The Challenge – Week 42

 Posted by at 8:21 pm  General
Oct 202019

Three horses were entered into races this week and all three came back to the stables after the race so we escaped having one claimed this week.  We’ll start with GREAT FAPP who is a four year old colt that was added to the stable back in June and made his first start for the stable after a decent layoff.  He was placed in an allowance race, hoping the 103 speed what he ran in the race that he was claimed from would be good for the hike in class.   He was 9/1 in a field of 11 going 6.5 furlongs on the turf.  He got off to a slow start and ran near the back of the field in the early stages.  He made a moderate late run in the stretch and finished fifth with a 99 speed.   I’m hoping for a better outcome in his second start after the layoff.    He won the claiming race that he was claimed out of by running on the lead the entire time.   I’m setting his jockey directions to 80 to see if he can find better positioning near the lead and hope we can get something better in the next start.    Shipping costs took away any small BP’s that normally come with a 5th place finish and only one sire card flipping as a G

HENNY YOUGMAN ran a nice 105 speed going a mile in his last start in the starter allowance group.  This week he ran a slice shorter at 7 flanks and in a $17,500 claiming race as he was no longer eligible for the starter allowance level.   At 3/1 he was the second betting choice in the 11 horse field.   He found a mid-field spot to settle into and sat there for a good part of the first half of the race.  Past the half, he became aggressive and made an effort to gain on the leaders.  The move worked well as he took the lead in the stretch and was the victor by more than a length.   He’s been on the board in all four starts with the stable and this was his first win for us, and 11th overall.   The win came with 15 BP’s and a trio of sire cards, 2-G’s and 1-F.

RESERVATION FOR ME has been with the stable since being claimed in May 2018.  The 6 year old just made his 13th start for the stable running a long 10.5 furlongs and in a claiming race with a $25,000 tag.  He race very flatly during the race and there is not much to write about as he was never a factor and finished fifth in the 8-horse field.  The 9/1 odds were never promising and I believe he’s been racing over his head.  Time to dump him to lower claiming races.   Another one with zippo in the BP category due to shipping costs and another popular G-sire card.

So we netted four G-cards and they get added to the four already on hand, allowing an upward exchange for 1-F card.  So that card joins the one from last week and another earned this week to make three.   Cards now being held are 4-D, 3-F and 3-G.

BP’s totaled a lowly 15 and bring the banked total to 1,794.

Yup, we are in a slump.  Just a few weeks ago every starter won.  Now we leave the track shaking our head over the past two weeks.   Hopefully things will turn around next week with three horses gearing up to take to the track.


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