We made one final attempt to get a race for Charlie. He was entered in extra 3 for Sunday, September 27. The race was a $25,000 claimer going 1 1/16th.
As you can see from the entry board, the race only had 3 in it and did not go for Sunday.
Many of you have asked, “Where have all the horses gone?” Specifically, Charlie’s competition.
If you’ve been following the races, you likely already know the answer, but for the rest of you, I went back and pulled his competition and took a look at where they’ve gone to.
From August 8, $25,000 claimer going a mile (Charlie finished second)
- 8/30 Allowance where he finished 5th
- 9/13 for $25,000 Claimer going 6 1/2 furlongs where he finished 5th
Kiss Sin Goodbye
- 8/22 $15,000 claimer going 1 mile, finished 1st
- 8/28 for $25,000 claimer going 6 furlongs, finished 7th
- 8/22 for $15,000 claiming going 1 mile, finished 3rd
- 9/7 for $10,000 claiming going 6 furlongs, finished 7th
- 8/29 for $15,000 claiming going 6 furlongs, finished 3rd
- 9/13 ran in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic going 1 1/16, finished 5th and last.
A number of items jump out when looking at his competition and that is most of them went down the claiming ladder. Which would make sense since they were unsuccessful at the $25,000 level against Charlie.
The other item that jumps out is that those that stayed at the 25K level had to sprint. We all know after our failed first outing with Charlie that he simply is not a sprinter and he requires two turns to be successful.
So let’s go back one more race and look at the $15,000 Claiming horses that Charlie beat on July 11:
- 7/25 – $15K going 1 1/16 miles, did not finish. Horse stumbled, lost rider and hit the inside rail. He was injured and is recovering.
Kiss Sin Goodbye – see above.
- 7/25 for 15K at 1 1/16 mile, finished 2nd
- 8/14 for 15K at 6 1/2f, finished 6th
- 8/29 for 15K at 6 f, finished 8th
St Nicholas Abby
- 8/1 for $12.5K at 6 1/2f, finished 3rd (Tribal Waters beat)
- 8/16 for $12.5K at 6f, finished 8th
- 9/7 for $10K at 6 f, finished 8th
- 9/18 Starter Alw/$10K at 6 f, finished 7th
- 10K at 1 1/16 miles, finished 1st
- 9/12 for $15K at 1 mile, finished 3rd
- 7/25 for $15K at 1 1/16 miles, finished 3rd
- 8/14 for $15K at 6 1/2f, finished 3rd
- 8/22 for $15K at 1 mile, finished 2nd
- 9/12 for $15K at 1 mile, finished 5th
Even from this race there was only one horse that moved up and that was Kiss Sin Goodbye who Charlie saw in his next race. This is also the only horse that has continued to enter the $25K level going long with Charlie.
Charlie essentially outran his competition. His competition either remained at the $15,000 claiming level or shortened up to sprints in order to run.
If he ran back at the $15,000 level after finishing second for $25,000, we can make a safe assumption that he would have been claimed. And given that Tribal Waters was claimed, we wanted to keep Charlie at a level that he could run at and hopefully not get claimed.
So what happens to Charlie now?
Those of you that have expressed an interest in continued ownership of Charlie have been connected and we have offered Charlie to this group for $20,000. A fair price given his successful run at the $25,000 level, but a bit less than his last claiming price so this new group of owners can have an opportunity to acquire a good horse and embark on their own ownership. He’s fit and ready to run and should be able to have a good run in California over the winter.
The sale is not complete. We are giving this new group time to meet, discuss financials and evaluate their participation. Everyone needs to be comfortable with their expectations and have their questions answered before committing because ownership is a huge personal responsibility.
Most important item – Seahawks game WILL BE on one of the big flat screen tvs in the tent.
- Tent will be available at 1 pm, first race 2 pm
- Food served 3 pm – 4 pm.
- BBQ Beef Sandwiches
- garlic and herb roasted chicken
- mashed potatoes and gravy
- housemade potato chips with dip
- BLT salad
- Fresh and marinated vegetable platter with ranch dip
- watermelon tray
- fresh baked cookies
- beverage station and cash bar
If you’ve RSVP’d (see previous blog), then I’ve got you on my list. I’ll see you there!
Save the Date
The fun isn’t over yet. You’ve been personally invited by El Dorado Farms to attend their Open House and Stallion Presentation on Sunday, October 4.
More details to come.