Bam Runs 3rd, is Sold

It wasn’t exactly the way we wanted it to end, but Bam finished 3rd yesterday. It was clear early in the race that he was fighting the restraint of jockey Seth Martinez. Obviously, Seth didn’t want him to run himself out of the race early. Unfortunately, after fighting restraint early in the race, Bam ran out of gas in mid-stretch and finished 3rd, beaten just over three lengths.

In four starts, Bam gave us two wins, a second and a third. The good news is that he certainly ran well when on the track, the bad news is that he didn’t get to the track enough. In all, it was worth it to send Bam to Chicago as it ended up being a profitable trip for the group.

Following the race, Great Bam was sold for $3,000 to a group that includes Kevin Lay. In all, that’s a pretty fair price given the fact that there will be no racing in Chicago for the next six weeks and the fact that they are still dealing with the Equine herpesvirus issues that leave them quarantined at the track. Had the quarantine not been in place, we likely could have gotten a little more as he could have been sent to another track; however, once a quarantine goes into effect, there isn’t much that can be done.

If you’ve been following Hawthorne’s racing recently, you’ve noticed that their claiming activity has more or less come to a complete stop due to these issues. Thus, this seemed like a fair price and will allow us to close out the group per the original club agreement.

Some of you may remember that Kevin was involved in the racing club last year. Hopefully this means you’ll be able to continue to follow Great Bam and maybe we’ll see him back at Canterbury in 2013!

If my math is correct, in total, the 2012 racing club compiled a record as follows:


1 Start (1 Second)

Great Bam

4 Starts (2 Firsts, 1 Second and 1 Third)

Lovely Tak

3 Starts (1 First and 2 Fourths)

High Spirit

3 Starts (1 First and 2 Thirds)

Thanks to everyone that joined this year’s club. We’ll be back after the holidays with updates including information regarding the finalization of the sale and a final financial update once all of the bills have been paid.

Have a great holiday season and a wonderful New Year.


Bam in Race 1 on Friday

As you may have already found out, Great Bam has been entered in Race 1 on Friday, a $10,000 claiming race going 6 and 1/2 furlongs with a purse of $16,000. On paper, it stacks up as a relatively competitive affair but the good news is that it’s only a field of six. Seth Martinez will again have the call.

Clay decided that this is where Great Bam likely had the best chance of winning. Taking a quick scan through the Past Performances for Friday and you can see that the $5,000 claiming race going six furlongs drew a capacity crowd (two of which are trained by Clay). In reality, that race is just about as tough as the $10,000 claimer.

Additionally, the allowance race did go drawing a field of 8. If you compare that group to the group Bam will face there is a noticeable class difference. Six of the eight runners in the allowance race have produced a Beyer Speed Figure this year that is better than the career high Bam ran his last time out.

Thus, we run in the first against five foes. Here’s a quick look at the field:

#1 Longer Version The Illinois-bred has been facing state-bred competition and now goes in against open toward the end of the Hawthorne meet. He has been soundly defeated in three starts off the claim and is likely to be the highest price in the race.

#2 Schillerthekiller – This name may be familiar to you. Clay trained this horse throughout the summer and he notched one victory and one second place finish from two Canterbury starts. He was claimed away from Clay two starts back and finished fourth against similar competition last time out. Has a right to be competitive.

#3 Great Bam – You are all familiar with him. Not clear how the extra half furlong will affect him but he has hit the board in four of five career races at the distance. Without any other clearly defined front-runner, might he go straight to the lead today?

#4 Angel Talk – Takes a slight drop in class down a claiming level back to the level of his most recent victory. Has beaten handily in his two efforts against better. Eleven career wins include six at Hawthorne so he knows his way around this oval. Could potentially go to the lead depending on how quickly Bam gets into stride.

#5 Lalo’s Baby Bear – Exits a win last time out at this level and has some impressive back class. It’s possible that he is rounding back into form and that likely gives him just a slight lean on the morning line when it comes out. One to fear.

#6 Go Doug Go – Will be scratched out of a $14,000 claiming race on Thursday to run here instead. Slight drop down the ladder makes him a contender in here; however, he’ll need a quick pace to run down from off the pace. Probably the third wagering choice.

That’s a quick look at the field for Friday. Post time for the opener is 2:00pm. Hope you can sneak out to Canterbury to watch the race! Good luck.

