Charlie broke slowly, and then tracked in last before making a mild run at the leaders to finish 5th. From the Value of the Race noted above we earned $372 for the finish.
While Charlie gave a good effort, he appeared to be “climbing” which means his legs were reaching up, instead of extending out in a smooth stride. His head was also high, instead of stretched low to run indicating he wasn’t 100% comfortable. Compared to his workout last week in which he lowered his head and ran smoothly, today he seemed to be bothered – perhaps by the dirt in his face, or the shorter distance of the race.
Upon returning to be unsaddled, Charlie received the dreaded “red tag” meaning he had been claimed.
On the chart above you can see it reads:
1 Claimed Horse: Charlie Thomas
New Trainer: Frank Lucarelli
New Owner: Sabers Drawn Racing
Sabers Drawn Racing is Scott Centers and William “Andy” Evans – who also race The Bear Clan horses.
Immediately after the race, Charlie was taken to the test barn where the groom from Frank Lucarelli’s barn put a halter on him and led him to a stall in his new barn. The $15,000 claiming price was deposited in the Emerald Racing Club account.
Given that we claimed him for $10,000, that is a nice gain and is the risk you run when running in claiming races. We acquired him by claim, and lost him by claim. So goes the claiming game.
Hilary got some great photos of Charlie throughout his effort.
Thank you to all of you that stood and applauded Charlie’s effort. That is a sign of great respect for these wonderful athletes that take us to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
Additional photos here.