A short week for Thechallenge2 stable with only two horses put to work this week. First time runner for the stable, SWEET FOAL OF MINE was picked up in April via a $10,000 claim in a race that he won going a mile with a very impressive 104 speed. Looking to capitalize on the claiming level, and being protective of him, he was placed into another turf race at a distance of 8.25 furlongs in a starter allowance. The jackrabbit in the race exploded out of the gate and left our 7/5 favorite nearly 5 lengths back, running second, by the quarter pole. Sweet Foal fell further back by the half, just over 7 strides but still held the second spot. He started to turn on the jet rockets and sliced the deficit to just a bit more than 4 lengths as the field hit the stretch. This guy was strong and took the lead and crossed the line with the nearest horse almost 2 strides back. A very great start for this guy who notched a 105 speed and picked up his 7th career win in 25 starts. 30 BP’s from the win and two sire cards that generated a G-card and an F-card.
THIRSTY ARCHIE was the other runner this week and after having a tight fight in his last start where he engaged in a front battle for the lead and dried out to a third hopes were hanging out there for amends to be made. He was placed into a $2,000 local bred claiming race going on the turf for the 6th time in his 40-race career, with all turf outing coming at the hands of our stable. He was at 5/1 in a very competitive field where the favorite was a high 4/1. Thirsty left the gate in second and ran along side the pace setter and eventually nudged his way to the lead as the field hit the stretch. The lead lasted for a blink of an eye as another horse was gaining rapidly and swiped the lead away from Thirsty. Finishing second in the race was fine as he continues to hit the board in all of his turf outings. 20 more BP’s from him (132 in total on the turf and 69 in dirt races) and his consistency continues. 2 sire cards for the large 11 fields.
A very nice week and a turn around from the last two weeks with 50 BP’s and 3-G and an F-card. Total cards on hand are 3-D, 2-F and 3-G with an impressive 1133 BP’s bankrolled.
The stable has two slots opened and I’m looking to move horses from the farm back to the lineup with one available in about a week and another the week after. A bit frustrating not having the stable full however the benefit may be having strong horses coming back after a nice rest. Two horses will be slotted this week and hope to get a windfall of nice cards as the challenge this year is to collect, upgrade the cards and get a nice sire share. Where are those A-B-C cards????