Racing Club Financial Update

Here’s an update to where the clubs stands financially as we enter November. This updated account of our financial position includes Great Bam’s October earnings in addition to October training expenses and October vet bills.

Here’s a closer look at the numbers:

Racing Club Balance 9/30 – $17,959.53

October Earnings:

1st Place Finish (10/6) – $6,600

1st Place Finish (10/27) – $7,500

Total October Earnings – $14,100

October Expenses:

October Training (31 Days @ $60 per day) – $1,860

Great Bam Shoes 10/5 – $125

Jockey Fee to Seth Martinez 10/6 (10% of $6,600) – $660

Trainer Fee to Clay Brinson 10/6 (10% of $6,600) – $660

Jockey Fee to Seth Martinez 10/27 (10% of $7,500) – $750

Trainer Fee to Clay Brinson 10/27 (10% of $7,500) – $750

Pony to Post (10/6 and 10/27) – $50

Groom Bonus for the Win (10/6 and 10/27) – $100

Win Photos for Jockey – $24.04

October Veterinarian Expenses:

Raceday Medication – $45

Electrolytes, Vitamins and Enzymes – $90

Thyroid Medication, Joint Lubricants and Supplements – $439.95

Total October Training & Veterinarian Expenses – $5,553.99

Total Remaining Balance – $26,505.54

Another Victory for Great Bam

Great Bam did it again this past weekend cruising to a 4 and 1/4 length victory as a heavy 1/2 wagering favorite at Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago. Chart of the race.

The race unfolded in a similar manner to his last. He didn’t get out of the gate extremely well, but ranged up to the outside of the pace-setters around the turn and then put them all away under Seth Martinez in late stretch. You can watch a replay of the race here.

The race was completed in a relatively fast time of 1:10.84, it is one of the quicker six furlong times of the meet to date. As a result, Great Bam earned a career-best preliminary 81 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort (11 points better than his previous career-best number earned in mid-2011). For comparison, there were two six and one half furlong allowance races contested last week and the six furlong times in those two races were in the 1:11.40 neighborhood.

Initial reports are that Bam came out of the race in good shape. Obviously, we’ll continue to monitor his condition; however, if he continues to do well, he’s probably earned the chance to run against allowance competition.

Looking ahead in the condition book, the next allowance race that is in the book (which would fit his conditions) would come up at six and one half furlongs on November 7. That is likely too quick to come back and the current Condition Book ends on November 17. Therefore, Clay will be looking to find where the next race may be, keeping in mind that it could come up as an extra. We’ll let him find the right spot as he has Bam at the top of his game right now.

Again, the best way to get a picture would be for anyone interested to give the office a call at Hawthorne and order on your own. They accept credit cards. Make sure you are clear that you are ordering a picture from Race 4 at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday, October 27, 2012 – Great Bam.

Four Footed Fotos
425-271-9424 main office
708-780-3700 (x3654) on race days

Congratulations on another victory, hope that you are all still enjoying the ride!

Bam Wins Easily on Saturday

As was predicted here, Bam went off at below the 2-1 morning line… way below at 3/5. Luckily, he didn’t disappoint running off to win by a widening 8 and 1/4 lengths despite having the horse immediately to his inside, Jack’s Big Fella, break out and cut him off in the opening stages of the race.

You can visit Hawthorne’s website for the race replay (or click here). It isn’t the highest qualify video, but it was nice of track announcer Peter Galassi to work in the Shakopee reference as Bam drew off in late stretch.

If you haven’t seen the chart of the race, you can view it here. Seth did a great job letting him relax just enough to go grab the lead and run away in the stretch.

Great Bam earned a 67 Beyer Speed Figure for his effort on Saturday. It’s his best Beyer Figure since March 28 when he won but was disqualified for interference. It puts him back in about the same company he was keeping at the time he was claimed.

Jeff spoke with the track photographer at Hawthorne and determined that the best way to get a picture would be for anyone interested to give the office a call and order on their own. They accept credit cards. Make sure you are clear that you are ordering a picture from Race 4 at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday, October 6, 2012 – Great Bam.

Four Footed Fotos
425-271-9424 main office
708-780-3700 (x3654) on race days

We’ll pass along updates as to how he came out of the race and what the next step may be after we speak with Clay later on this week. Congratulations on Victory #3!

