The Challenge-Week 5

 Posted by at 9:59 am  General
Feb 032019

The fourth week of the year was not one that reeked of profits.  It actually reeked of something else, but we won’t go there.

I was looking at 3 entries this week and a 4th horse turned up ready to run and I went with it.   We did lose one horse this week which was ALWAYS CONFLICTED.   The 6-year old entered into a $3,000 claiming and left the race in the possession of someone else as he was claimed.  I placed him into a dirt race, the first time he walked the soil in his 37 race career.  He was the 2nd choice with bettors at 3/1  and ran rather flatly, pretty much 4th position in the field of 13 throughout the race with a speed of 86.  This was his 4th start in a sprint, so maybe longer would have been better.   Still the speed number was his lowest since being a 2 year old.   In 4 races with the stable his best finish was a third.    He departs leaving behind 10 BP’s and a G-card.

ANCESTRY NULL joined the stable last month through a claim and has the ability to run on both dirt and turf.  I placed her on the dirt in a $15,000 starter allowance race at a distance of 8.5f.   A short field of 6 saw her drifting off to the fifth spot early on but she had no problem moving up to take the lead and win in the final quarter mile with a 102 speed.   She is the rose between the thorns of runners this week.   We earned 30 BP’s and an F-card and a G-card.

I had lots of hopes with BRED TO CHALLENGE.  He’s the horse that was bred with the Lope De Vega share I acquired at the end of 2018 and bred to a mare with the Galileo x Kris S. bloodline.   Bred to Challenge had his first start in a 5f MSW and was the second choice at 7/2 in the 13 horse field.  He took a  mid-field position in the early going but disappointment came as he had no late drive, finish fifth overall, three strides off the winner.   Did get 10 BP’s and a G-card but the outcome was a big let down.

Recently acquired SKORPIOVENTOR made his debut for the stable running on a good dirt track.  He stayed at QLD and at the 7f distance, the same as the race he was claimed from.  That race was also a good surface and the only difference was this race was with $35,000 claimers opposed to the previous tag of $7,500.   He started the race slowly and moved up a few spots by the end of the race.  The position game was not by effort but by horses tiring and dropping off behind him.   A poor outing, finishing 6th.  We’ll look for better placement next time in lower claiming tags and for a drier track surface.   No BP’s from this one and a sole G-card.


50 BP’s is ok for the week, largely coming from one horse.   1-F card and 3 G-cards advance the card total to 4 F’s and 4 G’s  (Editors Correction, accumulated cards are at 1-E, 5-F and 7-G) and a total of 388 BP’s.

With the open spot in the stable as a result of Always Conflicted being claimed, I have moved NIANG from the farm to the stable.   He’s been resting at the farm for a while and has done well for the stable in the past in a mix of allowance and claiming races.   Speeds, for the most part have been in the 100+ range and I’m happy to have him back in the lineup.

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