Eh. So-so day for Ivy Creek today:
First race was a claimer, in which we successfully claimed a pretty 2YO Gallant Fox daughter, [color=red]Lucky Fox. With her sire being silver-rated and mom being a multi-winner (and a multi-winner from a PLATINUM-rated dam and silver-rated sire, at that), we expect that she’ll probably have some power. Today was her first race ever, and she pulled through with a 2nd/6…so we’ll see! Either way, we’re happy to have this gal in our lineup.
Next was our previous claim, 2YO [color=blue]Dead In Time. We hope his name isn’t foreshadowing anything! Either way, he didn’t like the going today (dirt) as much as he seemed to like last time’s surface (turf). He came home 4th/6, which isn’t as good as his 2nd last time out. Guess we’ve got more fiddling to do with this guy!
Next up was 2YO [color=red]Song Of Singapore, who made her dirt debut today as well. She apparently likes the number nine - she finished 9th/10 today, and last time out (over turf), she came home 9th/12. How do we convince her that ‘one’ is a much better number? She’s 15.3hh, so I don’t think she’s necessarily immature…hmm. Lots to figure out about this one. Oh, the joy of 2YOs…
She was followed by 3YO [color=red]Star of the Show, who has ran consistantly this year…midpack. She followed suit today with a 4th/6. On the plus side, she’s also had a consistantly moderate SF (not the dreaded ‘0’), ranging from 30-77 each time. Maybe I just need to choose her races (and, indirectly, her company) more wisely.
Another former claimer, 3YO [color=blue]Premiere Night, continues to shine, finishing 2nd/6 in his race. That puts his 2012 record to 4 starts (1-1-2-0). Thank goodness at least SOME of my horses don’t like dirt in their faces!
2YO [color=red]Demand Drama, a filly who, on paper, looks like she ought to be a monster (or so we hoped). Though her lines are created, she stands over 16hh already and is a rich dark grey. However, she hasn’t really fired in her races to date - she ran 10th/12 today. However, in her defense, she did break 12th and move up throughout the sprint… Apparently we just need to work on her starts and/or give her more room to run. Or maybe she just prefers dirt - we haven’t tried that one yet.
Finishing up the day was 6YO [color=red]Wag the Dog, our flashy strawberry roan gal. While she normally proves she has enough spunk to take on the youngsters, she failed to impress today with a dismal 6th/6. That’s ok, though, because we had booked her to Nightfight earlier this week, so the timing is perfect. We just realized she’s hardly earning her keep as a runner anymore (though she was impressive in her youth), so we’d give her a shot at motherhood. Wish she could have ended on a better note, though! But this was probably her way of saying she was ready to retire, which of course makes me feel better about the decision (it always seems like a hard one to make).