The Challenge – Weeks 22 & 23

 Posted by at 10:34 pm  General
Jun 172019

Got two weeks to catch up on as I was off to Las Vegas for a vacation.  I did return with my shirt on my back but not much else.  During the past two weeks, five horses were entered and here’s how they performed:

In the first week, only one horse ran, that being UNNATURALLY DARK.  The our year old was added to the stable back in April after making a claim for $2,000 and made his second start for the stable trying to improve on his fifth place finish in his first try at a higher $15,000 claiming level.  He was notched down to a $7,500 price tag and a very short 4.5 furlong distance.  No improvement came as he raced in the middle of the 12 horse field and staggered to a fifth place finish.  No bp’s as travel cost chewed that up and a lonely G-card.

WAR MAMMOTH made his second start for the stable and this auction horse raced previously on the grass.  Switching him up to the dirt in his first start saw improvement in the speed numbers, but the track turned up wet and he finished fourth.  This week, we caught a dry dirt track and kept him at a mile distance while competing in a low $7,500 claiming group.   War Mammoth ran third early on and lost ground in the second half of the race, finishing fourth, which happened to equal last place as it was a small four horse field.   Only 4 BP’s came as a reward along with a G-card.   The dirt experiment with this guy was a bust so we’ll bail out now and throw him into the auction.

The eighth career start for THE CHALLENGE TWO was a charm.   After a trio of starts on the turf, this three year old was returned back to the dirt, competing in a $7,500 claiming race at a mile distance resulted in a career best 93 speed and his second career win.  It came in a field that turned out to be tiny with only four starters and The Challenge Two quickly fell into last after the gate doors opened.  At the half, he was 6 lengths behind but trimmed that to just under four as the field reached the stretch.  The 8/5 second betting choice galloped hard and took the lead and continued to draw off to win by one and a half strides.   37 BP’s came as part of the payout along with 1 G, and 1 F card.

TETE BISMARK, a gelding who won first start for the stable on the turf, then hopped over to the dirt and finished fourth (only time off board on the soil) was re-entered back onto the lawn.  Racing in a 9 furlong starter allowance race,  he faced a decent 8-horse field.  At 7/2, he was the co-second betting choice and left the gate running second.  He slowly lost ground to the pace setter, but did hold the second spot throughout the entire race.  A very nice 104 speed came with the second place finish and a discount in BP’s due to travel cost netted only 5.  But the larger field granted two sire cards which flipped out as 1 G and 1 F.

Residing with the stable since June of last year, SHAUNS STORM has made his last start and will be auctioned off.  In a low end $6,250 sprint dirt claiming race, he ran in the back quarter of the field and never became a factor in the race.  Finishing eighth in the ten horse field, and more than 10 strides back was not appealing, especially after the second start back after a rest break.  He’s been off the board in three straight outings and his release papers have been signed.  No BP’s for the race and a departing G sire card.

There were two vacancies already in the stable and KYRGYZSTAN took one spot.  He was last seen racing on the dirt for the first time where he hit the board three straight races before finishing 6th in an off-track race.  Hoping the break will sharpen him up we’ll be targeting a hopefully dry dirt track.   Rejoining the stable is AP’s GOLDEN MUMMY who is the horse that was bred with the BP’s that were earned last year with top name sires.   He’s hit the board four straight races before finishing off the board 11th in his last start.   He should be ready to run.

With two horses going into the auction this week, that has created another pair of open slots in the stable.   It may take another week to fill those vacancies as there should be two more horses residing at the farm will be ready to return to the raceway.

The past two weeks have resulted in 2-F cards and 5-G cards.  The G cards have been converted into an F card, resulting into 3-F cards.  The stable already has 2 F’s on hand, so that gives enough cards to trade upward to an E.  That now gives the stable 3-D, 1-E and 3 G’s.    BP’s totaled 46 over the past two weeks which has bumped the total to 1179.

Two runners are looking ready to race this week and hopefully we’ll get things rolling again.


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