Two of my stable runners competed today after a very quiet spell.
Shaft of Light dominated the Russell Road Stakes at Charles Town, earning $30,000 for a wire to wire victory. That brings his earnings up to $64,140.
Carbon Data was not so fortunate, finding trouble several times enroute to a 5th place finish at Gulfstream Park. Even with a perfect trip, he was not going to catch Pletcher's Driven by Thunder in this Optional Claimer. Carbon Data only earned $400, bringing his earnings to $27,330. He was claimed by Mary Eppler for $25,000. Hopefully, he will return to earlier form in his new stable.
The search party who had been looking for Rockin Rudy has finally reported back after having almost been given up for lost. Rocking Rudy has been sighted having a workout at Sunland Park, so he might finally be getting ready to run his first race since January. His earnings remain at $145. Thank goodness we don't have to pay the feed and vet bills.
I've talked with my trainers and we've decided to sneak an uncoupled Propro Racing entry past the Parx stewards on 4/30. I have Barcode coming off the shelf from the rail to ensure a hot pace with Wonderfully Tuned looking to come off the pace on the stretchout. This is a tough group, but I don't blame the real owners for taking a shot here. Looking to improve on my $65,471 stable total from 9 starts.
Wonderfully Tuned rallied well for second at 60-1 on a track that has been speed, speed, speed all day. 7 of the first 8 winners went wire to wire. "Tuned" was 4 wide going into the first turn, chart said he saved ground. He might be 15-1 next out in this same class and just needs a track that's less speed favoring. Amazingly this was his first time long this year after looking like he wanted to run all day long.
Post by DoctorDisaster on May 6, 2018 8:09:57 GMT -5
With all the other excitement I forgot about Ministers Strike yesterday.He won a 16K claimer at TBD. Ministers Strike 5 210 $26,100. Going to the Beach 6 021 12,160. Drinks on Me 6 112 33,480. Stable earnings to date $71,740.
Rockin Rudy made his first start since January and won a $40,000 claimer at Prairie Meadows yesterday. He earned $16,443 for his efforts, to bring his year's earnings up to a more respectable $16,588 (purses at PM must be quite a bit lower than at some major tracks, since that seems to be quite modest for a $50K down to $40K claimer). That would just about cover the travel expenses since he was claimed at Oaklawn, was shipped to Sunland Park, stayed in the barn for a while, worked out once, changed trainers, then was shipped to Iowa where he is currently residing under the care of Jon Arnett.
As an Iowa bred, he also earned some Iowa breeders' money, but I don't know how to calculate that or whether that is relevant to this contest.
My total should be higher with any luck. Polite Pearl had a crazy trip last night at Penn. She stumbled at the start and got away last, went around one of them rallying 8 wide on the final turn and flew home to just miss by a neck.....however, she tossed the rider when she stumbled so none of this counts. I loved her at 4-1 last night and she stays super sharp.
Wonderfully Tuned comes back on Tuesday at Parx. Second at 60-1 2 weeks ago and turning back to 6f while facing one of the worst fields ever for this condition. He has no early speed, but I'd be surprised if he doesn't blow away this group.
If anything this contest is showing me how often horses move around. (my three claims have run 9 times being claimed 4.....claimed at FG and Aqu ....now at Lone Star, Hawthorne and Finger Lakes....).....thinking maybe the horse transport business looks like the winner here.
I was surprised to see one of my so-called claiming horses (Shaft of Light) on the entry list for tomorrow's Grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park. Not only that, he was listed as the co-second choice on the morning line. Granted, he did win a small stakes race his last time out and went wire to wire in so doing, but that was at Charles Town, the distance was only 7 furlongs and the competition let him set slow fractions. The water here is much, much deeper. He's going up against graded stakes horses of the quality of Sunny Ridge and Page McKenney, who might have lost a step but still has an impressive resume. Since Shaft of Light ran for a claiming price of $30,000 in January, I think that Mr. Navarro might be just a bit ambitious, but that would be a heck of a training job if he were able to pull off an in the money performance.
jolyb, nothing soft about 45 4/5 at ChuckTown going 7f around two turns. The track record there is 1:22 2/5 and they went 46 and a piece in that race. If Monmouth is typically speed favoring today, he has a huge chance.
propro, it appears that we were both partly right. Shaft of Light did have a huge chance and IMO ran a huge race. He worked very hard to hold off Sunny Ridge and still was trying hard to hold on when the old pro Page McKenney came to call. Unfortunately, I think that the mile was just a bit beyond his best distance (at least at this level of competition), and Shaft could only manage second place, not bad for a $30,000 claimer running in a Grade 3 race. Very nice training job by Jorge Navarro. The $20,000 second place money brings his earnings to $84,140 for the year to date.