It’s week eight which means the season is nearing its halfway point. As far as season’s go, this one has seemed to go pretty quickly. I hit the $1 million in purse money before this week and my stats though not as good as they have been, are still above 20/51 for wins/OTB which isn’t shabby at all.
I made my week by winning a claim in Alaska involving this filly who is a “star” and a daughter of broodmare sire West. She’s out of Figment, a daughter of Magician who’s put out some nice ones like Hot Neville and Tebow. I’m lukewarm on Figment but I really liked the West/Magician cross for breeding. She might go this season to Dr. Ghazi who meshes well with West, just look at Perfect Sunday. I’ve never done that well in “shakes” so I was relieved I was the only one willing to spring $75k for a very nice filly.
Three horses ran stakes on Monday and all three placed second! Pretty good actually considering the competition each faced in their respective divisions.
Tina Sparkles is a bit of an underachiever for her swift works including 59.87 and 1:25.76 but had captured one stakes. She floundered a bit in the paceless Will Yourself Stakes and missed by a length to a nicely developing filly. She seemed to like going a bit longer so she’ll do that next time even if it’s not in a stakes.
Princess Grace had been doing what she’s done every season which is starting off slowly. But in the Lady Stakes she was actually quite impressive coming off the pace to finish second with a 75 behind the very nice Scarf. She’ll finish out the season and the most likely retire unless she blazes.
Naughty Kitty is one of my few turf sprinting fillies with some crazy bloodlines but she was 2 for 2 going into the Copihue Stakes. She finished second there beaten pretty well but brought some money home. I’ve got a very nice looking yearling who’s out of a half sister to the dam of Naughty Kitty who’ll race next year. Since my SB Theater Shoes is likely done this season, that’ll still leave two quality sprinters left to campaign next year.
Coming up is La Bella Magica who crossed the Atlantic to race in the Fireworks Stakes which is largely a prep for hopefully the Synthetic Oaks. It’s not the best race b/c it’s a short field and Fly West, a flyer is in the race too and I don’t know if La Bella Magica will run with her or try to hang back. I hope she finishes in the top three if she doesn’t win to put her in a better position for the Oaks which is at a distance she should like much better.
She’s a very talented filly who hopefully will get better. She’s prepping hopefully for the SC Synthetic Marathon though it’ll be next year most likely. This year, she might finish out the season with the Marathon distance on the turf where she broke her maiden.
Her stable mate White Queen Runs is up next in the Scarlet Inks Stakes which looks like a match race between her and Lady Rose. She’s vetting awesome after her last race, the All Weather Oaks where she beat the best of her class very nicely. She also ran on the toughest schedule of all the entries in that race. It’ll ease up with her getting a good rest before the next race. Still working out her schedule including the Guineas possibly week 14 but if she continues in a good direction, she might be in the SC Synthetic Matron later this year.
Bella Mae West is prepping for her first start week 11. She’s the half sister of White Queen Runs and is out of Dumbledore. My fillies as a whole are working slower than the previous crop but I like these fillies better in terms of breeding. Hopefully they’ll be good racers. Bella is downright pokey in the mornings working between 1:00.13 to 1:00.30 but that’s not unheard of for Dumbledore’s offspring. Her half sister by West is a bit faster at 1:00 and 1:25.79.
Also pokier than all get out is Fate’s Design who’s by Yes and out of my former WR holder at two miles on the AW, Deserves a Sundae. This one’s never broken 1:00 but did manage a 1:25.82. She’s thrown some decent dirt times too.Tur
Yes It’s Legal is the fastest worker having actually broken 1:00…once with a 59.96. But for the most part she’s pretty slow.
Yearling fillies this year are pretty slow unlike the colts with no fillies cracking the 1:00 mark yet but that’ll change with maturity, conditioning and most important equipment sorting.
Fixing Turf Routers
Turf routing has been an area of serious struggle for me
and I’d been working pretty hard with it on the breeding side though I have added some interesting broodmares to the band.
On the racing side, poor Lady Mulan got a bit thrashed in her last start, a Grade I stakes and I’m a bit leery about her current planned test in the Prix Schnelle Stakes because of the short field and lack of speed in it. But it’s hard to find her races where she can do well with her running style.
Cling Tightly, my SB runner has been hitting the board mainly in conditional type races winning two of them. Next up is a conditional race at a 1 1/2 miles distance to see whether she likes stretching out.
I kind of like Da Ladys Secret who won a maiden claimer after I purchased her and then finished second. No takers so far and it might be interesting to see if she becomes a good broodmare.
Speaking of which, I leased out my best one Mirka this season but discovered some others including Fractured Talk a daughter of Splintered who’s a star broodmare who is set to go to Tattered this year. Another, Nadine Cross bred to Trafalgar on an “A” cross and Medal of Valor might go to Monster or West.
Quarter Horses Racing
I had a big night in quarter horse racing which saw both B Ball Queen and Min Min Light extend their undefeated records with stakes wins. B Ball Queen won the Dimes and Quarters Stakes with a 78 and Min Min Light in the Golden Age Stakes with a 76. Both A Cowgirl At Heart (The Email Stakes) and Rain Like Glitter (Summer Start Up Stakes) were close seconds to very nice racers.
A much better season particularly in sprinting than I thought I’d see. A couple other nice runners like Kalinda’s Got Game and Snowy Ghost still need a bit of sorting. The former’s not sure whether she’s a sprinter, middle distance or even equipment sorted and the latter’s running very nicely but needs to be able to add another win to her record.
Fear Perfectly broke her maiden with a 75 forgiving me for accidently entering her in that 650 race.
B Ball Dashin’s second winner happened last night. He’s off to a very slow start at stud. I’m working on getting him some nice mares this season, just purchased a “formidable” daughter of Blue Montana Gold.
It’s fun breeding and racing quarter horses and I’ve been working hard at it. Very nice people involved in it and lots of opportunities.