Great Bam Update

First of all, we hope that you had a good Thanksgiving and we apologize that we were unable to post this sooner due to the Holiday.

Bam galloped late last week and bled, similar to what happened to him here in late May. The vet looked at him then and again yesterday after he jogged. Although he did not bleed yesterday, the vet advised against entering him as a precaution.

The plan moving forward is to jog today, gallop tomorrow and then breeze him mid-week and see what happens. Depending how that regimen works, new plans will be made.

The vet suggested sending him to an off-track animal hospital for examination. However, Clay opted against that as it is likely we find no new information and spend $1,000 or more in the process.

Obviously, it’s disappointing to have this happen right before a race that you’ve been waiting on, but there isn’t much you can do about it. Racing is a tough game and horses certainly aren’t machines.

We will keep you apprised of any news and will let you know what happens during the week following the prescribed training plan.

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Great Bam Aiming for Allowance Race

Clay reports that Great Bam is doing well following his latest victory. Plans call for trying allowance company; however, when exactly that may be is a bit of a mystery.

The next allowance race that Bam would fit the conditions of (non-winners of one race other than maiden, claiming or starter) going short on the dirt doesn’t come up again in the Condition Book until November 30. Obviously, a bit of a wait. Thus, the hope is that it will come up as an extra prior to that date.

Unfortunately, we have no control over this and due to the fact that the allowance race is worth $30,000 – $32,000 it is worth the wait. Hawthorne does not run conditioned claiming races for non-winners of four races lifetime; thus, our options are to run in the allowance (for a purse of $30,000 – $32,000) or run in an open claiming race.

If we were to run in the open claiming races, Great Bam’s recent Beyer Speed Figure of 81 (a lifetime best) would make him competitive at the open $7,500 claiming level where the purse is only $14,000 or the open $5,000 claiming level where the purse is only $13,000.

Thus, for now, it makes sense to wait on an allowance race to see if we can take home a big prize. Stay tuned!

Racing Club Financial Update

Here’s an update to where the clubs stands financially as we enter November. This updated account of our financial position includes Great Bam’s October earnings in addition to October training expenses and October vet bills.

Here’s a closer look at the numbers:

Racing Club Balance 9/30 – $17,959.53

October Earnings:

1st Place Finish (10/6) – $6,600

1st Place Finish (10/27) – $7,500

Total October Earnings – $14,100

October Expenses:

October Training (31 Days @ $60 per day) – $1,860

Great Bam Shoes 10/5 – $125

Jockey Fee to Seth Martinez 10/6 (10% of $6,600) – $660

Trainer Fee to Clay Brinson 10/6 (10% of $6,600) – $660

Jockey Fee to Seth Martinez 10/27 (10% of $7,500) – $750

Trainer Fee to Clay Brinson 10/27 (10% of $7,500) – $750

Pony to Post (10/6 and 10/27) – $50

Groom Bonus for the Win (10/6 and 10/27) – $100

Win Photos for Jockey – $24.04

October Veterinarian Expenses:

Raceday Medication – $45

Electrolytes, Vitamins and Enzymes – $90

Thyroid Medication, Joint Lubricants and Supplements – $439.95

Total October Training & Veterinarian Expenses – $5,553.99

Total Remaining Balance – $26,505.54

Bam Photo Options

Four Footed Fotos asked us to post some of the photo options available for purchase. Here they are:

Again, the best way to get a picture would be for anyone interested to give the office a call at Hawthorne and order on your own. They accept credit cards. Make sure you are clear that you are ordering a picture from Race 4 at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday, October 27, 2012 – Great Bam.

Four Footed Fotos
425-271-9424 main office
708-780-3700 (x3654) on race days