Not A Great Day


Assistant trainer Dani Griggs with the red claim tag 

As the headline says, not a great day at the races Sunday.

E Z Larry finished a so-so fourth in Race 5 for $5,000 claiming 3-year-olds. Larry ran evenly around the racetrack, never really a threat for the victory, and afterward we learned that our horse was claimed by trainer Rigoberto Velasquez for owners Rancho Viejo and Pam Tumminello.

In fact, three of the seven horses in Race 5 were claimed–Rojo  Bou Peep, Shot Gun Gary and E Z Larry.

So we can tally up the score for E Z Larry. We claimed him for $15,000 on July 3 and lost him via claim for $5,000 on September 10. In three starts for ERC he earned $5,290 in purses ($340 on July 21, $4,290 on August 11, and $660 Sunday).

So on a $15,000 investment, we earned back $10,290 before expenses. Certainly not great, but remember that our earlier horse this year with trainer Mike Puhich, Distinguishable, had a much better outcome. Distinguishable we bought for $10,000 privately and lost her via claim for $25,000. She also earned $8,680 in three starts for ERC, so on that $10,000 investment we earned $33,680–a profit of $23,680 before expenses.

I have mixed thoughts on E Z Larry. Although he obviously isn’t a superstar, I still think he could be a decent horse. He’s struggling to put it all together, racing erratically and not switching leads on cue, but he’s only raced four times. E Z Larry’s new trainer is a perennial top gun at Portland Meadows, so I’m sure that’s where we’ll see Larry racing this fall and winter. E Z Larry might even have one more shot at Emerald Downs on closing weekend.

Believe it or not, E Z Larry was the good news Sunday.

In Race 8 for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares at one mile, McDove finished last in the eight-horse field and was eased by Javier Matias in the final furlong.  It was a virtual repeat of the Boeing Stakes two months ago. McDove was sitting in fourth going into the far turn, and then faltered so badly that Matias and Sharon Ross both suspected McDove might have bled again.

But–as the 15 or so of you who went back to watch her being scoped learned–McDove did not bleed Sunday.

“No specks of blood, no mucus, no coughing,” Sharon Ross said. “(McDove) drank a normal  amount of water, and she was walking OK.

“We’ll have to wait a couple of days, and then see if we can come up with an answer.”

Ross said that McDove will have her blood tested, to see if there’s either an infection or low red or while blood cell count ailing her. And then Dr. Stenslie will examine the legs to see if there’s any issues there.

Hopefully we can find out what’s bothering her. I wish there was better news to report!



8 thoughts on “Not A Great Day

  1. It could end up being psychological, too. One of the first horses I rubbed at Longacres bled badly in the stretch while he was winning. Every race afterwards, he would be running just fine and looking like he was going to win…but as soon as he got to the spot at which he bled in that one race, he just quit. Every single race, even tho he never bled again. He was anticipating and fearing the sensation of the blood flowing into his lungs, and we never figured out how to get him over it.

    I hope McDove is not the same.

  2. Thanks for the report, Vince. While not stellar news, it is horse racing! Surely loved visiting McDove in the barn a week ago. Great horse to be around.

  3. HI Vince,

    I apparently dropped off the email distribution liwst for the club somehow a couple months ago.

    Can you please send me any infromation you have on the sale of McDove, and final finacial dealings for the 2017club?

    I very much apprecite it Vince. Mark Foltz

  4. Vince or to show it may concern.

    I am a memebr of the 2017 club and I have not reveived any emails since August.

    Can you please send me any infromation you have on the d final finacial dealings for the 2017club? I very much apprecite it Vince.  Mark Foltz 425-697-5083

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