Look Out Sunray

The meet at Albuquerque Downs is over. It has been a little trying to say the least. The number of races for which our horses qualified were few so we didn’t have much opportunity to compete. The track at Albuquerque is heavy and deep. Our horses are accustom to the track at Turf Paradise which is hard and fast. At Albuquerque Downs, many of our horses tired early.

Happily the Fulmer Racing Team is on its way to Sunray Park in Farmington, NM. It is with great joy and anticipation that our horses will be in Farmington. Sunray’s track is more to the liking of our horses so ti is definitely a welcomed change.

Our last two races at Albuquerque Downs gave us one third place. Tonight at Eleven finished third, but the impressive thing was that he finished the race so well. He came between horses and never gave up. Tonight at Eleven hasn’t been our most successful horse, but he will always be my favorite. He has so much character and in his early career, he was not given the opportunity to succeed. He was unruly and somewhat troublesome. It was not until Drew Fulmer started training him that he became a great horse.

So off to Sunray and dreams of winning races.

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Keep the dream alive!

As I had posted a few days ago, our wonderful horse Inclined to Win was entered in a $150,000 handicap race because there were no other races for which he qualified. We knew that he was outclassed but it didn’t matter, he would have a chance to prove himself. Well he was in the lead early and was pressed by another horse that eventually finished behind him. He came in 5th. That may not sound so great but because it was such a high priced race, our share of the purse money was $6,000. That’s actually as much as a winning purse in a cheaper race. So as we all know nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I am proud of our horse and especially proud of our trainer, Drew Fulmer who is always willing to take a chance. This one paid off for us.

The meet at Albuquerque is ending on June 18th and then we’re off to Sunray at Farmington, NM. We are sure that there will be allowance races for Inclined to Win at Sunray and we know that he is always inclined to win.

We have two more races at Albuquerque. Yuma Thurman is running on Wednesday and is looking good. My very favorite horse Tonight at Eleven is running on the last day of the meet and also looks very promising. Hope you will keep an eye out for us. I am feeling very positive about these two races and especially our coming meet at Sunray which starts on July 3rd. As always, we will continue to be DREAMING!

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This is what DREAMS are made of

The meet at Albuquerque Downs is coming to an end and we will be happy to move on to Sunray. Sunray has always proven to be a more friendly track for our horses. There are more races for which we qualify and we definitely feel more at home. Our stay at Albuquerque has had some successful and the most promising of all our horses there has been Inclined to Win.

We had hoped that there would be a mile race for him before the end of the meet, but the racing secretary did not write such a race. So, it’s time to dream and dream big! Our trainer Drew Fulmer entered Inclined to Win in a $150,000 handicap race. I know that we have really pushed the class, but the alternative is to sit in the barn and watch. So Inclined to Win is entered in this high stakes race on Saturday, June 13th. I am confident that we will experience some success in this endeavor. I hope its more than a pipe dream, but if we stop dreaming and hoping, what do we have?

Another one of our horses is also entered to run on June 17th. Her name is Yuma Thurman and is owned by our partnership Pony Express Racing, LLC. The partners have been concerned about the lack of racing for the horses in this partnership, however there just wasn’t much that we qualified for. I believe Yuma Thurman will do a good job and then she will be ready for more success at Sunray.

So at the end of this meet, we have two more races to hope and dream about. Our horses are all healthy and in good shape so we are ready for the next meet which will start on July 3rd at Sunray in Farmington, NM.

Keep your fingers crossed for us and keep dreaming about all the things you would also like to accomplish.

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The Winningest

I am happy to introduce you to our last claim. His name is Inclined to Win and that’s just what he has done at Albuquerque. If it were not for Inclined to Win, we might just be in the red. He started in two races at the Downs in Albuquerque and won both of them.

Our trainer, Drew Fulmer told me that he is a real Sweetheart but more than that, he tries his best every time out. You can’t ask for more than that. I am happy to have just gotten a picture of his last winning race and am pleased to share it with you.

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You can see for yourself that he is quite handsome and has beautiful colors.

Keep watching for Inclined to Win. The last day of the meet in Albuquerque is June 18th and then we will be moving to Sunray Park in Farmington, NM. If we can get Inclined to Win in one more race at Albuquerque we will be thrilled, but if not look for him at Sunray Park.

