The Challenge – Week 44

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Nov 032019

The calendar flipped once again and we now find ourselves in the month of November.  Where has this year gone?   Not sure where it has gone, but I do know where this weeks runners have gone, so we may as well look at them and forget about pondering about the past year.

Three horses raced this week and we start off with PUCHADOR who was recently obtained out of a $5,000 claiming race.  He made his firs start for the stable in a much higher $30,000 claiming as choices weren’t too appealing and he was pretty much outclassed.  Despite being outclassed, he was sent off as the second choice at 3/1.   He kept close to the front in the 6f race and slacked off a bit at the end, finishing fourth.    Shipping the horse to enter into this race cost plenty that there were no BP’s collected.  One sire card which was an F card.

In his 9th start for the stable, UNNATURALLY DARK finished second for the fifth time and has a record of 1-5-0.   Right from the start, he settled into a mid-field fifth in the low-end claiming race.  He did manage to move into second by the end of the race, but 2 strides off the winner and he actually tailed back by the end of the race, but we’ll take the result.   The 10-horse field allowed an extra sire card to be picked and we pulled a pair of G-cards.   But we did get some BP’s from this runner, 20 of them in fact, as he stayed in Ohio where he last raced, so no shipping costs with this one.

The week ended with THIRSTY ARCHIE entering the gate.   He has been with the stable since September, 2018 when he was claimed for a bargain price of $2,500.   He has pretty much stayed in low end claimers with the stable and this week was no exception as he went off at 6/1 in a 6 furlong race with a claim tag of $3,500.   He does what he always does and that was go straight out to the lead.  He looked very good out there and had a promising 2 length lead going into the stretch.   But horses would be coming after him from behind and a trio of them would glide on past and left Archie to plop across the line in fourth.   He finished with a speed of 89 and this is his third straight race with speeds below 90 and also finishing off the board.  Sorry to say, it’s time to depart ways.    He’s done very well while with the stable, racing 15 times with appearances on both the turf and grass.   He scored a record of 6-4-1 during his stay and brought in 233 BP’s including a final 7 this week.   We also pulled on sire card and wait for it….wait for it….It was an E-card!!!  We haven’t pulled anything higher than an F in a long time!


VYZA FRANCE will rejoin the stable.  She had been rewarded a rest after having a long 6-race win streak snapped in the later part of September.   She’ll train for about two weeks and hope that the rest did her well.

Summarizing the week, there were 27 BP’s collected which the stable now holds a nice 1,888.   Card-wise, we got a mixed suit of 2-G’s, 1-F and 1-E.    The G’s will join three others already on hand, giving a total of 5…good enough to trade in for an F.   Grand total on hand:  4-D, 2-E and 2-F.



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