Time for Change

We are getting ready to send our horses to New Mexico for the summer.  Arizona gets too hot for the horses and the meet at Turf Paradise ends on May 5th.  Our racing team will be off to Albuquerque Downs.  The meet at Albuquerque Downs starts on Friday, April 17th so we will be off and running.

I had reported that my health has been poor and with that comes extraordinary medical bills so its time for us to limit our investment in horses.  At the moment, we have 12, but we will soon be down to 5.

Our first claim, Dress Blues is off to Kentucky to become a mommy.  I am so glad for her.  She has been so good to us and we have had a lot of fun with her.  My favorite, Tonight at Eleven ran really hard the other day, but it just wasn’t enough.  He is also getting older and so our trainer, Drew Fulmer will take him to New Mexico, but his career may be close to an end.

Two of our older horses, Pursuxit and Elusive Moment have been doing very well at Turf Paradise and our trainer will keep these two runners and will take them to New Mexico.  The jury is still out on Berry Valid.  I am not sure if Drew will keep her or not.  I think he has mixed feelings.  Our baby Ocotillo has gone to college — sounds funny?  Our trainer, Drew Fulmer gave Ocotillo to Arizona State University where he will help veterinary students learn about horses.  Ocotillo is a young easy going horse, so it is a good fit for him.

One more horse, Sun Catcher.  He is in my opinion the worse claim we could have made.  Drew has tried everything with this horse.  He seems to be ready to run, and when the race gets going, he just gives it up.  I have no love lost for this horse.  It is difficult to have a horse that always disappoints.  I am not sure what Drew will do with this one. The jury is still out on him.

Well that makes seven down for us.  I hope the older horses will perform well for Drew and help carry him through in New Mexico.

Our five horses that we will concentrate on now are Woodlandsway.  She is probably the best of our horses, but only time will tell.  We also have Twilightinpriddis.  She is the most beautiful horse in the barn.  I think she will do very well.  She is probably my new favorite, although Tonight at Eleven will always have a special place in my heart.  We also have a gelding named Quick Cielo.  He was run hard by the previous trainer, so I am hoping with a little rest, he will now be ready to go.  Yuma Thurman is another horse we claimed this meet.  I have great expectation for her.  She is a California bred filly and has great form.  Our fifth horse is Cut to the Front.  This gelding hasn’t done much for us at Turf Paradise.  He likes a 4 1/2 to 5 furlong race and there just haven’t been the right races for him.  The tracks in New Mexico should suit him a lot more so I am looking forward to real success with him.

For now, that is the extent of our horse ownership.  I feel sad when each of the seven horses we are loosing runs their last race for us, but I know it’s time to move on.  The racing game has been good to us.  It has given us a great deal of enjoyment.  It is a risky business, but we have done well, thanks to our trainer, Drew Fulmer who has done a splendid job for us.

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