May 30 Racing Club Update

Jeff and I went back to talk with Clay today to get some updates on the condition and progress of both Great Bam and Downerbythemeadow. He seems pleased with both at this point. Check out his comments first hand in the video below:

Covering some other questions that have been asked recently:

1. Neither horse really has a barn name. They typically go by their full names or shortened abbreviations of their actual names.

2. Right now it is most likely that all horses will race in Clay Brinson’s silks.

3. Clay uses a lot of different jockeys and doesn’t have any plans set in stone for your horses at this point in time. Nik Goodwin was aboard Great Bam for his workout, so he may be the most likely candidate for him. However, Clay said he will discuss that with us further when we get closer to race day.

Lastly, there is a possibility that the group will get a third horse tomorrow. There is a horse racing at Churchill that Clay has had his eye on. We’ll be sure to keep you updated if anything happens on that front.

Great Bam Update

Jeff and I spoke with trainer Clay Brinson yesterday and he reported the horse experienced a set back during training yesterday. Clay said that Great Bam was out for a gallop and the exercise rider noticed that he was bleeding from the nose while galloping.

Although this sounds bad, it is relatively common for horses to suffer from a condition known as Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (read more about EIPH here). As a precaution, Clay had a vet examine him after returning to the barn to determine if there was a larger problem. The vet reported that everything looked fine and placed Bam on antibiotics to avoid an infection.

Clay said that he plans on giving Great Bam a couple of days off before returning to the track. He’ll continue to keep a close eye on him and will let us know if anything changes.

Obviously, the inability to go to the track for the next couple of days makes it less likely that he’ll be able to race next weekend. However, we’ll let Clay continue to monitor his progress and let us know when he’ll be ready to race.

On the subject of finding another horse, Clay told us that he is looking a horse at Churchill that he used to train that may be available for purchase. Additionally, he’s looking at horses he might be able to claim here.

Racing is a game of up and downs. It’s easy to ride the waves of emotion but sometimes you need to try to keep an even keel.

Meet Trainer Clay Brinson

Jeff and I went back to talk to Clay about the horse, his plans and what race he believes is best for Great Bam. If you did not read the previous post, it may be helpful to go back and take a look. The explanations of types of races will help you when going through this post.

As you heard in the video, Clay has picked out two races that are possibilities, one on May 25 and another on May 28. The plan for right now is to enter the one on May 25, and if it doesn’t draw enough horses, go in the race on May 28 which we hope will have enough horses. Obviously, we won’t know what happens until entries are taken for those days.

Entries for Friday, May 25 will be taken a week from today and entries for May 28 will be taken a week from Friday. The races are nearly identical in that they are both sprints for horses that have not won two races lifetime; however, the race on Friday, May 25 carries a $10,000 claiming price while the race on May 28 carries a $5,000 claiming price.

Yesterday’s blog discussed the condition book. You can find the condition book by clicking here. The May 25 race looks like this in the condition book:

You’ll notice that the purse is $9,000 (to be split amongst all runners in the race), the race is for horses three years old and up, the claiming price is $10,000 and the race will be run at a distance of six furlongs on the main track.

The race on May 28, looks like this:

You’ll notice that the purse is $7,000 (to be split amongst all runners in the race), the race is for horses three years old and up, the claiming price is $5,000 and the race will be run at a distance of five and one half furlongs on the main track.

It’s likely that both races will not go, so we’ll have to play it by ear. Clay will be on top of the situation and will keep us abreast if anything changes.

Please post comments or questions that you may have about the condition book, these specific races or anything else that interests you. We hope that all of you are enjoying a wonderful Mothers’ Day.

Great Bam… Pictures!

We were able to make it out to the stable yesterday to get a look at Great Bam. Clay reports that he’s happy with the amount of weight that he has put on and he has been galloping on a daily basis over the past week. Check him out!

Clay also mentioned that he expected to give Great Bam a more aggressive workout sometime next week. You can get updates on workouts by using the tool we mentioned earlier this week at Equibase. Check out this tool if you want to get e-mail notifications of important racing information. Sign up for an account, then click on Add a Horse and type in the name of the horse (Great Bam) to get notifications sent to your inbox.

We’ll be back later in the week with video talking more about how he looks, upcoming plans and potential races for the Great Bam!

Great Bam Has Arrived! Plus April Bill Information

Clay and Great Bam got into town earlier this week. Jeff went back and talked to Clay on Wednesday and we’ll plan on going back mid-week to get pictures, video and more. Jeff reported that he looked good and was on the track on both Thursday (jogging) and Friday (galloping). Additionally, Clay reported that he had been in contact with his brother about buying another horse and that he is examining a couple of possibilities. Obviously, we’ll pass along more information when we hear back.

Bills have started arriving for Great Bam, so as we promised, we’ll track them on the blog so that you can follow along and better understand the costs.

In total, we have 145 Club members and our 5% owner. This generated a total starting balance of $41,250.

