Charlie was entered in “Book 9” for Sunday, September 20. Book 9 was a $25,000 Claiming Race for three year olds and upward going one mile.
As you can see from the board, only one horse entered (Charlie) and the race was called off.
As of now, there are no further races in the condition book for three year olds and upward going long. So unless another extra race is written, Charlie Thomas is done racing for the season.
He has been entered every weekend for the past three weekends and unfortunately, the races just didn’t have enough horses to make them go.
Charlie Thomas will be sold privately. There is a small spin-off group from the Emerald Racing Club that is interested in purchasing him to continue running in California over the winter. If you are interested and have not yet emailed me, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put you in contact with the group.
Year End Party
The Emerald Racing Club year-end party is set for Sunday, September 27. An RSVP will be posted later this weekend so we can get a count on who can make it.
Thoroughbred Showcase – Saturday, September 19
Being a responsible racehorse owner means being responsible for your horse after their career has concluded. In the case of Charlie Thomas, he is fit and ready to continue racing and will be sold for that purpose so we don’t have to face the retirement question. But what if we did?
What happens when your horse can no longer race and you need to retire it? Not all horses are suitable for the breeding shed.
It is your responsibility as an owner to find the horse a good home, and plan for supporting the horse financially for however long that may take. Often, your trainer can assist in marketing the horse and helping to find it a good home but the ultimate responsibility falls to you – the owner.
Buyers are seeking different things when shopping for an off the track Thoroughbred (OTTB). Thoroughbreds can do just about anything, but the biggest demand comes from eventing, hunter/jumpers and dressage. And these buyers want a SOUND horse, meaning a horse without injuries that would prevent it from partaking in the rider’s chosen discipline.
If a racehorse continues to race with injuries, their after racing value drops in the eyes of the OTTB buyer. It becomes the responsibility of the owner to decide when the right time is to retire their horse with consideration for their quality of life and ability to continue on in a second career.
For that purpose the Prodigious Fund (remember the $5 payment to Thoroughbred Retirement?) is hosting the Thoroughbred Showcase. This is an event to bring together prospective buyers with horses looking for new homes.
The event is Saturday, September 19 and is held in the temporary stalls at Emerald Downs. We have 27 horses entered in the Showcase and expect 50 prospective buyers to be shopping for their new partner. The event is open to the public and begins at 9 am. (Available horses are posted at www.facebook.com/prodigiousfund). Consider making time to come to the Showcase. You’ll see some familiar names of horses that were running this year, and you’ll even see Starlet of Seattle, who was racing around Griffin Place when we went for farm visits.