Final Days at Sunray Park, NM

The meet at Sunray ends on June 22nd. We only have three more races and then the horses can rest up for the Albuquerque meet which starts the first week of August.

Yesterday, my favorite horse Tonight at Eleven ran. He got into a speed duel with another really good horse and they ran themselves out. I was just happy to see him running. I miss Tonight at Eleven and watching him in the Paddock and then running is as close as I can get to him right now. So although the race didn’t end to our economic advantage, it was a good emotional high for me. I am sure that many people would not understand that, but just seeing him fit and ready to go is a thrill to me. Of course we always want to finish in the money, but I am realistic enough to know that doesn’t always happen.

On Tuesday we have John’s Knight Out running. He was left at the gate the last race. I sure hope this jockey can get him out and running. John’s Knight Out needs a lot of urging. He can run really fast, but only does what is asked of him. With any luck, John’s Knight Out will see the light and go for the win. He won at Sunray last season, so I know he can do it.

Our other runner on Tuesday is Sun Catcher. So far, he has been a disappointment. We claimed him last September at Fairplex and he hasn’t shown much. I think we may have run him too high to start, but we have lowered him in class, so he’s on an equal playing field. Sun Catcher is a front runner like his sire, Sun River. If the jockey gets him out and pushes him hard we have a chance. Only time will tell on this one. Sun Catcher is a colt so after this meet, I think it is time to make him a gelding. Maybe that will help him concentrate. He is still young so I haven’t lost hope in his ability yet.

On Saturday, our trainer Drew Fulmer has Remus running. I think this horse is so good and yet we haven’t seen that since Drew claimed him at Turf Paradise. It seems that everything that can possibly go wrong has gone wrong in every one of his races. He has an impressive record, is really fit and has magnificent blood lines. He is out of Empire Maker. I got my fingers crossed on this one. When I looked at the racing form, I only saw one horse that I thought could beat him. His win would be a good ending for the meet for our trainer, so I am hoping it’s his time.

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