TENS Returns Okay

In some ways you’d like to come back with some sort of excuse for a disappointing effort. You never want to see a horse hurt, but something straight up like “his ankle is aching”, etc. gives you a firm excuse and something to work on. But we have no excuses. Tens Wild came back just fine.

Jockey Chris Emigh thought he had a winner at the top of the lane but there just was no punch. The way he loomed large into the lane and then backed off, Clay thought maybe he had bled. When Tens got back to the barn Clay had him scoped to check on his throat and lungs but all came back clear which, of course, is a good thing.

The closest thing that I have heard to a possible explanation from a horseman I respect greatly was that Hawthorne has not been kind to horses trying to close in the lane and that Tens came right up against that bias.

Another is from Clay himself. He said that Tens is just not an every two weeks kind of horse. That he really needs that third week before he starts to get his optimal effort. We’ll give him the 3 weeks and get one more start. Most likely it will be at the lowest level possible since we need to be horseless by 12/31.


TENS 5th

Sadly that race did not go as we had hoped. TENS acted up in the gate but broke well and was positioned well through the turn and down the back side. It looked like he wanted to run a bit earlier than Chris wanted him to but I wouldn’t exactly call him rank either. When the time came to chase down the leader he had absolutely nothing left in the tank at all. It was a very disappointing effort.

I haven’t spoken to Clay yet, that said, these aren’t machines and they don’t speak either so he can’t tell us if he wasn’t feeling well, didn’t feel like racing or something else entirely. It’s a disheartening given the roll he’s been on but they can’t stay sharp forever and, sometimes, they throw in duds.

We’ll take a look at him back in the barn and make sure he’s okay and then drop him to the bottom for one or two more starts while I also look to sell him privately. Given that last performance he’s not going to impress anyone but we’ll keep on keeping on. Fingers crossed he came out of the race okay and we’ll point him to his next in a couple of weeks.

TENS WILD Race Preview

TENS WILD is in the 4th race at Hawthorne Race Course tomorrow (Saturday) with an anticipated post time of 3:40 CT. He drew the rail and a new rider, leading Hawthorne rider Chris Emigh. He’s the second choice in the morning line (7/2) behind stable mate Indy Awesome. The race is a $12,500 claiming race over the main track going a mile and 16th.

Here is a look at the field:


Revelation Bowl (Cristel/Sanjur) – Taking a big step up off the claim. He’s had two shots above the $5000 level and was smoked in both. Doesn’t look like he’ll contribute to any pace up front.

Indy Awesome (Brinson/Felix) – Class of the field, the 5-year old son of AP Indy out of an Awesome Again mare was 2nd in the Manitoba Mile two back and looks the part of a stakes placed horse as evidenced by $350,000 price tag. After time off, he basically loped around the track in his return at Hawthorne vs much higher. Definitely the one to beat.

My Pal Paul (Jeffery/Roman) – Was very competitive early in TENS last race but faded. Adds blinkers for this race which tends to serve two purposes: 1) get a horse more involved early or 2) keep him from giving up when horses try and pass him late (if he doesn’t see them, maybe he won’t fade?). Given that he tends to break relatively well, it could be the latter and it could keep him closer late.

Chatito (Rodriguez/Baird) – Big jump in claiming price for another in here, also moving up from $5000. This guy is also stretching out from sprints. His turf efforts weren’t great but on the artificial at Arlington he beat a group of $25,000 claimers. Solo dirt effort was solid but against a lot lower.

Four Left Feet (Young/Perez) – This guys is sliding down the class ladder but has won at this level and distance at Arlington. Last try was unimpressive but also was only 6 1/2 furlongs and was steadily closing. This unfortunately named gelding could be dangerous late.

Common Sense (Spagnola/Santiago) – A winner last out in a conditioned $5000 claimer, this guy will have to improve to win.

