We’re into the 45th week of The Challenge series. The series started at the beginning of the year by filling a stable with runners to simulate what a new stable may be allocated. The objective was to make 1,000 BP’s and acquire a top notch sire share with a secondary target of obtaining DS and DDS shares to breed a very nice runner.
The 1,000 BP objective was met and the stable was able to acquire a share in American Pharoah for around 700 BP’s, perhaps a hair less. This left a nice 300 or so BP’s to work on the DS and that came in short order in the form of AP Indy. The final piece was completed almost 2 weeks ago with Mr. Prospector being obtained as the DDS.
Readers were asked for suggested names and several that were offered had already been used. Taking the most popular names & themes that were suggested, we now have a 2 year old colt named AP’S GOLDEN MUMMY. For those interested in watching his debut race, he is scheduled to race on Wednesday in CA in a 6 furlong dirt race. I’m pretty excited and hope for a nice first time outing for him.
This week, I had two horses entered and it was a marvelous week as both brought home wins! RESERVATION FOR ME ran on the wet turf in his last start and had an ok second at 12f. He was brought back to the dirt in a $7,500 starter allowance dirt event and chipped the distance back to 10.5 furlongs. He settled into third at the start and seemed relaxed in that spot in a field of 8 runners. He gradually made a move that got a tad stronger in the stretch and overtook the front runner in the final furlong to win by 3/4 of a stride and a nice 101 speed. 2 G-cards and 1-F card came with the win as well as 22 BP’s.
The next win came from VYZA FRANCE who now has a lifetime record of 7-6-0 in 18 races. This was her first start for the stable after being claimed in a $4,000 race finishing 2nd at 4.5 furlongs and 84 speed. This week I placed her in a $7,500 claiming race and pushed her to 7 furlongs. She ran a similar race style as Reservation For Me did (above)and took to the third position and rallied to take the lead and bring it into the stretch and won by well over a length. With the 5-horse field, we could only lie claim to two sire cards, both being G-card variety. A bigger reward came with the BP’s in the form of 37 being handed over to the stable.
So we gaind4 G-cards and 1 F to add to the 9 G’s that we ended last week with. I traded 10-G’s in and as the cards settle, the stable now owns 3-F cards and 3-G cards. A total of 175 BP’s are on hand.
With the objective of breeding a quality now accomplished, I’m hopeful of amassing enough BP’s by year end to acquire a decent sire share to wrap up the year (and make the holidays very Merry!).
The stable racing record is far better than I envisioned. In 149 races, there have been 30 wins (20.1%), 35 seconds and 16 thirds (54.4%). My guess would have been somewhere in the 10-15% range for wins and around 40% ITM at the start of the year. No doubt the two wins this week boosted the win % over 20%.