Maybe One More…

TENS WILD is doing very well. He came out of the race fine and we’re going to try and see if he can come back for the last weekend of racing before the barn ships to Hawthorne.

If all goes well and we think he’s ready to go we will enter for Friday evening going a mile and a sixteenth over the turf. The class level will be a little higher, but that’s what out there and who knows who is still going to be around by the last couple of days of the meet – it could come up easy or really tough.

TENS is training well, though, and we don’t want to wait until October for Hawthorne and Arlington is a bit of a disaster so why not run in front of the home town fans one last time and give Group 3 a chance to get in the paddock one more time too!?

Entries are on Sunday so we’ll know sometime Sunday afternoon.

Former Club Horse Foal Starts Today

Those of you that were in the Club several years ago should remember CROWN THE CAT. She was bought from the Club at the end of the season and was bred to Matt’s Broken Vow and produced TRAIN WRECK JACK.

TRAIN WRECK JACK is in the 3rd race, a $30,000 maiden claimer going 5 1/2 furlongs over the main track. He’ll break from post 4 under Israel Hernandez and is trained by Joseph Bera. This is his first start.

Best of luck to TRAIN WRECK JACK

Then There Was One

The plan was to get the win so even if CITRON KID was claimed we’d still pocket a few dollars.

Best laid plans…

Dean Butler had him in a position to make a run late but there was no run in him and we were swallowed up and ultimately finished 5th behind several longshots. Not how we drew it up but it certainly appears as if the KID wasn’t the horse we thought he was when we claimed him so better to cut bait early than wait too long.

KID was claimed by train Mike Chambers and will head to Phoenix with his string when the season is done.

That leaves us with Illinois bred TENS WILD as we get ready to pack up stakes and move to Hawthorne.

We will see what ends up getting written and how the boy is going and, if all lines up, see if we can get him one more trip around in front of the hometown crowd the last day of two of the meet. Given how many horses dropped in to our last race with CITRON KID, I’m a bit wary of moving into $20,000 company for a race. That’s all that is written right now and given that $20,000 would be a stretch anyway, I don’t want to draw in only to see we’re up against $35,000 and allowance horses dropping down to try and catch a win late.

We will not be looking at replacing CITRON. With less than 4 months in the racing season, it will be difficult to find, get and run a horse with the necessity of getting that horse purchased or claimed shortly thereafter. There is too much risk there and we cannot own a horse after 12/31/15. So we will be running with one until he gets claimed from us.

KID Goes Tomorrow – Race Preview

CITRON KID with Dean Butler aboard goes in the 3rd tomorrow night. It’s a $10,000 claiming race over the turf going a mile and 16th out of the chute. The weather is supposed to be dicey and the race may end up off the turf. Clay and I are going to discuss whether or not we run in that case this evening. He has had one dirt attempt and lost by over 20 lengths so I think it will be doubtful, but I’ll post as soon as we decide so you can keep track.

Unfortunately, given that it is Mystic Lake Derby weekend, there are a LOT of groups coming to the Park this weekend and we can’t have our traditional section in Silks. But Group 3 (Group 3: Nierman – Zibley) will hit the paddock and, hopefully, the rest of you hit the winners’ circle!

Assuming the race stays on the turf, here is a look at the field:

1 Sound Effect (Diodoro/Franco) – Been running effectively at higher levels, drops a notch into this one from the same race CITRON comes out of. He finished 5th, us 4th.

2 Gentle As A Breeze (Berndt/Hernandez) – Another out of the last. Finished 7th after tiring.

3 Peace Offering (Biehler/Velazquez) – Winner in a conditioned $20,000 two back, stepped up into allowance company in his last and had a rougher time of it.

4 Born Force (Donlin/Richard) – Bit of a rough trip last out going a mile 3/8. Been trying to win at this level here since the claim to no avail.

5 Ragged Edge (Rhone/Carreno) – Minnesotan is yet another dropping in from CITRON’s last race as well. He closed nicely but still finished a length behind the KID.

6 Another Gear (Biehler/Goncalves) – Climbing high for this one, last two were at $5,000 and $7500 respectively. Moves up to $10,000 with a gaggle of $16,000 horses dropping in. Tough spot.

7 Limeshare (Riggs/Nolan) – Cutting back from a mile and 3/8 where he finished 2nd before being dropped after a DQ.


9 Pastero (Holder/P. Canchari) – Couldn’t come close at $7500 and now stepping up to a tougher than advertised $10,000.

10 Corporate Chapel (Bolinger/Sanchez) – Old warrior shifting barns and making first start for Bolinger. Improved dropping into $7500 company and now moves back to $10,000.