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Another Win for Fulmer Racing Team

Life on the road can be more difficult for the racing teams. Our horses traveled from Phoenix, AZ to Albuquerque, NM this summer. The horses had to get used to the higher elevation and a different track. Albuquerque is a deep track and not at all like Turf Paradise. Some of our horses have had difficulty adjusting to the depth of the track and as a result have tired. After races they have returned to the barn exhausted. It is taking some of them a lot of time to adjust. In a way, it’s really okay because this meet ends June 18th and then we will move to Sunray in Farmington, NM. The Fulmer Racing Team has had more good fortune at Sunray and our horses will be ready.

Our trainer, Drew Fulmer has one horse that has not been effected by the tough course at Albuquerque. The name of that horse is Inclined to Win and oh boy, he really is inclined to win. He raced yesterday and won by over 13 lengths.

Drew claimed Inclined to Win just before he left for New Mexico. This really has proven to be a great claim. The horse has already paid for himself and has helped to keep the Fulmer Racing Team in the black. I am proud of how well Inclined to Win has done, and also proud of the efforts of our trainer, Drew Fulmer.

We look forward to racing at Sunray, but until then, Drew will continue to make more progress at Albuquerque. We have Woodlandsway, Yuma Thurman and Canard racing next week. Watch for us and keep your fingers crossed.

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Fulmer Racing Team Wins

Yesterday, our trainer Drew Fulmer ran a new horse, Inclined to Win. This is the last claim that Drew made before leaving Turf Paradise for the summer.

Although I have invested in most of his claims, it was not financially feasible for me to do so with this one. The timing just wasn’t right for me. In any case, Drew calls this one our horse and said I can have the right front foot. We have worked together for so long that it only seemed appropriate for him to include this winner in our partnership. I don’t expect to collect any of the proceeds of the purse, but I do have the pleasure of knowing that this horse belongs to me too, even if its just a foot.

I have never been in the racing world for the financial profits. I leave that part of the business to my husband who is the financial member of the team. I just love to be with the horses and see them succeed. I am always thrilled to watch give their all for us. We love these horses and they love us as well. Their reward to us for taking care of them is to try their very best in every race. Our trainer, Drew Fulmer is the best when it comes to making sure that the horses are in their best form. Drew will only race a horse that is ready to go.

So although there might not be any financial benefit associated with Inclined to Win, I am still the “owner” of this new winner. I was just as excited to see him win. He did it in style winning by over 7 lengths. If you want to see his race, you can watch Race 7 on May 6th at Albuquerque Downs.

Thanks for following our success. Our next entry, which by the way I do have a financial interest in is Twilightinpriddis. She will be running next Wednesday, May 13th. Wish us luck!

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Look Out — Here We Come!

The hauling to a new meet has been completed thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our trainer, Drew C. Fulmer. He really is the all in one trainer. He not only cares from our equine family, he does most of the hauling and of course all the complex set up work to make the horses comfortable and at home. I admire his efforts and his strength. I hope the rest of the members of our racing team understand and appreciate his efforts and hard work.

We are scheduled to start running on April 29th with the oldest horse in the barn. His name is Canard and I keep thinking his racing career may soon be over, but the old boy just keeps on going. He is 11 years old so I know it only a matter of time for him to retire, but we can always depend on him to do his best.

On Saturday, May 2nd we have one of our newest claims running. His name is Cut to the Front. He likes a short fast race and he is entered in a 5-1/2 F race which should be right up his alley. Since we claimed him, we only got a 2nd out of him, but I think he will perform better in this new venue. Only time will tell, but May 2nd is a special day for me so I am looking forward to a win.

Watch for us at Albuquerque Downs starting on April 29th. Your good wishes and positive thoughts are welcomed.

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Escaping the Heat

Phoenix Arizona is starting to heat up for the summer.  Our horses are not happy with the higher temperatures, but they will soon be in a better climate.  Half of our horses have already been hauled to Albuquerque, NM where today’s temperature will be in the high 70s.  Phoenix’s temperatures are approaching mid-90’s.

We had a horse run on Monday and the temperature at post time was 92 degrees.  Unfortunately, our filly started out good, but was soon overcome by the heat and finished 7th.  She pulled up okay and was cooled down, but I know she will be happy for a more tempered climate.

Albuquerque is over 5,000 feet above sea level.  As a result, the higher altitude also allows for cooler temperatures.

Now that our horses are going to higher altitude with thinner air, we will have to see how the altitude affects their breathing.  In the past three years, I think we only had one horse that was significantly effected by the change in altitude.

Horse racing is such a competitive sport, but it is also subject to many conditions out of our control.  I anticipate a successful summer in New Mexico.  First we will be in Albuquerque and then off to Sunray Park in Farmington, NM.  We have been successful in New Mexico in the past and with some new horses, I hope we will do even better this year.

