Welcome to the Barn, Vanderboom Ridge

Miz Owell finally has a stablemate, the 5-year old gelding Vanderboom Ridge. Boomer is by Borrego and out of the Come Summer mare Cristina Ridge, bred in Kentucky by Winchester Place Thoroughbreds.

This is one that we’ve been following for a while now. He was a bit expensive, and perhaps overpriced, at $20,000, this drop to $10,000 was very appealing so we dropped the slip and got the Club a new runner.

He’s run 18 times now with 3 wins, 3 seconds and a third. He’s been successful on the dirt and turf and has been competitive from $10,000 – $20,000 so we should have some nice options going forward. We’ll get him back to the barn, give him a once over and he’ll walk for a few days before heading back to the track and we’ll look for his next start.

Speaking of Miz Owell, she may have been a little tired late in the last race from her earlier colic episode but that has shown no signs of returning. She was galloping over the track today and came back well. Miz Owell is being pointed to a race on August 6 – another $7500 over the grass at 7 1/2 furlongs, but more on that as we get closer.


10 thoughts on “Welcome to the Barn, Vanderboom Ridge

  1. I ran into Clay before the announcement and he told me. How exciting!!! I’m so glad that we have our two great horses!!!

  2. Just Watched K2 in his race today. I know he got off to a bad start, but how can a horse that was so good for us go to finishing last in a 4k optional claiming race. Can you go into the differences in training, or fitness he may be seeing in his new stable? He seems like a different horse.

    • All those things could be possible. It’s possible he may have sustained an injury in training or racing that has caused him to slide a little bit, too. He’s been in training since January and he may need a bit of a break, too. It’s hard to say not having him in the our barn, but all could be possible factors.

    • You still had to pay $7,500 to claim him. He is a great looking horse but he doesn’t really fit Canterbury. Horses that have to come from more than 8 lengths off the pace only win about 15% of the time. Also Butler wasn’t really riding him very hard in the last race. He needs the pace setters to come back to him and they didn’t last race. Except Greek Week who broke in the air and had to rush up to get on the lead. The fractions for him in the race for us were 24.51 – 47.87 – 59.45 – 112. Sunday his fractions were 25.59 – 48.39 – 59.76 – 111.77. So he was a length faster last race. Granted the track conditions were different with a good (sealed) track in the race for us versus a fast track Sunday.

    • Should. We have two horse and six weeks. If everyone stays healthy, perhaps 4 more starts by the end of the meet.

    • I’ve been out of pocket most of this week but I did use Twitter yesterday to announce that Saturday’s race didn’t fill but we will try again. It’s back as an extra for Sunday so we’ll enter again today for Sunday. There will be a longer post momentarily.

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