The Challenge-Week 9

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Mar 032019

Into week 9 and still working on growing the cards and with three runners this week, all having top three finishes, the card tally grows!

FROST ADVISORY,  a filly that was bred last season by trading in some sire cards and breeding with a retired mare and was named as the station on the television announced a frost advisory.  She made her fourth start in a Non-winner of three lifetime, a condition a step higher as she’s eligible for NW2L, with the race being a rock bottom claiming with a $2,000 price tag.  She also ran in the rock bottom distance of 4.5 furlongs and I’ve been somewhat reluctant to move her longer as she has done well at the small sprints but at some point we’ll extend her.  The field had 5 runners and our lady was the third choice at 3/1.   She took a seat in the second spot when the gate opened and kept pressure on the leader.  She easily took over command and drove home to win by 1/2-length.  In four starts, she has a 2-2-0 record.  The speed of 76 was not a prize but for a low end claimer, she has done well and staying at the MA race track maximized the BP’s to a total of 40 for the race and she had collected more than 140 in her career.  Two sire cards came with the win, both G-cards.

Making his seventh start for the stable this week is THIRSTY ARCHIE.  He was also entered in a low claiming race with a $3,500 tag and took on the short 4.5 furlong distance.  He stayed in KY and in his last start he raced in a turf event for the first time in his career which he won.   This week I opted to keep him on the turf again hoping that he is truly a multi-surface runner.   The fast front runner got into an early dual which by the half way point he shrugged off his foe and took sole possession of the lead.  The 3/1 favorite would extend the lead to just under 2 strides and put things into cruise control and crossed the line on top by 3/4 of a length.  The speed of 93 was very similar to his last turf outing (94) and has improved his record to 3-3-0 with 8 starts while residing at the stable.  The 11 horse field allowed the selection of 3 sire cards.  Two were flipped as G and one was an F card.  As for BP’s the old timer got 25 this week  and has earned nearly 130 for the stable.

A horse that has finished first or second in every start dating back to May of last year (and prior to being obtained by the stable) VYZA FRANCE was looking to extend this record. A huge field of 14 awaited our filly who was positioned in a 5 furlong, $2,000 claiming race.  She looks to be capable of running both surfaces and after scoring a win in a 7.5f claimer on the turf last month, I went for the surface again.   She quickly took a mid-field position upon the start of the race.  Notched as the 3/1 second choice in the race provided some promise and she made a steady move toward the front upon hitting the stretch.  She gained on the leader but could not get the top spot, finishing second behind the favorite and coming up short by half a length.  A pair of sire cards were earned and again we pulled the low end G-sire cards.   17 BP’s were picked up in the race, not bad for a second place finish.

Summarizing the gains for the week:  Sire cards totaled 1-F and 6-G.  Adding these to the cards already on hand brings the total to 3-E, 4-F and 8-G.   Trading the G’s upward (trades are in sets of 5-cards) moves the F total to 5, which is traded in for an E.  After all the trades, the stable has 4-E and 3 G cards.    As for the BP’s, 82 were earned this week and the total on hand is a very nice 613.

The goal is to accumulate the highest cards possible by year end to trade in for a sire share and using the BP’s to fill in the DS and DSS to breed what is hoped to be a nice horse.  However, trading in sire cards is a gamble so it could be a disappointment in the end.  Time will tell.

This coming week I have three horses looking to race which includes AP’s Golden Mummy.  This is the horse that was bred in last years challenge using American Pharoah as the sire.  He’s finished second and both starts and we’ll be hoping he’ll find a way to break his maiden.

3-E, 3-F and 2-G

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