The gates opened and Vanderboom Ridge went to his knees. Denny Velazquez was able to gather him up and then hustle him toward the front but that was all she wrote right there – the effort expended to get into position combined with the race going a 16th more than he probably wants to go was enough to doom us and Boomer was in good position but faded in the stretch to finish fifth.
He did not get claimed in the race so we have started the process for looking for his new home. We want to make sure that he has a good landing spot for him. He came out of the race in good shape so it’s not inconceivable that he can go somewhere to race in 2017.
In the interim we are pointing to perhaps one more race on December 15th at Hawthorne. That would, of course, depend upon whether we still own him or not. It will be at the bottom going a mile and 70 yards with the hope that against the weaker he can hang on for another 70 yards.