11 Costaud (Keen/Mello) – Cleared non-winner of 3 condition last out at $12,500. Speedster draws the outside and should provide most of the pace.

12 Runaway Cal (Rengstorf/Stevens) – Welcome back Scotty Stevens aboard this 6-year old gelding. Has had 3 shots at $7500 and hasn’t been able to get there.

The thought that we could sneak down to $10,000 claiming and catch a lighter field was shattered when the entries were drawn. The field is tougher than it looks and drawing post position 8 out of the chute could be trouble.

However, Gentle As A Breeze and Peace Offering on the inside should hopefully clear a path down to the main track and allow Dean to drop our boy behind them and sit 3rd or 4th heading past the stands for the first time. If we can save some ground and stay close, it looks like there is going to be quiet the cavalry charge to the finish that we can hopefully lead home, but it’s going to be tough and the pace is going to have to be weak enough to make sure we have enough gas but still enough to tire out the one or two that figure to be ahead of us early.

Heather and I will not be able to make it as we had made other plans for this evening early in the meet but Jeff will be there – and you can be assured that we will be watching!

CITRON KID Up Friday; TENS Photos

CITRON KID takes the stage on Friday in a $10,000 claiming race over the turf. Right now the forecast calls for a 50% chance of showers and my guess is that if the turf course is imperiled at all by the weather the race will come off the turf given the Mystic Lake Derby on Saturday.

As of this moment, Clay and I are unsure if he will run on the dirt or not. He has never run on an off main track and the only time he has run on the dirt (January, 2014) he lost by 20 in a $20,000 maiden claimer at Santa Anita. His Tomlinson number (a number derived from pedigree and historical family performance on an off track) is a very high 391 but we’ve all seen horses with high wet track (or turf) numbers not be able to run a lick on them even though they are “supposed” to. There are a few things to think about and the weather to watch. I’ll let you know as soon as a decision is made so you’ll know.

TENS WILD came back from the race just fine and is doing well. Here are a few photos from the day:

TENS and Felix in the paddock before the race.

TENS and Felix in the paddock before the race.

Getting ready to load in the gate.

Getting ready to load in the gate.

Breaking a step slow

Breaking a step slow

TENS Fourth; CITRON KID in Friday; July Financials

The KID is in Friday night!

We’ll be breaking again from post 8 with Dean Butler aboard. The race is the 3rd and it’ll be going mile and 16th over the turf. The level is $10,000, a step below where we claimed him, but we’re going after a softer group to try and get a win. A win and we build up his confidence a bit and we could move him back up again. A win and a claim and we’ve made money on him.

TENS ran a very hard luck race earlier today. He broke a bit slow and Dean tried to get him to the rail but was ridden out into the middle of the track by the 3 through the first turn and we started down the backside in last place with too much to do. We closed enough to get to 4th ($880)but certainly not where we wanted to be.

We’ll see how he comes back and maybe get one more in him before the end of the meet. If he’s not ready, we may try and fit in a race at Arlington because Hawthorne won’t open until October 2.

The July financial statement is below. Once again we still do not have a vet bill, but that’ll be added once we get one.

This includes no August numbers including today’s purse transaction for TENS, only what is in the books for July.

CRC 2015 Running financials – July 31

Angela’s Analysis

In case you didn’t see it on the track’s website, here is Angela Hermann’s look at our race:

Race 3
#8 Tens Wild
#5 Why Frank
#6 Vino Limbo Tango


$.50 Trifecta ($14 total)

$1 Exacta Box ($8 total)

Some class relief comes to most in the third but it’s an above-average $16,000 claimer on turf. From the looks of it the pace shouldn’t be too hotly contested and a lot will depend on a sprinter stretching out and a fleet dirt horse trying turf for the first time…..neither a type of horse that can be singled with much confidence.

Tens Wild took further off the pace last time than he had previously and things worked out with a snappy-timed win going this distance. He’s had an assortment of different types of trips up here but the just off-the-pace style seems to suit best; this pace setup may play well into this hands and Butler seemed to get along with him great last time.

Why Frank can show speed as well but seems attuned to the type of trip the top choice should be looking for as well. Thing is, this one usually finds himself on or close to the lead in midstretch and looks for company……the nineteen slices next to just four wins in his career make him hard to love on top.

Vino Limbo Tango has some things to prove with the long drought since tasting victory, but at least he’s handled this trip in the past and could show enough speed to get the lead off his shorter recent endeavors. Franco is riding the turf very well at the moment and should this one get comfortable he may be a tiger to run down.