Boomer Back Well; Prepping for Next Spot

Vanderboom Ridge came out of the race okay.  Montalvo certainly had him in a nice position but he lacked a closing kick.  Clay will be making some adjustments and we should be looking for him right back in this spot ($8000 CL) in a couple to three weeks.

Right now the weather outlook is solid so there should be turf races for a while longer.  The upside is, mud aside, Boomer can do well over a fast/good dirt course so we should have some options going forward.

Since it was so long between races, I am really looking forward to his next out as it really is tantamount to a second race after a layoff and I think Boomer will respond well to getting back into the groove again.

Boomer 4th

Vanderboom Ridge ran a flat 4th this afternoon at Hawthorne.  He broke well and went to the lead but was passed heading down the backside.  It looked like he might have flinched a little there straightening out but certainly not enough to have cost him anything.

He settled in 3rd down the backside and on the turn for home looking like if he could have any closing kick at all he had some space between horses but he was asked and just couldn’t close.  It could have been the yielding turf course or a bit of rust with the time between races.

We’ll see how he comes back and come right back in a spot like this one  in 2-3 weeks.

Boomer – Race Preview

Vanderboom Ridge goes postward Saturday in an $8000 claiming race going a mile over the turf at Hawthorne.  We drew post 8 in the 9 horse field with Carlos Montalvo aboard.

Here is a look at the field.

Pilatus (Berndt/Velazquez) – Was running in sprints (mostly) at Canterbury and notched a couple of wins, including one in allowance company.  A sprinter who comes off the pace, he was 4th in a route allowance over the turf in June.

Frontier Force (Perez/Perez) – Had some issues two back in $16K at Arlington where he was declared the winner by DQ after finishing 2nd. Ratcheted pretty high (100k) in his last, he drops now to $8K with the red hot (5 for 20) Perez aboard.

Fort Dixie (Slager/Santiago) – Won tow back in an Arlington $10K mile.  Has shown some speed and appears as if this distance suits him best.

Cruachan (Mason/Felix) – Heavy morning line favorite was claimed at $12,500 three back.  Was pushed up to $25K last two with a 2nd and a 7th to his credit.  Now comes back down all the way to $8K.

Ol Army (Rodriguez/Hernandez) – One of the few actually moving UP in class for this one.  Showed decent speed 2 back when finishing 2nd at $7500.  Faltered on the main track next out over the main track but returns to the turf here.

Ghost to Ghost (Rodriguez/Sanjur) – Last out winner at $10K is yet another – though typical in turf races – that wants to come off the pace.

Thundergram (Slager/Castro) – A low level claim that was able to score an allowance win next out but has had some issues in the optional claimer/starters that followed.  Back in with straight claimers should make him more effective.


Devine Delivery (Miller/Roman) -A router with some speed, he’s been unable to hold it.  He cuts back to a mile here.  Last time he tried the distance he was unsuccessful but that was against higher.

Definitely a diverse field with mostly droppers but a few moving up and a great deal of closers.

Boomer has the ability to get out in front or come from off the pace.  If he can break well and settle in up front before the turn, that could bode very well for us – especially if Montalvo can slow down the pace.

Now if he doesn’t break well enough to get the lead there may be some room behind perhaps Divine Delivery or Fort Dixie to slid in and track the leaders.  My guess is that Clay will leave it in Carlos’ hands depending on how the break goes and the race develops.

The weather looks to be decent with only a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning.  That is upgraded a bit since Wednesday’s forecast so that is moving in the right direction.

Good luck everybody!

Boomer in Saturday

Vanderboom Ridge’s race was used this Saturday.  We’ll be going in race 4, a one mile race over the turf with Carlos Montalvo aboard.  The race is an $8000 claiming race and we’ll break from post position 8.

The approximate post time is 3:50 PM.

We’ll provide a breakdown of the race later this week.

Good luck!

Excellent Work; Keep Entering

Boomer notched a very good workout this past weekend, logging a 47 flat over the main track for four furlongs with the fastest time of 30 working the distance that day. Clay said that he came back well and was within himself.  He did get a day or two off after the work (just walking) but is back on the track galloping again today.  He’s ready to go, we just need to get in.

We keep entering him but the races have not been filled.  He was entered this morning again for Friday.  We won’t know for a couple of hours if they use the race or not  but the last time we tried it drew 6 entries so it certainly is close to being usable – and could go with six depending upon the other races being drawn.

Keep an eye on the Twitter feed (@CBY_Racing_Club) and this space for an update this afternoon.

Entered For Saturday; Try Again for Next Week

We entered Boomer for this Saturday at Hawthorne in am $8000 claiming race at a flat mile over the turf.  The race didn’t come close to filling and wasn’t even brought back as an extra for Wednesday.

We will look again for next week and get him in as soon as possible.  There is a dirt race on Wednesday that is a possibility so we’ll see how that goes.

After all the ups and downs this year, it’s not surprising the race didn’t go but I am determined to get this year finished off on a (several?) high note!