I Never Gave Up finished 4th yesterday in the 3rd at Oaklawn.
She broke well and Alex Birzer guided her into a stalking position down the backstretch and into the turn. As the field straightened out for home she was angled out a bit and had a straight shot to the finish line. For a moment it looked like she might just sweep on by but she tired and was unable to gain any ground on the leaders. She was nipped at the wire to for third.
The Club picks up a check for $1150 which will covering her shipping to Canterbury and a wee bit more.
She seemed to come out of the race okay but very tired so she’s not quite at the fitness level that she needs to be. Nevada, however, will take care of that in the mornings.
The timing for her first start at home looks to be good for opening weekend but we have a lack of races to choose from. There are several state bred maiden races but the only open maiden race is opening night in a maiden claiming $10,000. We want to get in action as quickly as possible but we also want to try and maximize the potential of our starts and if she can win at a higher level, we want to give her that opportunity. The other side of that coin, of course, is you can only run what is written.
However we won’t put the start before the horse (HA!) but get her and Mr. Ark up here, settled in and – weather eventually permitting – getting them training over the racetrack.
The Litfin stable will be packing up throughout the weekend and will hit the road early next week. Once they get settled in we will touch base with Nevada and see how the move went and how our charges are settling in.