Our expenses to this point are:

Claim of Great Bam – $5,000

19 Days of Training (April 12 – 30) Great Bam at $60 per day – $1,140

Full Equine Blood Work Panel – $128

Thyroid Treatment & Phenylbutazone – $125.55

Therefore, our cash balance at the end of April is $34,856.45

Earlier, people had asked about how to track workouts, entries, etc. Check out this tool from Equibase if you want to get e-mail notifications of important racing information. Click on Add a Horse and type in the name of the horse to get notifications sent to your inbox.

End of the Hawthorne Meet

Well, today marked the conclusion of the Hawthorne race meet and we were not able to find another horse via the claim box. Clay is looking for horses that might be for sale by the trainers that remain at Hawthorne. He has also put a call in to a few people he knows around the country to see if they have something that would meet the needs of the Club.

He intends to ship his horses to Canterbury early this week. Once he settles in, we’ll go back to the barn to get some pictures and more information on Great Bam.

Stay tuned, more to come later in the week.

Giving a New Definition to “Twins Territory”

Well, we struck out yet again after losing another shake on another claim today at Hawthorne. Clay targeted Rare Action in the first race, she went off as the third wagering choice and won by six lengths, but we lost the shake to trainer Frank Randazzo (same trainer we lost the shake to the other day).

Rare Action is a five-year-old mare who has now hit the board in 26 of 38 starts. She has some speed and would have been a good fit at Canterbury.

This loss makes us 1 for 4 in shakes. The percentage of claims we have been successful at is now roughly equal to the Minnesota Twins winning percentage (.263) and team batting average (.258). Hence, the shot taken in the headline of the post (sorry Twins fans).

Clay is planning to take a look at a couple of horses again tomorrow. We’ll keep you posted of any updates. Hurry up and wait… it’s the name of the racing game.

Well… We’re Now 1 for 3

Trainer Clay Brinson made another attempt today to get the group a second horse but, once again, we fell victim to bad luck losing a two-way shake.

Clay contacted Jeff and myself this morning about the possibility of claiming Abuela Emma for $10,000 out of the day’s first race at Hawthorne. On paper, Abuela Emma looked like she could be competitive on both dirt and turf and at both short and long distances. Obviously, versatility is a huge plus in horse racing and the more races a horse is eligible for and compete in, the better chance you have of finding a level where she can compete.

Unfortunately, trainer Frank Randazzo and new owner Bob Dallas saw the same qualities in Abuela Emma and won the shake leaving us 1 for 3 in shakes. Abuela Emma went on to sat the fractions in a six furlong sprint before fading to fourth beaten by about five lengths.

Losing a shake isn’t surprising, but what is interesting is the fact that we have been involved in one each time we have tried to claim a horse. Usually, shakes aren’t quiet this frequent. At least it lets you know that you’re seeing qualities that other trainers are seeing.

We’re not done yet, we still have Friday, Saturday and Sunday to find a second horse before the meet begins. We’ll do our best to secure one more runner. Hang in there!

The Other Side of the Coin

Well, Clay contacted Jeff and I this morning and said he was interested in claiming Smokin Silver out of today’s fourth race at Hawthorne. After taking a look at the horse, Clay decided to place a claim on him. Unfortunately, two claims were made for Smokin Silver and this time, we lost the shake.

Smokin Silver went off as the prohibitive favorite at 2-5 and held on for a narrow victory. He looked like a horse that would be very competitive here going five and one-half or six furlongs. It just wasn’t meant to be.

Therefore, we’re 1 for 2 in the claiming game. We’ll continue to work with Clay to try to find another horse. Horse racing is a game of ups and downs. It didn’t work out today but we’ll keep trying to find another horse before the start of the season.

In Search of Another Horse

Here’s a quick update of what’s going on with Great Bam and our search for another horse.

Great Bam had blood drawn a few days ago to get a read on his overall well-being. Clay reported that Great Bam’s thyroid level was a little bit lower than normal. Other than that, he appears to have a clean bill of health. That’s definitely good news! Clay also said that he hopes to send Great Bam to the track over the weekend to start to jog him.

Our search for another horse has been relatively uneventful to this point. Jeff talked to former Racing Club Trainer Tammy Domenosky about any horses she may be willing to sell the group but she said that she didn’t have anything for sale that would make sense. Additionally, our trainer Clay Brinson has been keeping his eye out for another horse. Thus far, he’s taken a  look at a couple in the paddock that he was interested in claiming but wasn’t impressed with their overall physique.

Jeff and I talked to him earlier this afternoon. Currently, he is looking at a horse he might want to buy privately. He told us that he was planning on having another discussion with the trainer of that horse tomorrow morning and he’d give us an update on the horse and what the asking price might be. We’ll continue to work with the trainer in an attempt to secure another runner prior to the beginning of the meet!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! When something happens, we’ll be sure to post it here immediately.