Ballyjamesduff (Haran/Hennesy) – Vanquisher of TENS last out, there does not appear to be the pace in here that there was in that race. He also shifts to the outside which doesn’t help his chances either. Solid competitor.

Should Indy Awesome run in this spot (the class drop seems too precipitous), he is the one to beat. His last win was at this distance in a $25,000 spot over this racetrack. He had a tough couple of goes at Canterbury before placing in the Manitoba Mile at Assiniboia. After three months off he came back in a $30,000 optional claiming producing a lackadaisical effort. Blowing past $25,000 and $15,000 to settle here at $12,500, if he’s okay and goes, he’ll be tough stalking the pace.

The speed up front is limited with Chatito looking to be the only speed. It’s easy to see TENS settling in behind him and prompting the pace if Baird tries to slow it down too much. We should get first run at the leader, but Indy Awesome will have first run at us. Can TENS handle the anticipated pressure through the lane? That may be the determining factor in the result of the race.

Good luck!

TENS in Saturday

TENS WILD heads back to the post on Saturday drawing the rail in a mile and a sixteenth contest over the main track at Hawthorne. The race has mixed conditions. Eligibility is reserved for:

Horses that have started for a claiming price of $5,000 or less in 2014-15
$12,500 Claiming

TENS has not been entered for $5,000 or less ever, so he is entered under the claiming condition. The horses that do meet this “starter” eligibility are not eligible to be claimed in the race. Races run under those conditions are called “starter allowances” because the horse has to have “started” for a certain claiming price or less while not eligible to be claimed (like an allowance race). Mixing conditions like this is a way to broaden the entries in a race and hopefully create a larger field for wagering. This race drew 8 and all but the 5 horse are in for $12,500.

Chris Emigh gets the ride. Chris is the leading jockey at Hawthorne right now for money and races won. He’s a solid addition to the team.

The race is the 4th and estimated post time is 3:40 PM. TENS will meet stable mate Indy Awesome as well as his vanquisher from the last race, Ballyjamesduff in addition to 5 others.

TENS WILD, 2016 Club and Alumni Group Openings

TENS is doing well. He came out of the race just fine and is back galloping over the track at Hawthorne – though the expected weather there today and tomorrow may limit that a bit! We’ll start looking for his next spot in about a week.

That spot has yet to be determined. As you know, we’re getting close to the end of the year and, by charter, the Club needs to be horse free by the end of the year. We are working on several possible avenues in order to move TENS on but still provide some value for the Cub before our back is against the wall in late December and have to virtually give him away.

2016 CLUB

There is a bit of a delay on the announcement regarding the parameters of the 2016 Club – though I would expect most everything to remain the same – because of the uncertainty facing Chicago racing for the coming year and it affecting our ability to pick up a horse there. As soon as there is some clarity there will be a posting. However, I also don’t see the buy in amount, etc. changing at all either.


There are three individuals in the Alumni group (CAC RACING LLC) that are looking to sell their shares. I cannot price their shares for them but I can tell you that at this point the group has about $28,500 cash on hand, no horse and 32 members. We are, however, currently horse shopping. These folks are moving on for various reasons which you can discuss with them individually.

If you are interested or have any questions, please drop me a line at ted@grevelisracing.com and I will answer them the best I can and also will put you in touch with the three of them and you all can negotiate with them individually.

TENS Second

TENS WILD was in a position to win late in the race but was overcome late by Ballyjamesduff. The extra distance seemed to suit the winner just fine. Though, to be fair, TENS was well clear of the third place horse so I don’t think we were out of our element at a mile and a sixteenth, but the winner got the trip he needed.

While I didn’t think that the pace was blistering up front, it certainly was solid with the leaders going :24.04 for the quarter and just a shade under :48 for the half. We got first jump on the top flight but Ballyjamesduff had too much rally in him and we had to settle for second.

I did think that he looked a little uncomfortable down the backside – moving up and sliding back, moving up and sliding back – which may have taken something out of him, but kudos to the winner, he beat us fair and square by a solid 2 1/4.

