Diamonds Dena never made a serious bid Friday and finished fourth in the fifth race for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares. And she was not claimed.
It was Dena’s second straight lackluster effort and now, with the season ending Sunday, we must find a buyer for our 5-year-old mare. As you know, the Emerald Racing Club Membership Agreement calls for our horses to be sold at the conclusion of the season, with the sale money added to the ERC purse account. Once we have a final total, we then can divide by 200 and let everyone know how much of their $500 they get back, or roll over to 2017, etc.
One prospective buyer surfaced immediately after Dena’s race Friday,and hopefully a deal can be made this weekend. The price seemed reasonable, given Dena’s back to back sub par outings. Stay tuned.
As for Archie Graham, we are exploring options to make it possible for our favorite gray gelding to return to the Emerald Racing Club next year. He would need to be sold and then bought back when the 2017 Emerald Racing Club begins again early next year.
In so many ways Archie been a perfect horse for our club–extremely sound, friendly and accommodating to visitors, and he has some racing talent too. It also would spare the annual frantic search for a horse and allow ERC members to visit Archie at the barn in February and March, and see how a veteran horse prepares for racing off a layoff.
Several of you already have approached me about finding a way for us to keep Archie Graham. Let us know what you think!