The Challenge – Week 15

 Posted by at 9:44 pm  General
Apr 132019

Well gang, we lost one this week.   We lost ANCESTRY NULL in a claiming race.   The stable claimed her out of a turf race for $3,500, a race she had won.   In her first three races for the stable, she ran in a series of dirt starter allowance events and won each one.  This week, she was shifted back to the turf in in a $17,500 claiming race and was the second choice at 7/2.   She dragged her feet out of the starting gate and fell to the 8th spot out of nine runners and made a very nice and powerful run in the 9f race and took the lead as she entered the stretch and drew off to a win by nearly three lengths.    There were three trainers making claims on this runner and we will miss her greatly.  She won all four starts for the stable and is on a five race win streak.   This lady earned us 85 BP’s including 15 this week.  As for sire cards, the large field and win gave us three cards with the flip being 1-F and 2-G’s.

SKORPIOVENATOR has made her last run for the stable.  She made her fourth start for the stable and this week was in a $5,000 claiming event.  She went straight to the top when the gates opened but lacked the stamina in the stretch and held on to get fifth.  This gal has been experiencing a downward trend in speeds.  She was at 95 when she was obtained and flushed down to 88.  During her stay she did deliver a second and third.  No BP’s were earned this week despite finishing fifth as travel costs chewed the small amount up that we could have collected.   She earned 20 BP’s in the four starts that we had her for and goes into the auction leaving behind a G-card.

Wrapping up the week is our third runner and the only male to step on the track from the stable, CHUANDONGOELURUS.   With an early speed setting of 49, this guy made his second start for the stable dropping in distance from 9f to 7.5f.  He also dropped in the starter allowance tag where I had him too high in his last race at $60,000 down to this weeks $5,000.   At 9/2 odds, he was the third betting choice in the nine horse field.  As for results, he delivered.  Racing and holding the third spot throughout a long journey of the race, he made a nice steady move and flowed his way to the top and won rather easily by over a stride and sported a 100 speed in the process.   The winner collected 15 BP’s and three cards which were 1-F and 2-G’s.

Time to fill some positions.    TETE BISMARK will fill the stable spot vacated by Ancestry Null.   This runner was added to the farm upon being claimed on March 23 and has been ITM 19 of 27 turf starts and all four of his dirt starts.   He’s been kicking 100+ speeds very frequently but racing in high end claiming races just has been a bit too much for him and not delivering wins.  We were lucky to  nail him in a $2,000 claiming race where he finished third but was on an offtrack which we can forgive him on that one.  I’ll be looking to collect some chips in the starter allowance level.

Rejoining the stable from the farm is BRED TO CHALLENGE.  This runner will be making his second start as a two year old.  He was bred by using over 300-BP’s that were left from last year’s challenge which gained us a share in sire Lope De Vega.  His mother is ten time winner Miss Albany who added grass running Galileo x Kris S to the backend of the the pedigree.  He ran flatly in his debut, finishing fifth and hoping his next start in a couple of weeks will bear improvement.


This week 5 G-cards were earned which was traded in for an F-card, which nets into a total of 3-F cards when added to the other two that were picked.   Added to the cards already on hand pushes my F-card tally to 7, so five of those have been exchanged for an E-card.   The total cards now on hand are  2-D,  1-E, 2-F and 1-G.

BP’s totaled 30 for the week and the stable now has 794 on hand.   Next week there should be another three horses rested and ready to run.   As for the farm, there are only two horses located there with one ready to join the stable should there be another vacancy.  I’ll be looking to add another one or two to the farm to have ready to fill vacancies.   We’ve had a few horses claimed in recent weeks so to achieve our mission of earning sire cards and upgrading those for the best sire share we can obtain by year end, the farm needs to have some bodies there as virtually all of our runners are of claiming quality.

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