Welcome ASK EDDY to the barn. ASK EDDY is a 6-year old gelding by VICTORY GALLOP out to the MATTY G mare STARLINE. Foaled in Kentucky, he was a graduate of the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale where the bidding stopped at $33,000.
ASK EDDY started his racing career at Arlington Park where he debuted against Maiden Special Weight company but it wasn’t until two starts later that his broke his maiden in a $25,000 Maiden Claiming race at Hawthorne. In his career he has had 35 starts with 7 wins, hitting the board just over 50% of the time and earning over $165,000. He has won races as high as allowance level and has changed hands via the claim box five times including yesterday when Clay claimed him. Last season he was stakes placed, finishing third in the Wheat City Stakes at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg. He likes to run on or near the lead which is something that is desirable when racing at Canterbury. Additionally, Clay felt that this is a horse that he can improve upon both physically and with some training, so we dropped a slip for $5,000 and ASK EDDY was Clay’s when the gates spring open.
As a member of our group, Clay claimed the horse in his name and there he will stay for 30-days until the horse is eligible to be sold to new owners, which will be the Canterbury Park Racing Club. To expand a little bit, only licensed owners can claim a horse and rules vary considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Most jurisdictions do require that the horse remain in the claiming owners name for thirty days before it can be sold or transferred (other than via another claim). In this case, Clay is part of the group and we will join him in owning the horse as the group after the 30-day period.
Unfortunately, yesterday was not one of ASK EDDY’s best efforts. He tracked the leaders well but about six furlongs in; he started sliding back and was unable to keep pace. Clay looked him over this morning and said that “He’s got a bit of an ankle, but he cooled out well and walked well this morning.”
What the horse DOES need is some quality care. He is a bit lightweight and probably needs to be wormed and have his teeth floated. His coat was a bit ragged and he appears tired, so he’ll get a bit of time, care and proper nutrition. A couple of things Clay learned talking to the jock that rode him for both his old outfits was that when the horse is right, he can be pretty good and that during the race he felt just fine under him, no signs of discomfort at all. Cautious optimism are the watchwords.
So he’s going to get a little time off (about 30-days), get some weight back on him and get fit so Clay can have the opportunity to bring him back to a racing level where we feel he belongs – which we’re hoping is somewhat higher than the $5,000 that we bought him for!
As the Canterbury meet gets underway, we’ll be looking to be active in the claim box as well to get Eddy’s stablemate, probably at a fairly higher level than we picked up Eddy.