Boomer Leaves on Saturday

Vanderboom Ridge will be heading out with the rest of Clay’s horses on Saturday for Chicago. Right now he is galloping over at the training track. Hawthorne opens for training on the 1st so he’ll get walked for a few days once he gets to the track before work will begin in earnest again.

We’ll be looking to go right at ‘am in Chicago and look for wins – as many as we can get to close out the year. It’d be nice to get a strong finish to the season.

Al the paperwork for licensing went out this morning via 2-day so we will be all set in that respect this week.

Finally, attached is the financial spreadsheet for August.



Updates and Coffee Talk

Vanderboom seems no worse for wear nearly a week after his effort.  He’s going back to the track and will be galloping for another week or so before we’ll look to find him another race in maybe a bit of a softer spot!

Vanderboom Ridge last week.

Vanderboom Ridge last week.

The search continues to find Miz Owell a home – either to retire from racing or get the rest she needs before returning to the track in the spring.

Look for an invitation in this space for a morning get together on the apron before the end of the meet.  We’ll have some coffee and donuts as well as watch some morning works and generally have a “last hurrah” before the track closes for the season.  If you’re not a Clubber but have been thinking about it, you’re free to come along as well!  We should have the details worked out this weekend and have an announcement the beginning of next week.

Some vet bills came in so we’ll be finalizing the next financial spreadsheet as well and that should be posted this weekend.


Vanderboom Ridge: Race Preview

Vanderboom Ridge heads out for us for the first time Saturday night in a $16,000 claiming race going a mile over the main track with Denny Velazquez on board.

We knew stepping up in class a bit could be done – he was competing effective, though not winning, at $20,000 after all – but this is far from a normal $16,000 claiming race. Several droppers from as high as allowance company makes this race a bit stiffer than a “normal” $16,000 race.

Here’s a look:

Go Gold (Westermann/Hernandez) – Off the pace type that just hasn’t been able to quite get there.

Charlie Again (Van Winkle/Ramgeet) – First off the claim for Van Winkle was 3rd in his last out at this level. Definitely has some early speed.

Tap the Admiral (Arnett/Butler) – First time out at Canterbury, his last race was a very gutsy 2nd at Prairie Meadows in a $15,000 optional. May not be a speedster but will like to be close.

Vino Limbo Tango (Becker/Castro) – Been running at a higher level but almost exclusively on the turf. Should be part of the mix early.

Deadly Truth (Diodoro/Vegara) – This miler is coming off a win in a $10K optional claimer with an 80 Beyer and late running style.

Caleb’s Comet (Rarick/ACanchari) – Six year old has been competitive at this level for a while but unable to win since Tampa in January.

Sammy’s Mineshaft (Padilla/DeLorme) – Dropping in from allowance company, her race two back is all you need to know about her: She’ll try and get to the front and run away from the field as she did then while picking up a eye-popping 90 Beyer.


No sense sugar-coating it, this one is going to be a tough one. He’s been training well and even though he’s run mostly over the turf, he can run on the dirt. A couple of hurdles to overcome here: the 8 post with a short run into the first turn and a horse that likes to be up close/on the lead.

My fear is that he goes out, can’t tuck in behind the speed to let Vino Limbo Tango and Charlie again soften up Sammy’s Mineshaft. Then we’d be carried wide through that firs turn and have a much tougher row to hoe.

Admittedly, on paper our best doesn’t stack up to Sammy’s Mineshaft and Deadly Truth but then they don’t run the races on paper. With unpredictable weather ahead and some potential scratches because of it combined with racing luck could give us the opportunity we need to get that elusive win for the Club.

Again, group 4 is in the paddock: Connell – Erickson with Sheggeby – Zenner. While it doesn’t appear that we’ll have a spot together, we’ll meet you over at the paddock after the photos for race 5.

Good luck!

Vanderboom Live!

Michelle Benson and Kara Toye put together the following video on Vanderboom Ridge’s settling in in the barn. He’s back on the track and doing well. He’s a well mannered fella and is built well. Clay really likes what he’s seen so far and we’ll be looking to him to get back to the races in about 10-days.