Halfway through the year, JolyB Stables have earned the following:
Carbon Data: $29,957
Shaft of Light: $84,140
Rockin' Rudy: $50,446
Rockin' Rudy closed out the month of June by winning a State Bred Allowance race at Prairie Meadows today by a diminishing half-length. Who could have guessed when I claimed him at Oaklawn in January that he would be winning allowance races for Iowa breds in June. Then again, who would have guessed that Shaft of Light, claimed at Gulfstream in January, would be placing in the Salvator Mile at Monmouth in May. As we are learning in this contest, it is an unpredictable journey that these claiming horses take.
In a contest for claiming horses, it is pretty exciting to have a horse in your stable entered in a "Win and you're In" BC qualifying race. That is what's happening today with Shaft of Light, who will be competing in the $350,000 Grade 2 Belmont Sprint Championship. He is shortening back to what appears to be his best distance of 7 furlongs, but may face some stiff competition on the front end. Limousine Liberal and Whitmore are pretty tough customers, but I'm still hoping for a favorable outcome.
That was disappointing. The stretch run looked more like a roller derby jam than a horse race. I don't think I've ever seen the term "hip-checked" used in a race chart before, but that is how the chart caller described Whitmore's treatment of Shaft of Light as he bulled his way through along the rail and caused a chain reaction in upper stretch. What more would it have taken for the stewards to declare a DQ?
Thanks Equibase. I'm using Equibase Virtual Stable for the horses in this contest. I haven't seen a workout, entry or result since early June and thought my stable was AWOL. I bring up my virtual stable and find that it's been switched to OFF, so I wasn't getting emails. I find out the mare Polite Pearl, whom I'd been betting when she ran, won 3 in a row without me, including a 13-1 dead heat at Parx. My other two runners have been bringing in checks as well.
Rockin' Rudy, who has been running in state-bred allowance races in Iowa recently, was surprisingly (to me anyway) entered for a claim in a $12,500 optional claimer at Prairie Meadows yesterday. I didn't understand the huge class drop for a horse who was claimed for $30,000 in January, but he did outclass the field and won $26,730 for his efforts, a very generous winner's share for a $12,500 claimer. I think the purse was enhanced by Iowa breeders money.
Not surprisingly, Rudy was claimed by Lynn Chleborad. I just hope that the significant drop in claiming price doesn't indicate some physical problems.
Don't sweat it Jolyb. That was the final day of the thoroughbred meeting at PrM and the last day an Iowa bred can get some state bred money. No idea where the former trainer goes, if anywhere, so it might have been lay him up or get him claimed. Lynn Chleborad always runs at Remington Park and their thoroughbred season opens on 8/24. She's usually somewhere in the trainer standings there. He'll fit right in with their $25,000 claimers and could take a shot at n2x allowance if one of them ever fills for open company.
Had a chance to see my faux stable's Polite Pearl run in person at Timonium on Saturday. She was claimed last out at Laurel by Robert Cole, Jr and trainer Kevin Patterson for one reason....they wanted to win this stake at Timonium. Cole won the $75,000 Coalition stakes last year at the Big T and has talked about his love for Timonium. His first visit there was when he was in first grade. Polite Pearl put in a huge effort at the about 6.5f distance. In a field full of speed, she was sent hard to the front and was pressed the whole way, finishing a close third and collecting $7500. I hope there's a race for her at the fair next Saturday so I can root her on again.
I also managed to get an uncoupled entry past the Parx stewards! Yep my faux stable has two in the 3rd at Parx. Barcode gets a 7 pound bug and will take these as far as he can. Wonderfully Tuned should appreciate the softer 25000n2L claiming competition over the allowance horses he's faced lately and he'll be trying to pick up the pieces late. Hoping for a stable exacta!! :-D
My runners just had a good week. Made the big move to probably get within shouting distance of the top. It's going to be tough to beat JolyB's stable of stakes runners, but if I can get 3-4 starts from each of my three, they're all sharp enough to get good checks for each start.
Barcode, $16,090 but nearly all of that since July 10. Wonderfully Tuned, $66,727 after a sharp closing second today in a PA-bred allowance. Polite Pearl, $127,528. She's my stable star, winning 6 of 12 and running her best right now. She blew the doors off a group of optional claimers at Lrl last week in a quick time.
ProPro, I don't think you need to worry too much about beating my so-called "stable of stakes runners". Since early August the operative word has been "stable", as none of them have run since August 11. Rockin Rudy was claimed at Prairie Meadows on August 11, Carbon Data has been idle since finishing 2nd in the Hansel Stakes at Laurel on August 4, and Shaft of Light hasn't been seen in a race since finishing 6th in the very roughly run Belmont Sprint Championship on July 7. He has shown up on the work tab at Monmouth Park from time to time, which is encouraging. Unless this trend changes, I'll be watching the field gallop by and I sit in the barn and wait.
jolyb, you left out "working like a train" at Monmouth for Shaft Of Light. I'd say Parx will write him a race to get him set up for his third shot at the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream in the $200,000 Jewel at 9f on 12/1.