Our trainer, Drew Fulmer is still in the process of hauling horses and closing up shop here in Phoenix.  It is a lot of work and physically taxing.  We are fortunate that Drew does most of the hauling himself which keeps our costs to a minimum.

Look for the Fulmer Racing Team in Albuquerque this year.  I think we will be a good bet if you are a horse player.

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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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Still Dreaming

Today, I went to see my beloved favorite horse Tonight at Eleven.  He was in very good spirits and looked like his old self — healthy and strong.

In November 2014 I wrote a blog entitled The Dream is Still Alive.  At that time I relayed the story of my dear Tonight at Eleven.  Well, we are going to try at least once more.  I am hoping that he will run on the 14th of April at Turf Paradise.  This will be the last race that Tonight at Eleven will race for me.

My health has been very bad and obviously the health care bills have been extraordinary.  It’s time for us to cut back on our Thoroughbred Ownership.  At the moment we have 12 horses, but by the end of the month, it will be down to 5 horses.

I still hope my dream for Tonight at Eleven will be fulfilled.  In any case, Tonight at Eleven will continue to race under the ownership of our trainer Drew C. Fulmer.  Drew has been very good to my Tonight at Eleven.  I know Tonight at Eleven will be protected and happy with Drew.  But, I am hoping that Tonight at Eleven can win one more race for me as his owner.

Wish me luck and look for my favorite horse to win just one more time for me.

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Time for a change

Our first thoroughbred horse was Dress Blues.  She is a fabulous horse and was instrumental in getting me hooked on owning  thoroughbred race horses.  The first race she ran for us was a second place finish and I was elated.

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She is now 9 years old and its time to give her a change.  She is on her way to Kentucky where she will be bred.  I know that she will be a wonderful mother.  Although I will miss seeing her, I am so happy that she is on her way to a whole new wonderful life.  I hope she will have babies that will make her happy.  She will be well taken care of and should enjoy a fulfilled life.

Racing can be difficult for fillies and mares.  It’s her time to relax and have a slower family life.  Good luck sweet Dress Blues.  Our hearts and prayers are always with you.

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At the top of his game

I have written about a really sweet horse that we have named Pursuxit.  Well, he ran yesterday and like the champion that he is, he won the race.

We purchased Pursuxit from another trainer who had difficulty controlling Pursuxit.  When he was younger, he was quite impossible.  The trainer had been threatened with the loss of his groomers who were unable to deal with Pursuxit.  As a result, we purchased Pursuxit at a discounted price.  It was worth a try.

His first race for us was a disaster and he finished last.  Drew Fulmer, our trainer worked with Pursuxit, until he became a very content member of our team.  He really is a team player.  Every time we need a win, we can count on Pursuxit.

Pursuxit is also an extremely intelligent horse.  He knows how easily I am intimidated by him and so he never does anything threatening when I am at the barn.  He is sweet and very attentive to my conversations with him.

I was so happy watching him race yesterday.  He ran a mile race just off the pace and in the home stretch, he took off with all the heart of a champion.  We are so proud of our Pursuxit.  He has really proven to be a good investment and a pleasure to work with.  He is now calm and well behaved in the barn and knows how to turn it on in a race.

Hurray for Pursuxit — one of the best!

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On the move in 2015

It may seem that I have been lax by not posting anything new.  Oh well, I started 2015 in the ICU and I am now recovering at home.  My health has been problematic for some time now, but that’s a boring story left to family and loved ones.  Now to the excitement of horse racing!

One of our new claims ran on Tuesday.  Her name is Yuma Thurman.  I was happy to report our claiming of her.  Coincidentally, my wonderful trainer Drew Fulmer and I just happen to meet the afternoon prior to our claiming her and I asked him to check her out.  Although I might suggest a claim, he is my expert and he makes the final call.  That evening, he did his research about this horse, checked her out the next day and claimed her.  We were so lucky.  No one else noticed her so there was no other claim for her.  She is a fabulous runner and she proved it on Tuesday.  Here is the official picture from Turf Paradise.

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I must say that our wonderful trainer, Drew Fulmer has started off 2015 with a bang!  We claimed four horses at the end of 2014.  Yuma Thurman was one of the claims.  We claimed her for a mere $3,000 and she won this starter allowance.  I believe that is a wonderful achievement.  We got lucky claiming her.  Lady Luck was surely smiling on us.  This horse is part of one of our new partnerships Pony Express Racing, LLC.  We plan to continue with this partnership and at this time the partnership owns two horses.  The other horse is Quick Cielo and will be running on Saturday.

