Week 10 of the Challenge was a big one. Last year, the goal of the Challenge series was to earn enough BP’s to breed a top line horse. That was accomplished with AP’s GOLDEN MUMMY being bred with the line of American Pharoah x A.P. Indy x Mr. Prospector. Well, after snagging a pair of seconds in his first two starts, this weekend turned out big for our promising young one. He switched tracks from CA (where he had both starts leading into this weekend) and traveled for the first time and shipped to NM where he was moved up in distance to 7 furlongs (from 6). The field of 11 watched him get the edge out of the gate and he took the lead with very little difficulty. By the time he reached the half, he had a lead of nearly 2 lengths. From there he relaxed a bit and had no challengers and went on to win by a stride and a half as the 2/1 choice. His speed bumped up to 90 and he has done very well for the stable. The win brought 37 BP’s along with a trio of G sire cards.
KYRGYZSTAN has been racing in the starter allowance class for some time and this week he dropped from $60,000 to $7,500 in hopes to improve on the third place finish he had in his last start, which was the first time he ran on the dirt….and that came with an impressive 104 speed. He held a mid-field position for a good chunk of the first half of the mile distance and then made progress to eventually move to the front and take the lead. That didn’t last too long for the second choice at 5/2 as he was caught in the stretch but held on for a second place finish with a solid 105 speed. The race pretty much firms up that the last start on the dirt was no fluke and he is good to race on the soil. 10 BP’s were trimmed a bit with travel cost but the 11-horse field allowed the taking of 2 sire cards. A big draw on this as we picked up a D-sire card with the very common G-crard.
SHAUNS STORM was disappointing as he moved back to the dirt and ran in a cheap $2,500 claiming race. he race in the back quarter of the field, well off the lead and managed to finish in fifth. No effort on his part to get to the fifth position as he only benefited from horses in front of him tiring and dropping out. The ffth place spot delivered only 2 BP’s as well as a G card. I’m planning to send him to the farm for a rest break and will review my options as two horses in the farm should be finished resting this week and able to fill that spot.
So this weeks tally of cards brougth 1-D and 5-G. I’ve traded in the G’s for an F card and that brings the cards on hand to: 1-D, 4-E, 1-F, 3G. The cards are growing nicely and the objective of the Challenge is to trade whatever we have on hand for what we hope will be a nice sire share by year end.
As for the BP’s (which are planned to be used to supplement the random sire share we get at year end to acquire a DS & DDS), this week brought 49 BP’s and advances the total on hand to 662.
This coming week, I’m looking at four horses that should be ready to race and hopefully deliver some profits!