Some Photos From Hawthorne

Here are a couple of photos from Terice’s win courtesy of Ron and Cheri Jacobson who made the trip and got in the winners’ circle photo!

Thanks…and enjoy!

Terice loading in the gate before the big race.

Terice loading in the gate before the big race.

And...The WIN!

And…The WIN!

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Win and Claim Close Out 2014 Club

Terice did it! She notched her 2nd win in a row and made it 5 in a row for the Club by overcoming a TON of trouble and winning the 5th at Hawthorne under a confident ride by Emmanuel Esquivel.

Terice broke well and was carried a bit wide through the first turn, though not outrageously so. She finally settled nicely down the backstretch but found her self boxed in and with nowhere to go as they started to enter the far turn. Esquivel had to check her hard to back her out of trouble and then angle around the traffic just to get her a clear run at the leaders when they straightened for home.

Esquivel worked on her nicely through the lane and she responded well closing on and then passing Geneva Lake and holding her at bay through the wire. It was a very confident ride by Emmanuel as he had to have known that he had plenty of horse beneath him. The Jacobson’s were there to represent in the winners’ circle as well!

She did get claimed in that race which, as you know, needed to happen so it was a good thing even though it’s tough to see her go. The new trainer is Chuck Turco who hangs his shingle at Canterbury over the summer so we should see her back again in 2015 and, of course, wish her nothing but the best.

Congratulations, folks. It was a record breaking year and I’m very happy for you all!

Now we will wait for the vet bills and Clay’s last couple of bills and hopefully we will have this all wrapped up with final totals by the 2nd week of January.

Details on next year’s Club and a possible new option for Club members coming in a few days. In the meantime, CELEBRATE!

TERICE Tries to Extend Streak(s)

TERICE takes the track today at Hawthorne about 2:55 PM CT in the 5th race, a $5000 claiming affair going a mile and 70 yards over the main track.

This looks like a stouter group than in her last and while I was hoping that coming right back at this level would get us the claim that we are looking for, there are others in here that seem a bit more likely.

Here is the field:

1 Nikaluk (Reavis/Colvin) – Your morning line favorite. Has a pattern I HATE to see when betting a race: a steep class drop after a claim. No one likes to lose money and claiming for $12,500 and running back after a poor effort and 6 week layoff at $5,000 raises too many red flags for me to count. Could be a tweaked ankle and a ploy by the trainer to try and get a quick win before we figure out we were duped, but I’m very suspicious.

2 Cash in a Shoebox (Holder/Thornton) – She hasn’t graduated from the conditioned claiming ranks yet and now steps in against multiple winners.

3 Sweet Jess (Block/Felix) – Won at higher on the turf and also broke her maiden over this racetrack on the dirt. She’s shown good early speed as well as the flexibility to try and close. She would have been my choice for favoritism.

4 Geneva Lake (Rivelli/Sanjur) – An off the pace type whose class level fits very well in here. Beat $10,000 claimers two starts back though faltered at $8,000 in a pace scenario that I would have thought would have been right for her, though it could have been the extra distance. A heated battle up front and she will be dangerous late.

5 TERICE (BRINSON/ESQUIVEL)

6 Jardenia (Cox/MontalvoCosme) – Won her last in much the same way Terice did, though we came from slightly further back. They bring her right back at this level after the win. She really wasn’t competitive in her races leading up to the win so we’ll have to see if it was a fluke or a turning of the corner.

7 Wildcat Devil (Cristel/Lantz) – While she was second to us last out, it “wasn’t as close as the score indicated,” though it wasn’t a bad effort. Her early speed cold be a real asset for her since the race has scarily little.

8 Wild Luna (Turco/Emigh) – An old friend from Canterbury this summer, she has been thrashed soundly in her last few including by Terice in her last.

Our girl won’t be too far off the pace this race, where she does her best running. We’ve seen throughout this streak that Esquivel will put her in the best spot so we know that we’re going to have a chance. I have concerns about the lack of speed in the race. I guess that Sweet Jess could make a go of it early and perhaps Wildcat Devil will go as well, ensuring an honest pace, but that’s an iffy proposition. The upside to me is that there aren’t any in here that are monsters and the couple that may like to run in front aren’t really speedballs.

The race could come down to the stalkers that have the best trip that are able to lay closer to an anticipated slower pace and being bale to run late. With Emmanuel, I like our chances but she will have to dig deep to hold off a big class dropper like Sweet Jess. The last two races I felt very confident that we could win ’em pretty easily. For this race, I think we can do it, but it will be anything but easy.

Good luck!!

TERICE Makes it Three in a Row

Emmanuel Esquivel may be my hero. Three times he’s climbed aboard and three times he’s booted us home a winner. As the field moved through the first turn and he had her sitting all alone in fourth I turned to Heather and said, “This kid is good. She’s in the exact right spot – now she just needs to be good enough.”

Obviously she was, taking command in the lane and pulling away to win, making it look easy.

