Four horses went to gate which included a full sister/full brother racing at different tracks, so we will start with them.
RYZA FRANCE is a donated horse by one of the readers who also bred Vyza France, who we will look at in a moment. Ryza has the same father and mother as his sister. Ryza made his second career start which came on the heels of a poor outing in his first race on the turf. This week he was directed to a dirt race at a longer 7.5 furlongs (previous turf was at 5f). In this weeks race, he was in a field of 12 in a MSW. He got a bit of a better start then the turf, where he ran last. This time he was off in 8th but that would be as good as it got. He had nothing, nothing, nothing at all. He finished last and a good dozen lengths behind. The 2 year old will be farmed again for more refreshing and he dropped a G-card on the way over there.
While Ryza France was finishing last in his field, four year old sister VYZA FRANCE was busy finishing on the opposite end. Returning to the track after a two month rest, she entered into another turf race, a surface I tested her on back in February and she has enjoyed racing on the lawn. A three race win streak was on the line and after her rest break, I admit that I was concerned if she would need a start or two to get sharp. Turned out she was excited to be back on the raceway and found a relaxing 6th place position to fall into when the gates opened in the 6f race. At 2/1 she would be the favorite in this $4,000 claiming race and she would slip into the fourth spot as the field hit the half. She patiently and steadily moved forward and would take over the lead in mid-stretch and hit the wire first, a winner by a stride. She now has a four race win streak and is now 5-1-0 on the turf in six starts for the stable (6-2-0 lifetime in 8 starts). Three cards for the win in the larger field flopped out as a pair of G’s and one F. 15 BP’s were a nice addition with over 150 earned since she was obtained in last October.
UNNATURALLY DARK, a four year old colt just got nosed last month in a $4,000 claiming race at 8.5 furlongs. This week, looking for that nose to be the first to hit the line, I was looking for more distance. Finding a 10 furlong race seemed to be worth testing but came at a boost in claiming levels to the $20,000 price tag. He’s never gone more than 8.5 furlongs and the 10/1 shot took off and settled into the second spot. He stayed behind the leader for quite a while, generally 2 or so lengths back. The leader would eventually tire in the final quarter and grant Unnaturally the lead. A late runner would rally through the stretch and leave Unnaturally in his dust. Our horse would finish second, which was pleasing considering the odds and his first try at this distance. Two card picks with an F and a G came along with 10 BPs.
SWEET FOAL OF MINE entered a starter allowance with a tag of $25,000 this week and had a three race win streak on the line (two of the races came while with our stable.) He had a very solid win last month at 8.5 furlongs with the high-end $150,000 claiming group where he knocked off a 107 speed, so the 9 furlong race looked good and so did the starter allowance tag. He left the gate in 10th out of the 14 runners and was the second betting choice at 9/2. Falling behind by 9 strides at the half would be too much to make up. He finished 7th overall and was never a threat in the race. We’ll give him a pass on this performance and hope for better outcomes in the future. No BP’s this week from him and a G-card.
Two year old Vyza France will be heading off for training at the farm and a space is now open in the stable. How’s this for fate…VYZA BOOTS, who the stable claimed in June for $4,000 will be coming to take his place. Getting a bit confusing with all the similar horse names in the barn/stable. Anyway , Boots ia a four year old filly with 10 wins in 21 starts with a very commendable 19 times hitting the board. She should be a quick earner as well as bringing home some cards to help the stable maximize the challenge.
This week, we pulled seven cards with 2 being F’s and 5 G’s. The G’s have been swapped upward for another F, netting a total of 3 F’s for the week. Adding this to the cards already in possession gives the stable a total of 2-D cards, 4-E cards and 4-F cards with 1,327 BP’s in the bank. This upcoming week we’ll be planning to enter three horses.