Our horses left our home race track, Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ during the first week of May. It has been a long summer without the horses.
Yesterday, I saw that Turf Paradise published its condition book for the upcoming season. I was so glad to see that there are a number of races for which our horses qualify. The meet at Turf Paradise opens on October 18th. Turf Paradise’s meet is started later this year because excessive heat last year made it difficult for the horses. Therefore the meet is starting a few weeks later this year.
At the end of the 2013-14 meet at Turf Paradise, our horses traveled to Sunray Park in Farmington, NM and had some success. The meet at Sunray ended and they moved on to Albuquerque, NM where they are currently housed. The meet at Albuquerque has been somewhat disappointing so far. The number of races for which our horses qualify are insignificant and there is a great deal of down time.
Fortunately, the horses have been about to continue to train so not all is lost. It is important however for these aggressive and talented horses to compete in order to keep a real edge. Unfortunately, the Albuquerque condition book contains a great number of breed races. The breed races are for horses bred in that locality. None of our horses are New Mexico bred. We have Kentucky, California, NY, Texas and Arizona bred horses. Additionally, quarter horse races is extremely popular in New Mexico and none of our equine team are quarter horses, they are all thoroughbreds.
The horses can return to Phoenix, AZ in late September when Turf Paradise opens for training and when the weather gets a little cooler. I can hardly wait. So we have less then a month of being away from our equine family. I am still looking forward to some races for the horses in Albuquerque, but not as many as we would like.
Elusive Moment is entered to race on Friday, August 22nd and I anticipate he will at least be in the money. He has performed admirably and has finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in his last 7 starts. Elusive Moment is 7 year old gelding who has earned over $100,000 in his career. I believe he has at least a few more profitable years of racing.
We lost Elusive Moment in a claiming race and were fortunate enough to be able to claim him back. The trainer wasn’t sure if we should have claimed him back until he saw him in the paddock before the claiming race and he was immediately certain that Elusive Moment belonged with us. I am so pleased that we got him back. He is an exceptional horse with a big heart.
I hope you will watch for Elusive Moment at the Downs in Albuquerque. There are other talented horses in the race and it will be an uphill task for Elusive Moment to win, but I am hoping for the best. Keep your fingers crossed for us.