In late December, I became ill and was home in bed for just over a week. Thankfully, the internet helped keep me occupied.
I went on-line to look for horses. I was itching for some excitement — claiming another horse was my aim. Well, I found a horse (Contreve) that I thought was under-valued. I texted the trainer to check out Contreve.
On January 1st, Contreve ran in a claiming race and as promised, our trainer, Drew Fulmer looked at him. Drew had some reservations so we didn’t make the claim. As it turned out, another very good trainer must have seen what I saw and claimed Contreve. I was somewhat disappointed, but I trust Drew’s opinion enough to know that he was just trying to keep me out of trouble.
On February 9th, Drew called and said he had just claimed a horse, Elusive Moment. He asked that we look at previous races and check out stats and bloodline to see if we were interested in going in on Elusive Moment as his partner.
I think Drew knew I would say yes. I just had the hurdle of convincing my husband, Bill that we needed yet another. This is not always an easy task. But, after watching some of Elusive Moment’s races, I was sure he was for us!
The test was at hand. Was Elusive Moment a better claim than my pick Contreve? This picture shows Elusive Moment taking charge. It was a close race, but Elusive Moment won by a neck with Contreve coming in second.
Well, I had to concede and bow to the master. Oh well, Drew has been doing this for over 20 years and I am just a novice.
I plan to continue checking out horses that we might claim, but I will defer to Drew on the final decision. It’s important to have confidence in your trainer.
Drew Fulmer continued to work with Elusive Moment and entered him in the Turf Paradise Express Stakes. It was a 1,000 yard race primarily for quarter horses.
Drew apparently had recognized Elusive Moment’s ability as a speed horse or in human terms a sprinter. It is essential for the trainer to pick the right race for the horse to be successful.
I was skeptical about this race and unsure if Elusive Moment would do well against quarter horses. I left work early to make it to the track to see for myself if Drew Fulmer had made the right choice by putting Elusive Moment against quarter horses.
WOW! We won Turf Paradise’s Express Stakes.
Drew Fulmer is very competitive and he enjoys getting the most from his horses. He challenges them to be even better. This is an important quality in an experienced trainer.
Celebrated jockey, Gary Stevens wrote a book entitled “The Perfect Ride“. In his book, Stevens discusses changes in the racing game. He states that no longer is it merely the sport of kings. Syndicates and partnerships are being formed on a regular basis. Stevens maintains that some of these syndicates purchase horses at high prices and race them in lower class races just for the win.
Although that might be a good horse to bet on, a good trainer shouldn’t lower the class of a horse just for the win or to impress the partners with an easy payday.
Although he may not always be successful, Drew Fulmer attempts to get the best out of the horses. He is willing to challenge them which eventually can make them more valuable. I believe that Drew’s stable is better because of his ability to recognize raw talent and to work at making the horses perform at their highest level.