With two claims in the race, I thought that someone went ahead and took her but alas, that was not to be. We’ll be bringing them both back at this level in a few weeks and give them all another chance. It’s not that we necessarily want to let them go but we have to and I’m way okay winning our way to the end of the season.

With that win, The Club achieves back to back 4 win seasons and, with no claim, we have a chance of breaking our own record in the next month with another win.

I will get back in touch with the track photographer and see if he has anything for us that I can present to you.

Congratulations everyone!!!

TERICE – Race Preview

As Terice goes postward on Friday afternoon, she carries on her back a 2-race winning streak for the group as well as a new rider, for her, Emmanuel Esquivel. Esquivel has done a wonderful job with MJ and has kept her in the mix until it was time to make the move. Ideally he’ll be able to do the same here.

The race is a $5,000 claiming race going a mile and 16th over the main track. It’s the 5th race with an estimated post time of 3:50 Central Time.

Here is the field:

1 Beertent Baby (Rainwater/Molina) – Hasn’t been able to finish better than 3rd since graduating her conditions. She’s sets the pace in most of her races and will look to do so again in here.

2 Changeforanickle (Lynch/Slinger) – Probably take a minor miracle just for this one to hit the board given her performances for the new connections. The water doesn’t get any shallower moving to Hawthorne from Fairmont.

3 I’ve Heard Rumors (Becker/Roman) – Had a rough go over the main track last out. This one has been really hit and miss. If she’s “on” then she’ll be coming from off the pace. Her regular rider is aboard so if anyone knows how to get her going it would be him.

4 Grayrock (Turco/Felix) – Your 7/2 Morning Line favorite is riding a 2 race winning streak at this level and distance. She stalks beautifully in a style reminiscent of MJ. She is going to be tough to beat.

5 Wildcat Devil (Cristel/Aragon) – Stretching out after exclusively sprinting in her career. Her only win in her past performances was in a non-winners of a race in a year. Otherwise she hasn’t been particularly competitive. She did show speed in that one win but that appears to be an aberration.

6 Dreymore (Randazzo/T Thornton) – A weak third at this level since coming to Hawthorne. She was much more competitive in the Spring at higher levels.

7 Wild Luna (Turco/M Thornton) – Wins this year have come at Turf Paradise, Canterbury and Fonner – all lower levels than this. Her last two at Hawthorne have been relatively non-descript.

8 TERICE (BRINSON/ESQUIVEL)

9 Metonga Mist (Ryan/Meza) – This one could not want to come from further off the pace. Her problem is going to be the lack of pace to run at in here. In her win at this level two back, she came from 23 out of it after having trouble at the break. The race will really need to set up for her and I’m not sure that this one will.

10 Number One Gal (House/Emigh) – Another with a win at this level two races back, she has shown to run better close to the lead though it’ll be tough for her to take on the front runner from the 10 spot. She stays close and she’ll be trouble.

While MJs last couple of races were pretty clear to me, this one is a bit more murky. Jeff mentioned to me that this could be a good betting race and I think he’s right. The money should be a little spread out and for you trifecta and superfecta players, smart boxing here could provide a nice payoff.

Can Terice win? Well, she always can win! I don’t think she’s over her head in here and I thought she had all kinds of trouble in her last race and had no chance whatsoever. If she can stay right around where Grayrock is going to be, then we’ll see who has what left on the way home. Given the lack of speed in here it wouldn’t surprise me if Beertent Baby is able to hold on for a piece in here – and maybe a big upset if she can shake loose and slow it down.

I don’t think that our girl is a clear cut claim in here either, though if you were heading to Tampa and wanted a turf runner, I think she’d be solid or for someone that might want to lay her off until Canterbury in the summer. We shall see. As far as I’m concerned, I think she’ll run well in here but will need some breaks to win. If she has to go head to head with Grayrock down the lane, I wouldn’t bet against our girl’s toughness.

Good Luck!

Hawthorne Photos

Here are some photos that I took (the bad ones via my iPhone) and some that Heather took (the really good ones in the barn!) as well as a proof of the Winners’ Circle photo. In case you missed it, scroll down to the previous post for ordering details.

Maryjean in the paddock at Hawthorne before her race.

Maryjean in the paddock at Hawthorne before her race.

Another of MJ in the paddock looking every inch a winner.

Another of MJ in the paddock looking every inch a winner.

When you're a winner you can raspberry the photographer after the race!

When you’re a winner you can raspberry the photographer after the race!

Two dopes and a horse.  Terice as sweet as ever waiting for her turn to head to the post.  Hopefully in the next week or two.

Two dopes and a horse. Terice as sweet as ever waiting for her turn to head to the post. Hopefully in the next week or two.

Why yes, that iIS snow in the winners' circle.  Totally didn't care and absolutely worth the weather and traffic!

Why yes, that iIS snow in the winners’ circle. Totally didn’t care and absolutely worth the weather and traffic!