“Belle is Brilliant!”

Hard to imagine things going better than they did yesterday.  Belle broke well, stalked the early pace and, under a patient ride from Orlando Mojica, found room in the lane and just blasted off to win by 4 3/4 lengths.

Kudos go out to Nevada and Veronica Litfin and team for getting her back on track – so to speak.  She was ready to roll and roll she did.  Also a very nice job by Orlando biding his time, keeping her relaxed, then finding a way through when the rail didn’t open up and letting her loose.

We’ll see how she came out of the race, let her get back to work and see what races remain in the meet.  Providing all is well and we get a race that fits, we may be able to get one more start in before the meet ends.

Here is the chart of the race: CBY081317USA9

Congratulations everybody!  Photos will be available downstairs in the track photographer’s office starting Thursday evening after 6:00 PM.

Race Preview: Brilliant Belle

Belle goes tomorrow in the 9th race with Orlando Mojica aboard.  She will be breaking from the rail in the 5 1/2 furlong dash over the main track for a tag of $6250.

1 BRILLIANT BELLE (LITFIN/O MOJICA)

2 Spell Winder (Donlin/Loveberry) – Morning line favorite has had a great meet and coming off an impressive victory in her last over lesser.  She will definitely want on or near the lead and if we go too we’ll know early on if our girl has any heart left.

3 Muster In (Cancahri/P Canchari) – First of two entries from the Luis Canchari barn.  This one comes back to the main surface after a try over the turf and a trip to Omaha which were not fruitful.

4 Desert Summer (Van Winkle/Goodwin) – Another coming back to the dirt after a turf try.  Was solid at $7500 last time here but going to need some speed to go after.

5 Wonder About Lola (Fields/Sanchez) – Winner of two of three from a barn having a very solid meet.  Moves up a tick and should be trying to stalk the early pace.

6 Gold Cup Skier (Bravo/R Mojica) – Certainly speedy Minnesotan had a rough go at $5000 ($7500 for state breds).  Showed no speed in that one but has shown it before.

7 Sandy’s Song (Canchari/A Canchari) – Luis’ second entry had been trying tougher here on and off the turf before also trying Omaha.  She has been competitive but not able to close the deal for about a year back in Pennsylvania.  The drop should be what she’s looking for.  She should be closer to the pace under Alex and will be a threat late.

Can we win here?  Sure.  But it really is hard to tell what our girl is thinking these days.  I thought her last race was a good spot for her to be in and she just folded her tents and went home when pressured.  That was surprising considering how dogged she was in her victory to kick off the Canterbury season.  Could be that her hoof hadn’t fully healed or it could be she’s only brave when she hits the front.  We, of course, can’t ask her so we gave her some class relief and we’ll see how she does.

With the rail I would anticipate her to get out well and try and clear a little bit before the speed on her outside comes down.  Ideally Spell Winder and Gold Cup Skier go and she can be a position to get past these late – if she’ll go ahead and allow it.

Should be interesting.  We’ll see soon enough.  Good luck everybody!

Belle In Sunday

Race 9 on Sunday will mark the return of Group 1 to the paddock!  Belle will be taking on a group of 8 other fillies and mares going 5.5 furlongs over the main track.  The race is for horses that have not won 4 races lifetime and a tag of $6,250.  She drew the rail with Orlando Mojica aboard.

So why would we run her under her purchase price?

Well, she’s had two really subpar races in a row.  The first she had an excuse with the stumble but in the last she was pressured on the outside and just gave up.  She seems to have bounced back from her foot injury but there may be some lingering mental issues for her.  We drop her down to try and get her some confidence as well as get a measure of how far off she may be.  If she really struggles with this group (it could happen) then we have a horse who has really tailed off.

She’s also won nearly $11,000 for us at this point.  We bought her for around $8,000.  Should she happen to get claimed at $6250 and happens to also win the race ($7500 winner’s share) she would have banked us $24,000 at a cost of about $8200 (including tax) plus expenses for 4.5 months (about $12,000) for a net profit of about $4,000.

Sure it’s not exceptional but in the grind it out world of lower level claiming, it’s the goal.

Of course all kinds of other things can happen: we could come in 9th and still get claimed; we could come in 9th and NOT get claimed; and any number of permutations which could result in net loss, break even or less profit.

You’ve got to run them where they have a chance of winning. Given her 14 Beyer and getting absolutely smoked last out, this may be her best chance given how badly she’s tailed off.

We will preview the race tomorrow.  Good luck and see you at the races!

She’s 5/2 on the morning line and second choice.

Great Tour; Looking to Enter

The weather turned out to be delightful for the second and final tour of the season on Saturday.  There were no surprises this tour like a loose horse on the racetrack, but we managed to have a good time none the less.

Managed some cell phone photos because Heather was called to other duty that morning.

Though ideally we’d run the girl next weekend we may not get a race we want until the weekend after.  Either way – we’re actively looking to get her in as soon as we can.

Saturday’s Tour Details

Belle is doing well. We didn’t get her in this weekend but, as Nevada mentioned in the video that was posted earlier, we will work her out this weekend and shoot for a conditioned (non-winners of 4 lifetime) claiming race for next weekend.

Here are the details for Saturday morning:

– We will meet you all at the stable gate at 9:00 AM. While we may wait a couple of minutes, late comers cannot be allowed entry to the backside, so please be prompt. The stable gate is located on Barenscheer (sp) Rd. If you’re approaching Canterbury from 169, go straight through the lights instead of turning left at the light. The backside will be on your left. Take the first left and then the first left again. That is the stable entrance. You can park along the side there or along Barensheer on the grass. Please make sure that you are off the road.

– The second training break of the morning is from 9-9:30 so we will take advantage of this time to visit the Administration building, then we’ll watch some horses working over the track as it reopens, visit the equine pool and then by the Litfin barn to visit with Belle;

– There will be a LOT of walking so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared. The tour will take about 2 hours, perhaps a bit more so be comfortable and dress for the weather. There are rest rooms in the admin building and not along the way, so plan accordingly;

– If you’re bringing kids, keep a close hold of them. There is a lot of potential for injury and we cannot be responsible for kids wandering off. Which leads to the next point…

– Horses have the right of way at all times. We’ll keep the group close together and make sure that we give the horses a wide berth. There will be a lot of activity this time of the morning and we need to make sure that we stay out of the way.

– When we get to the barn and Belle is brought out for us, please mind the stable folks that bring her out. Please don’t crowd and listen to their instructions. She’s a sweet girl BUT she’s still a horse and there will be a lot of people.

– If you go to take pictures with her, please don’t dawdle. We want to make sure that everyone gets a chance with her!

The tours are always a big highlight of the Club. It looks like Saturday – at least as of right now – is going to be overcast and a bit chilly (for summer) so dress accordingly!