We dropped our first claim slip today in the sixth race at Oaklawn on a mare named Congrats Honey. Congrats Honey is a 5-year old mare by Congrats out of an Honor and Glory mare, Happy Honeymoon.
She’s a steady and consistent sort, the type we like to have as a Club runner. She had been running quite a bit since her return to the races after a short break and doing so at a class level that may have been a bit high for her. We thought that dropping back into claiming company at $10,000 was a square price on her so Clay checked her out on the way over from the barn and in the paddock and went ahead and filled out the claim slip on her.
She ran a very game second at 14-1 behind an emphatic winner, verifying the faith we had in her.
There were three claim slips filled out for her, though. Three numbered pills were placed in a bottle and the three slips were numbered. The bottle was shaken and the then inverted – first pill out wins the “shake” and gets the horse.
It was not us.
So we go back and keep looking while we also keep an eye on her and see if she comes back one more time before the end of the meet as well.
Back, as they say, to the drawing board!
We can’t win a 3 way shake but we win a 15.. Starting out to be a fun year!
Look forward the the start of the Canterbury season with Kipper Key. Nice pick up after the 15 way shake. He must have been a highly regarded claimer. Nice shakin’ down in Hot Springs!