Great Bam Saturday Race Preview

Back by popular demand, here’s a preview of Great Bam’s race on Saturday. As was mentioned in the previous post, he’s been installed as the 2-1 favorite on the morning line.

#1 Anthony’s Prayer (12-1) – Has been toiling at this level for quite a while and is winless since 2012. Has been beaten handily by lower competition in his most recent efforts. One the outside looking in. At most, a pace factor.

#2 Exchange Legend (20-1) – Broke his maiden at the very bottom this summer at Fairmont Park. Has not done well against winners in two subsequent efforts. He is lightly raced and only three so he is eligible to get better.

#3 Old Low Down (5-1) – A competitive sort that has been in the mix. Expect him to be close to the lead, potentially stalking the pace. Spent the summer on Arlington’s Polytrack and now returns to dirt where he has never finished worse than third in four career starts. Trainer hasn’t done well this year… 0 for 2012.

#4 Trust More (9/2) – Narrowly missed last out at Fairmont. Hadn’t really been close since breaking the maiden in January at Oaklawn Park. Finally showed a little speed last time out and have to expect they try to do the same again on Saturday. Pace player.

#5 Gracies Brudder (12-1) – Dropping in class and returning to the dirt where his only previous career start was a complete disaster. Hard to figure out what he’ll do, but have to think he goes for the lead. Interesting on the class drop, not on present form.

#6 Taxes (15-1) – Has been soundly defeated by easier competition in his last two. Wouldn’t expect a major reversal today. Definite outsider.

#7 Abaco Storm (4-1) – Has been running against tougher, has absolutely no early speed which means he’ll be coming from way off the pace. That running style isn’t as bad at Hawthorne but traffic can still be an issue. Bam defeated him twice back in March when the two ran heads up. Likely to be a late threat.

#8 Cherokeechallenger (20-1) – Has never raced on real dirt and has not defeated a single horse in three starts in 2012.

#9 Jack’s Big Fella (30-1) – Just broke the maiden against much softer competition. May have a little early speed but shouldn’t be anything too dangerous. Just need him to break cleanly so that Bam can get away in good order.

#10 Great Bam (2-1) – He’s probably going to go off at just below this morning line price if the race is bet as I expect. Shouldn’t be too much speed to deal with but needs to secure a good position. Hopefully he’s a little more fit this time around and he’ll be able to sit just off the pace before finishing with authority. Striking the lead too early in the race may not necessarily be good for him as he may need something to run at. If he runs his best, it’s his race to lose.

Without going into too much detail, it appears that High Spirit is well-spotted in his Hawthorne debut. His late-running style will be much better suited for that track than for Canterbury’s. Wouldn’t be at all surprising should he happen to win. At 6-1 on the morning line… may need to make sure to get out here so you can bet both of the runners!

Great Bam Entered for Saturday

As was the plan, Great Bam has been entered for Saturday’s races at Hawthorne Race Course. Seth Martinez was named as the rider and Bam drew post 10 (of 10 entries) in Race 4. He has been installed as a rather heavy favorite on the morning line at just 2-1 which is a little surprising for a horse that is 1 for 31 lifetime. However, on paper, he certainly does fit with this group.

There is some other speed in the race so he may be best suited to sit just off the leaders and try to make a closing move in deep stretch. It’s historically been difficult to win at Hawthorne in wire-to-wire fashion, so that would be the ideal trip. The big key will likely be whether he decides to settle down early in the race or if he becomes tough to handle.

According to the Daily Racing Form, the race is scheduled to go off at 3:40pm. Hopefully many of you will be able to make it out to Canterbury to watch him run!

Also, High Spirit has been entered on the card in Race 2. It appears that Clay has been retained to train him once again for his new owner Jill Houston. You can check out full entries for the Hawthorne Card here.

Five Furlong Work Posted, Plan for the Week

Great Bam was on the track again this morning in preparation for his anticipated race next Saturday. Clay had him go out and put in a sharp drill, which is his typical procedure in the final work before a race. Bam covered the five furlongs in 1:01.40 which ranked as the fastest of nine workouts recorded at the distance today.

The plan is still to put him in the $5,000 N2L on Saturday. Entries for Saturday will be taken on Wednesday; thus, at that point we will know whether or not he will race on Saturday.

Clay told Jeff today that the plan is to use jockey Seth Martinez. That name may be familiar to some of you, Martinez was Canterbury’s leading rider in both 2002 and 2005.

More information to come as the week progresses!