourth, which is normal for him, so things looked rather good. But after passing the half, the little bugger did not find his kick and just faded back, finishing 6th and a good dozen lengths back. A very poor outing for him and I’ll probably send him to the farm for a rest as two horses should be ready to come back to the stable this week. 1 G-card for this one.
Wrapping up the week was SHAUNS STORM, who made his third start for the stable and was coming off a pair of seconds (one on dirt, one on turf). He ran in a 7 furlong starter allowance ($12,500) tag and was pointed to the dirt for the fourth time in his career. He has done well on the turf and through testing him, he is just as good, and maybe better on the dirt. He broke from the gate slowly, sloshing to the 7th spot out of 8, which was expected as it is his normal style. He responded slowly when asked to move after the half but kicked things up in the stretch, storming to the front and putting the field away by nearly 2 lengths at 5/1, the third choice. 22 BP’s came from this nice runner (who has earned 69 for the stable thus far). Three sire cards were drawn and hit a jackpot with a D-card being picked along with an F and a G-card.
For the week, a massive 92 BP’s were earned and the stable total is now at 1,051. The highest card to date was drawn during this week too. So card wise, when added to the 3-G cards on hand last week, gives the stable 1-D, 2-F, 6-G’s.
READER INPUT NEEDED
This is the time I’m looking for input from the BTB readers. I’m looking for suggestions on which top-notch sire the stable should spend those 1,000 BP’s on. Keep in mind that down the road we’ll need to get both DS and DDS shares with a target of breeding and racing the horse before year end.
Please post your suggestions and maybe we’ll find one of those sires at a bit of a discount…heck, I may be dreaming, but it’s possible that Giant’s Causeway could drop…maybe…maybe..lucky if it hits 999. So please post your suggestion to this article. Thanks in advance for your input!