The Challenge – Week 37

 Posted by at 8:32 pm  General
Sep 192019

A little late with this past weeks update, but hey, it was our 25th wedding anniversary and had to take the misses away for a few days to celebrate.

We’ll start with BEARLY A DADDY who bearly stayed long with the stable as he was claimed away.  Coming into the week, he had two starts for the stable with a third and most recently a win.  This week he was in a 9-furlong claiming race with a price of $7,500.   The turf was in terrible condition and was certified as yielding.  In the 8-horse field, Daddy took straight to the lead and never looked back.  At the half he controlled the field by two strides and stretched out to win by more than three and a speed of 94, winning his second straight for the stable and second career win on an off track.    The 8/5 favorite dropped three cards in is path out the door (1 F, 2 G) as well as 22 BP’s.   Total  BP’s he earned over his short stay was 61…Thanks Daddy!

BRED TO CHALLENGE was a horse bred by exchanging some BP’s at the end of last year and bred to a mare held within one of my barns.  The sire, Lope De Vega, has many children favoring the turf and that is where this colt has been racing.  He entered into an allowance race at a distance of 8.5 furlongs, going the route for the first time.   He ran off the leader early on and as the field passed the half, the challenge in him faded and he finished a mid-field 5th in the ten horse field, nearly 10 lengths off the winner.   Looking at his history, he seems to be more competitive lying low in the early going so I am setting the early speed to 40 and dropping the “jockey select” to see if that makes a difference.  I’ll probably shorten him up a bit in distance too as he may not be ready for the mile and up distances yet.  No BP’s as traveling costs gobbled that up and 1-G card.

Five time winner in ten starts and racing in a $15,000 claiming race this week was FROST ADVISORY.  This filly came off a win last week matching her career high speed of 91 and looking to improve on that in the 6-furlong race.   Frost took to the rear quarter of the field as the field fired out of the gate.  She was about three lengths off the leader at the half and made a lukewarm effort to advance.   She finished third, two lengths off the winner, and pretty much got the top-three finish by passing tired horses.   An underdog in the race at 13/1 so can’t complain with that outcome.   She earned two sire cards with the larger field, both being G’s as well as 17 BP’s.

The cards for the week totaled 5-G’s and 1 F.  The G’s have been traded in for an F, which nets 2 for the week.  The stable had 4-F’s last week and now has 6, so 5 have been exchanged for an E card, which gives the cards on hand as:  3-D’s, 4-E’s, and 1-F.  Thirty-nine BP’s have nudged the total on hand to 1,712.

The void in the stable left by Bearly a Daddy has been filed with GODS ARE.   This is a five year old gelding that was claimed in a $2,000 claiming race back in June (dropping way down from ($100,000) and finishing second.  He has a knack of knocking off speeds of 100 and over and has been competing at distances of about a mile.  He’s eligible for low end starter allowance races where I expect him to do well, especially after a rest.   He should be ready to run in about two weeks.


Next week, I’m looking at three entries and might make a claim or two.

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