As I said, our trainer started 2015 with a bang.  On Monday, January 5th he had a win with Canard.  Canard is currently the oldest horse in his barn, but at 10 years old, the old boy still has it!

We also had another entry on Monday with Berry Valid.  She led the race most of the way, but it proved a little too long for her and she finished 4th.  She ran a fantastic race and we will enter her at a slightly shorter distance next time out and look forward to success. Drew’s third entry on Monday was my favorite Tonight at Eleven.  Unfortunately, I have to say he ran miserably.  Tonight at Eleven has not performed well since I have been ill and unable to visit him as often.  I am hoping once I feel better that I can have a long talk with my favorite horse and get him back to his old winning ways.  Only time will tell.

On Tuesday, we had our win with Yuma Thurman as previously mentioned.  Yesterday, we had two horses running.  A new claim, Cut to the Front came in 2nd.  We claimed him for $3,000 and raised him to $6,250.  It was an exceptionally fast race, but he managed to get up for 2nd.  He closed so well that I am confident that we have a real winner in him.  We also had our oldest mare run yesterday.  Her name is Dress Blues.  She ran a tough race and finished 4th.  She only missed by about a length so she was right there.  The good news is that by finishing 4th, she kept her condition so we anticipate a good result next time out.  Again, only time will tell, but she is a lovely horse with a lot of heart.

Today is an off day at Turf Paradise.  Good thing.  Our trainer has been working too hard getting all these runners ready and he needs a break too.  On Friday, we have Twilightinpriddis running.  I am excited about her race.  She is the most beautiful horse I have even seen and will post her picture as soon as possible.  Saturday, we have Quick Cielo going.  Sunday is an off day again at Turf Paradise — can’t compete with football.  On Monday, we have Pursuxit running again.  So you can see that we have been very active so far this year.  I believe 2015 will be an exciting time for Drew Fulmer Racing Team.  Keep watching for us — we’re on the move!

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Our new girl

Our trainer Drew Fulmer claimed a horse about a week ago.  She is a 3 year old filly named Twilightinpriddis.  We decided to run her again on only 6 days rest and she was magnificent.  She could have won the race but was pushed wide by another horse in the stretch.  It was just when she was picking up her stride and she was flying.   Well, that’s horse racing for you.  It’s also why the Irish say the best horse doesn’t always win.

We were so happy that she didn’t get hurt.  She was nearly knocked over.  After the race, I went to the barn to see her.  She was on the walker and seemed as happy and content as could be.

I was overwhelmed by her beautiful.  She is one of the most beautiful fillies I have ever seen.  I promise a picture soon after the holidays.

Well, she will turn 4 on January 1st but it was worth trying her out in a 3 year old race.  It gave us a good opportunity to really watch her run.  This was a wonderful gift for me this holiday season and I know she will prove to be a favorite in the barn.  Watch for her, you’ll fall in love with her too.

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Pursuxit by a nose

On December 15th, our long time favorite Pursuxit did it again.  He ran a mile race and won by a nose.  Our jockey was Ronald “The Rocket” Richard.  Ronald is new to Turf Paradise and has done exceptionally well on the new track for him.

Pursuxit paid $31.80 on a $2 win ticket.  He was far from the favorite according to the book makers, but we knew he could do it.  Here is the official photo from Turf Paradise.

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Our other entry this week was Berry Valid.  She was the favorite at post time, but got out a little slow, was checked at the first turn and then taken wide.  We have had some rain here in Phoenix and the track condition were awful.  For reasons unknown to us, the track wasn’t properly conditioned before race time and it was hard as concrete.  It was a difficult day for most betting fans.  It was impossible to predict the conclusion of most races.  Good news is that our girl Berry Valid pulled up good and was hardly tired after the race.  I am confident that she will win next time out.  Our other entry was Dress Blues.  We decided to scratch her because of the track conditions.  We have just got her in good shape for racing and were not willing to take a chance with her.  She is getting older and needs more TLC.

Another exciting feature for our barn is that our trainer Drew Fulmer claimed a fabulous 3-year old filly named Twilightinpriddis.  She is still just 3 years old, but she has won 4 races.  I think she will be a great addition to the barn.  We are going to try to run her in a 3-year old race before the end of the year when she turns 4.  It will be a little short between races, but probably worth a shot.

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