Belle in Friday

Brilliant Belle is up against a full field of fillies and mares Friday in Keeneland’s 4th race.  It is a six furlong sprint over the main track with Rafael Mojica, Jr. up. $7500 claiming.

Belle has been training well and a cursory look at the PPs show she surely isn’t out-classed and she has solid speed which plays to the strength of the racetrack thus far this fall – got to be close in sprints to win.  Rafael has been working her so he’s familiar with her.

Below are the PPs for the race.  Look for a preview later this week.

Good luck!!





Belle Works; Entry Eyed

Though there were some communication issues surrounding Belle’s work Thursday and it didn’t get recorded, she did breeze 4 furlongs and galloped out an additional furlong over the poly training track at Keeneland.

She went well within herself and Nevada was satisfied with the work.  Next step is to enter.

We are looking at Substitute Race 1 (S1) for Friday, October 20.  The race is a six furlong dirt affair with a claiming tag of $7500.

Entries draw on Tuesday so keep an eye on the Twitter (@CBY_Racing_Club) for up to the minute info with a blog post to follow that evening.

Belle Settle In At Keeneland

Brilliant Belle made the trip from Canterbury to Kentucky without issue.  She’s settled into her stall and has galloped over the deep main track a couple of times.  She appears to be training well and we should see a workout from her in the next day or two.  From there we will be looking to enter her in a $7500 sprint on the dirt.  The condition book race is scheduled for October 20 but we’ll be looking to hopefully get an ‘extra’ written before then.  Here are some photos of her settling in.

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Moving Day

Tonight Belle will be loaded up and moved to Lexington, KY, home of fabled Keeneland Race Course.  The Litfins will settle her in and she’ll hit the track over the weekend.  She’ll get a feel for things and then Nevada would like to get a breeze in her to get her ready for competition and a feel for the racetrack.

We will be very aggressive in her placements from here on out.  We can’t keep her at the end of the year so we will see how many wins we can get with her while making her a tempting claim.

This is where the Club starts to differ a bit from owning a horse outright.  Naturally when you have the ability to own a horse year after year you may be less aggressive with a 4-year old filly and see if you can climb her up the class ladder a bit. We can’t take any chances of having the horse on our books at the end of the year so we will see if we can win a race or two at a couple of the most fabled tracks in the country.

We’ll touch base after she’s arrived and settled in let you all know how her trip went.

Financial Update

Below is the latest financial update through the last day of the meet with a few items that are extrapolated based upon previous billing but gives you all a pretty accurate idea of where we stand starting Keeneland in October.

The plan in Kentucky is to be very aggressive in her race placement meaning we will be going after wins.  We have to have her claimed/sold by the end of the year so it’s time to go right the opposition and we’ll be looking at sprinting her against lower level claimers and pile up as much purse money as we can before someone decides to take her from us.

CRC 2017 Running financials – SEPT


Belle Closes Canterbury Season

Closing weekend is a big one at Canterbury this season – two days of 13 races each, really big fields and the Canterbury Racing Club trying to take home victory number 3 in the final race of the 2017 season.

Belle will be breaking from post 8 in the 12 horse field with Orlando Mojica aboard.  The race is a $7500 claiming race going a mile and a 16th over the turf course.

Here is a look at the field.

Chub’s Charmer (Westerman/Mawing) – Just missed at this level last out and gets a bit more distance to work with in this race.

Betyar (Robertson/Loveberry) – Cleared her conditions at $12,500 so it’s not unusual to see a horse drop after that but ran so well in optional it does surprise me a bit for the low tag.  Should be on or near the early lead.

Tactical Girl (McShane/Hernandez) – Started her CBY season at this level and performed admirably before a pair of sixth place finishes.  Definite off the pace type.

Stellabrini (Donlin/Lindsay) – Minnesotan has five straight seventh place finishes though against tougher company.  Gets some class relief here.  Could surprise late.

Looking at Beauty (Rhone/Escobar) – Well beaten 2nd last out but well clear of third.  One with a bit of speed so should help determine the shape of the race early.

Bear Facts (Lund/Ramgeet) – Winner by a nose last out when Belle finished 4th.  She came from well out of it under a well timed ride.

Lady Babako (Bravo/Hamilton) – Speedster moves in from the outside post in the last where she was only beaten 2 1/4 in her last (where we finished 4th).


Emma Lea’s Song (Silva/Goodwin) – Winner at this distance and level 2 back where she beat several in here. Will be looking to pounce late.

Victory Ice (Scherer/Velazquez) – Had a rough go of it last out when re-entering open company.  Regular pilot shifts to another mount.

Lil Mighty Mo (Anderson/Lopez) – Minnesotan has had a rough go of it but hasn’t run this low before either.

Waytogo Trish (Anderson/Delorme) – Won two back at a mile over the turf in this level and did it, like most turf races, from off the pace.  Bounce back race last out, though, was a disaster, trailing nearly the entire way.

Pretty exciting to be able to close out the meet. We’ve had a pair of winners already and to close out the season with a win would be tremendous.  Can she do it though?

She seems to have the right style for a race like this.  She can stalk the pace without needing the lead and then get first run at the leaders late.  She really ran okay in her turf debut and was able to close a bit.  If Orlando can keep her relaxed and in position to pounce, hopefully she’ll have enough to get by the fading speed and hold off the late chargers.

The last day of the season is really crowded so we do not have a spot for this race.  Remember that we’re all welcome into the paddock but please keep it to members since it could be a lot of people and there is a full field.

Good luck everyone and thanks for a great live racing season, you all have been terrific!