Not the best of weeks this week with three horses entered and only one finishing in the top three. We’ll start off with BRED TO CHALLENGE, who is a two year old Lope De Vega bred runner that was bred at the end of last years Challenge series by using up some left over credits with one of my retired mares, Miss Albany (gave the back end of Galileo x Kris. S.). After a near two month break, he came back to run at 5.5 furlongs, a distance he caught back-to-back wins prior to this race. Going in the NW3L. Racing in a field of six, he got off to an awful slow start, dropping to the rear. He’s been running mid-field all along and perhaps we can blame the jockey for the poor early positioning. He did move up two spots by the conclusion of the event which earned 7 BP’s along with a G-card. For now, he’ll go back to the farm as we’ll gently work the youngster along.
FROST ADVISORY was not expected to do much as she found no support from bettors who left her entering the gate at 25/1. She was moved back to the dirt after winning two of three starts on the grass as she has proven well on the dirt too. More or less I was looking to see if there would be a speed boost coming back to the soil. In the seven horse field, he ran fifth for a good chunk of the race which was at 6.5 furlongs. Although she lost some ground in the stretch, she watched others tire behind here granting her a third pace finish. She ran an 85 speed which was a nice boost from 76 in her previous dirt race but not much of a boost from 82 in her last grass start. Top BP’s for the week came from Frost with 20 in the $17,500 claiming race and there was no transportation cost as she stayed in WV. 1-sire card which was another G-card. One aspect to point out is that she raced against older horses, which would explain the higher odds.
THIRSTY ARCHIE is a horse that I switched to the grass and has been very successful on the turf. This week I brought him back to the dirt, where he has also been good on (winning 12 of 35 dirt races) and in a cheap $2,500 claiming race. After showing off his early speed he didn’t have much to carry him through to the end of the 5.5 furlong race and finished fifth as the co-second choice at 9/2. He’s been racing since October for the stable and in 13 starts, has a record of 6-4-1 with 236 BP’s earned over this stint. It’s time to give him a well earned rest so he’s shipping out to the farm. No BP’s this week as transportation costs took the small amount that would have been earned and a G-card wrapped up the week.
Two horses going to the farm has created spaces to move a pair out of the farm. BEARLY A DADDY will move to the stable and make his first start for the stable. He was claimed out of a $2,000 claiming race at the end of June and has 11 races in 32 races. He likes long distances and will bring a four race win streak into his next start.
CHUANDONGOELURUS will return to the starting lineup after being farmed since the end of May. The late runner won a pair of races before faltering in his last start which gave him a rest. He’s been competing in starter allowance level and will still be eligible at that level for another month or so.
Three G cards go along with the other cards on hand which include 2-D cards, 4-E cards and 1-F card. 27 BP’s for the week move the grand total to 1,302. This coming week looks to include four runners.