Another fabulous job by Shelly Benson putting together a video of MUNDY’s day. It certainly didn’t go as planned and we’ll be taking a bit of an extra look at her this week to make sure all systems are okay. I’ll keep you posted.
We finally got a race for MUNDY. The race is 7.5 furlongs on the turf. There are two conditions for the race, called a started allowance/optional claiming: 1) fillies and mares that have started for a claiming price of $10,000 or less OR 2) entered for a claiming price of $12,500. What this means is that if you enter a horse under condition #1 it is not eligible to be claimed. You can also enter under condition #2 which is a straight claiming price of $12,500. MUNDY is entered under condition #2. The purse is $20,000.
The field is small, only 6 horses, but it is a pretty strong one. MACHORINA fits the first condition, so she’s back and former jockey (and Steve’s brother) Cash Assmussen, has a nice mare up from Texas and there are a couple of other familiar faces. I’ll break the race down later in the week.
We will have a spot in Silks on Friday. Race 3 is the first race after the Quarter Horse races and I will meet you all in Silks for Race 2. This time Group 4 gets there shot in the paddock. As a reminder, Group 4 is S – Z. Groups 2 & 3 have started a streak, so Group 4 has some pressure (and a bit of a tougher race, to be fair).
EDDY photos will be available upstairs at the 3rd floor info booth. If you were on the “no photo” list, you will be again unless you let us know otherwise. Anyone else not need a photo, please let us know (email@example.com) and we’ll save the money in the group.
Aside from a chance of storms today, we’re looking at clear skies (allegedly) from tomorrow forward so MUNDY should get her firm course. Additionally, she worked wonderfully on the 6th, going 4 furlongs in :48 flat – the fastest work of the day at that distance. More importantly she came out of it just fine and is anxious to race with some purpose.
The Club claimed it’s second and final horse (for now) of the 2013 season, turf specialist MUNDY out of the 4th race today at Canterbury for $16,000.
Munday is 5-year old mare out of the Cherokee Run mare Conquestress by the Giant’s Causeway stallion First Samurai.
The stakes placed mare is an effective middle distance runner and had a bit of a troubled trip from the race we claimed her. She stayed just off the pace, which is not her normal running style, and as she moved up along the rail ran into trouble causing her to be steadied a bit and losing momentum heading through the turn. She tried to close through the lane but was unable to recover her lost momentum and still finished a nice third considering she was running against her running style and on a softer turf course that she’s been used to running.
We’ll get her back to Clay’s barn and give her the once over before starting her on the “Brinson Treatment” and seeing where she fits next!