We’ll rest up and come right back at them again – probably at a lower level. I really thought we were gone here so now we’ll have to take less than fair value for him but could be that folks knew that as well and are just waiting for the plunge. Hopefully we can make up for that with another win.

TENS WILD Race Preview

Tomorrow afternoon TENS WILD heads to the post in the 3rd race at Hawthorne Race Course. The race is a $12,500 claiming race going a mile and a sixteenth over the main track. Jockey Denny Velazquez, who guided TENS to his last victory, has already left Chicago to set up shop in Louisiana for the Fair Grounds meet so Julio Franco takes the reins. We drew post position 6 in the six horse field and have been crowned the 2-1 morning line favorite.

MARTY WHO (M Perez/E Perez) – He was a good second to TENS in their last race. He kept trying to come at him but TENS would not let him by and eventually drew off a bit.

DANDYMAN (Manly/Mello) – This is not the same horse that rang up four wins and $53,000 in earnings in 2014. He’s starting to drop through the ranks and this may not be his last stop down the ladder.

PART’N PARCEL (Dorris/Bielby) – This fella was sharp coming back north to Hawthorne, scoring by a nose in an $8000 claimer last out.

BALLYJAMESDUFF (Haran/Hennesy) – He had some trouble last out but TENS still beat him by 4 1/4. He’ll probably need a blistering pace up front to get there and I’m not sure that it’s here.

MY PAL PAUL (Lynn/Roman) – It’s hard to argue with the trip he got last time out under Sanchez but switches down to a jock having a tough meet. Hard to see him stepping up here.


Any speed in here looks to be on the inside. As we know, TENS tends to break well and I can see us settling in third or fourth behind the front runners early. In fact, I’d be looking for a carbon copy of his last race while perhaps being a little further back early. There are never any guarantees and on any given day…but I like us in here.

While I don’t think it is a certainty that we’ll get claimed, I think the odds are better than 50/50 in here so prepare yourself that this may just be our last race of the season.

Good luck!

TENS Up Wednesday

TENS WILD is in on Wednesday at Hawthorne. The race is another $12,500 claiming race on the dirt that was hung as an extra. The race goes with only a field of six – four of the sixth in from TENS last victory with one climbing up from $8,000 while the other dropping in from $16,000. This time we’re going a mile and a sixteenth which was a little more problematic for him at $16,000 but not so much at $10,000 in Texas.

The race is the 3rd on the card with a scheduled post time of 3:10PM.

Look for the preview in the next couple of days.

Good luck!

Photo Proofs

Here are some of the photos that Four Footed Fotos took of TENS last race. They are courtesy of Four Footed Fotos and should not be copied or displayed. If you’d like to order, here is the information again:


You can find the photos on the date of the race and call (425) 391-9193 to order.

Winners' Circle

Winners’ Circle

Under the rail photo

Under the rail photo

Finish with bottom caption

Finish with bottom caption

Action shot with caption

Action shot with caption

TENS Doing Well

Tens Wild came back from his race well. He’s been back to the track for about a week and we’ve started looking for his next race which should be in another week to ten days or so.

We would like to come back one more time in the very same spot we just won, but we’ll have to see what comes up. The condition books are a little spotty. A cursory glance shows the next route $12,500 claiming race going a mile and an eighth which may be a bit too long while a $12,500 on the grass going a bit longer may be a bit too far out. But Clay will look at the overnights and see what could fit as well and if we have to adjust to another claiming price we will.

I spoke to the Hawthorne bookkeeper and we did indeed qualify for the Registered Illinois-bred Owner Award which brought us an additional $2,688. Another race/win like that and we’ll be right about where we started this year!

For those of you that missed it but want to order a photo of our boy’s win at Hawthorne, here is the link to Four Footed Fotos website:


You can find the photos on the date of the race and call (425) 391-9193 to order.