The Challenge – Week 24

 Posted by at 8:09 pm  General
Jun 242019

A short week of racing with only a pair of horses starting.  SWEET FOAL OF MINE, a five year old gelding was entered into an 8.5 furlong claiming race, with a very rich $150,000 claiming tag.  It’s been a long time since the stable had a horse pushed that high.   He was claimed back in April for a price of $10,000 in a mile race that he won.   His first start for the stable was in a starter allowance with the same tag price, with a distance of 8.25 furlongs.  He was a decent distance off the leader in that race but came on strong and took the win.   This week he sought his third straight….and it came.  He found himself a good 7 strides off the leader at the half way point, which was the same distance as his prior race that he won.  He made a steady drive towards the lead and was nearly four back as the field hit the stretch.  He fired through the stretch and as the 5/2 second choice, took the lead and won by more than a full stride.    The BP’s got chewed up a bit with travel costs, netting 15.  He did extremely well with the boost in claiming levels and popped a 107 speed.   Field of 7 allowed two card selections, both being G’s.   Now a question for the readers…should we move this one into allowance company next, or keep in the higher claiming/starter allowance levels?

THIRSTY ARCHIE is also a five year old gelding and was converted to the grass after a long history of dirt races.  Coming into this week, he had a record of 4-1-1 and hit the board in all 6 grass runs and proofing to be a success story.   Sticking with the grass, he was directed into another $2.000 claiming race and stayed at the KY track, which saved on all travel expenses.  The distance was a short 4.5f, a drop of a notch from the 5.5f he ran earlier in the month.   He went to the lead right away and was pressured up until the half where he was able to break away but could only get roughly a stride ahead before facing a challenge from the 7/2 second choice who battled Archie to the wire.  Archie, the 2/1 favorite had the nose that hit the line first and earned his fifth win on the grass, as well as his 17th career win.  A total of six wins came while held within Thechallenge2 stables.  25 BP’s were a nice addition for the win and the 10-horse field rewarded the stable with 3 sire cards.  2 were G’s, 1 was an F.

Total BP’s were 40 with 4-G cards and 1-F card.  1,219 BP’s are growing in the bank and as for cards, after adding the G-cards to those already on hand, and trading a few in, the stable has:  3-D, 1-E, 2-F, 2-G.

A pair of horses are done resting at the farm and have been carted over to the stable.   FROST ADVISORY was bred last year trading in sire cards and breeding to a mare that the stable retired.  This lady has a record of 4-2-0 in seven starts in a mix of dirt and turf races.   While she is not a superstar, as she has been in claiming races, she has held her own and will be trained for a week or two and continue with her success….I hope.

VYZA FRANCE is another horse that was repointed to the turf after a long series of dirt races.  Success has come as reflected in her 5-2-0 record in seven starts.  She has won her last three races and was given a few weeks break.   We’re looking for this success story to continue.

The adventure continues this week but on a small scale with two horses sharpening up for a start if a decent field can be found.


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  2 Responses to “The Challenge – Week 24”

  1. Sweet Foal of Mine is a nice problem to have

    Just my opinion, but my thoughts are

    Definitely leave the starter option checked and live in hope that one surfaces on the radar

    It would be sad to lose him, so I’d be tempted to remove the claim option normally (at least for next start), but as points are the target, consider setting a minimum claim of $75k or perhaps higher

    It can’t hurt to explore the allowances. I’ve noticed (for reasons beyond my comprehension) that 8.25f races often draw small fields, and he’s racing in career best form

    Don’t think I’ve helped much with my ‘consider everything’ thoughts, bit I’ll be interested in watching what you do next

    • Thanks for the advice, Kyogle. The horse has been doing extremely well and perhaps snagging it for $10k in a claimer was a bargain. With my regular horses, I’d be tapping the allowance group with this one, but since this Challenge series has a goal, I’ve been more focused on that objective. But this one has opened some doors and finding the correct one has become a nice challenge to be presented with. Heck, could even get greedy and look for a listed stake race.

      I’m most likely going to heed towards the starter allowance and high end claiming as you denoted. The high end claiming would be one way to avoid losing him as a lot of players don’t like to shed the BP costs that come with the price tag.

      Thanks for your insight!