We mentioned Sunday that horse racing is fluid, that things change constantly. A great example is entering a horse for a race.
Our plan has been to enter McDove for a race Saturday, April 22. It’s for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up which have never won two races (not counting maiden wins) with a $15,000 claiming price. The purse is $11,200 ($6,160 to the winner) and the distance 6 furlongs.
In addition to races listed in the condition book, like the one above, the racing secretary adds several extra races that are used when the condition book races do not fill. It can get a bit confusing, I know, but trainers must pay close attention to these “extras” because the conditions can be nearly identical to the race you have targeted in the condition book.
Which is a long way of saying there is an extra race Friday, April 21, and McDove is going to be entered in it. The extra race is for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up which have never won three races (including maiden wins) with a $15,000 claiming price. The purse is $11,300 and the distance 5 1/2 furlongs. In other words, practically identical to the Saturday, April 22 race.
There simply aren’t enough $15,000 claiming fillies and mares that have never won three races to fill both the Friday and Saturday race. So we shall enter the Friday extra race, and if it doesn’t fill we will enter for the Saturday race as planned. And if neither race fills, we will have to figure out something else. Like I said, it’s fluid!
It will take a few days to get a final answer. Entries for the Friday, April 21 race will be taken Sunday, and entries for the Saturday, April 22 race will be taken Wednesday.
Meanwhile, McDove continues to gallop strongly and is pretty much ready to race. As Sharon Ross said Sunday, McDove trained all winter and was fit when she arrived from Golden Gate Fields. And the process of acclimating to Emerald Downs has gone well, even with the lousy weather.
Over at the Mike Puhich barn, our other 4-year-old filly was back on the track Friday and galloped one mile under Javier Matias. Distinguishable appears to have emerged from Sunday’s victory in great shape and we can start looking for another race soon.
I will email out some billing information Friday afternoon, and friendly reminder, because they have horses racing Sunday no visitors at either the Ross or Puhich barns.
Dani Griggs, groom of Distinguishable, was named Quarter Chute Cafe Groom of the Week. She also is a pretty good photographer. Check out this photo she took of 4-year-old gelding Lord Walton enjoying the opening night fireworks show at Emerald Downs.