Jeff spoke with Clay yesterday and all reports have been positive about Great Bam following his victory just over one week ago. Clay reported that he came out of the race just fine and that he plans to move forward and run him again within the next couple of weeks or so.
That being said, the most logical races coming up in the Condition Book for Great Bam fall on Saturday, October 27. Currently, the Condition Book has both a $5,000 and $10,000 claiming race listed for non-winners of three races lifetime. One of these races will be the most likely spot to find Bam.
The $5,000 race will be contested at six and one half furlongs while the $10,000 race will be contested at six furlongs. There aren’t substantial differences in purse levels as the $5,000 race carries an $11,000 purse and the $10,000 race carries a $12,500 purse.
The $10,000 race was last contested on October 10 and featured a few horses dropping out of tougher competition. Four of the 10 horses entered in the race had previously run against either $16,000 claimers or against allowance foes. It would certainly be a step up for Bam who didn’t beat much last time out.
The $5,000 N3L race was contested a couple of times this past weekend. Clay won that race this past Saturday when Already There stalked a quick pace and took over to win by a little over a length. Already There shipped up to the Brinson barn this summer from Southern California notching one victory, one second-place finish and one sixth-place finish at Canterbury before going down to Hawthorne.
On Sunday, Clay sent out Aikman in another $5,000 N3L at a distance of six furlongs. Unfortunately, Aikman was disqualified for interference in late stretch and placed second. Additionally, Aikman was claimed by new owner/trainer Michael Revis.
Best guess is you see Bam resurface in a $5,000 N3L race on October 27 (assuming it fills). However, we’ll leave the final decision-making to Clay as he’s best able to determine where the horse fits.