In my last article, I stated that I was looking at 2 runners this week. Turned out there were three. I overlooked a horse that I entered before departing on that vacation in Myrtle Beach where I suffered under an umbrella on the beach while taking in some adult beverages. So lets see how the trio performed.
HALF LOCO started things off in running in a starter allowance with a tag of $3,000. He was extended a furlong in distance to 12 flanks with hopes to give him a bit more distance to use his closing speed over. He held the fourth spot, out of six, at the 6f midway point, a decent 6 lengths off the lead, which was closer than his previous race. This looked promising and he did not move right away and delayed till the stretch to make a move. He passed tiring horses but the favorite was too much for this 2/1 second choice runner. He finished second and was four off the lead, same losing distance as his prior start. Picked up 17 BP’s with a G-card and has earned over 92 BPs over the 7 starts he’s had for the stable and a 1-3-2 race record.
A sire-card bred horse, DUNCAN BIRD mad her third start for the stable with hopes to add to her 1-1-0 record. She stayed in West Virginia saving in any transportation costs. Running in the same allowance conditions of $34,100-Nw1x but a slightly less distance than her previous start, this time at 5 furlongs compared to 5.5. A bit more competitive field this time as she was at 11/1. She took off and held the second spot for a while but was overcome by her foes and could not keep up. She finished the race in fourth and accepted 10 BP’s and a G-card.
One of my favorite stable runners got her 4th start for the stable this week. KOKETTA entered into an 8.25 furlong, $7,500 tag price in an allowance race on the turf and I was hoping she would add to her 2-1-0 record she had notched thus far. Despite her early speed being set way back to 45, she objected to this setting, and like last week, zipped out to the front. She opened up to three strides by the time the field came off the turn and she cruised to the line on top, easing off a bit to win by just shy of two lengths. The win marked her twelve of her career in 28 lifetime starts. I’m not sure what to think of the early speed setting but she is winning as this is her 2nd in a row. Got a pair of F-cards and 25 BP’s with the victory.
A better outcome than last week. Adding to the 6 F-cards the stable had last week, we now possess 8 F-cards and 2 G-cards. 52 BP’s are always welcomed and the stable now has 523 on hand. Additionally, we hold the share in American Pharoah so the target is now to obtain the DS and DDS to breed what hopefully will be a star and make all these efforts worth it.
Next week there should be 4 horses running, two of which will be looking for repeat wins and another that had a near-miss second and will look to right that.