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The Walder Blog, March 26
It’s been a busy week. We had three in Wednesday and five Thursday. We had another entered Friday and we’ll have one in the Sunday stakes. Hopefully, when all is said and done, we’ll make a little run here and I’ll get my name back on the list and keep my owner’s happy.
We started off real slow…we just had trouble getting rolling. For instance, last week we didn’t have any runners. This week we had 10. It’s been like a roller coaster. We usually get horses in more consistently, although the horses have been running good..
I think this has been the toughest meet that I can ever remember. Usually this time of year the fields start to thin out a little. But we still have 10, 12 horses in every race. The competition has been tough. But purses are better and there’s been purse increases. Keeneland opens a little later this year, the Florida Derby is being run a little later. People are staying longer. The bottom line is purses. If you give away good money people will run.
We talked a while ago about running Sweet N Sour Nina in either the Rampart on Gulfstream Park Oaks day April 2 or this weekend’s Ocala Stakes. We talked to the owners and decided to take baby steps. We like the idea of the 1 1/8th mile Rampart, but we’re going to stick with the Ocala, which is a restricted race. Just looking at the nominations for the Rampart, you have Unrivaled Belle, Awesome Maria, Amazing. If the purse was $300,000 and we finished third, getting graded-stakes placed, that would be great. But for $150,000, I don’t want to run against those horses. We can wait until we get up north, where you have five tracks within three hours, and cherry pick a little. This is Gulfstream and the toughest horses in the country run here. And Sweet N Sour Nina just won a two other than. So we’ll take it easy. The owners claimed her for $50,000 at Keeneland. So while it may not be as exciting as running in the Rampart, it’s still a stakes race and it’s being run at Gulfstream.
The backstretch picnic was held earlier this week. I couldn’t go but we contributed a check. I heard everyone had a great time and everyone walked away with something. I know a couple of the people who work for me came away with bikes, microwaves and DVDs. I was happy. The picnic is there day, and this is the only track I know that on backstretch appreciation day they give stuff away. Gulfstream gives a nice donation and asks the trainer to do so as well, and I’m happy to do it.
Hope to see everyone out for Florida Derby week, and I hope we start the week off well with Sweet N Sour Nina in the Ocala.
Talk to you soon.
Three today, 5 tomoorrw, 1 Friday and one in the stakes….
Hopefully, when all is said and done, we’ll make a little run hjere, get my name back on the list and keep my owners happy.
Started off real slow, had trouble getting rolling. Like last week didn’t run any, this week got 10. been like roller coaster, usually a lot more consistent. Horses have been running good. It’s been the toughest this year that I can ever remember.
usually this time of the year fields start to thin out, but every race still has 10, 12 horses. Competition been tough. Thought thin out a little more but definitely tough.
Purses are better, than has something to do with it. Keeneland opens later and fl. Derby a little later. People seem like stay later. Bottom line is, purses. If you give away good moiney people will run.
My normal time. Decemeber I sually claim at calder. November I usually give the horses some time off. So I’ll have to adjust schedule from wherever I come from. I susually take time in nov to give them a break and gear them up in December for the gulfstream meet. So I’;ll have to adjust.
I hope it works.
Nina – we talk owners, decide to take baby steps. We like the idea of the 1 1/8th mile, wbut we’re going to stick with the Ocala. For one, it’s a restricted stakes two, just lookin at nomination for rampart, you have unriveled belle ad awesome maria and amazing….if the purse was 300,000 and finish third you’re graded stakes placed it’s great. For 150,000, I don’;t want to run against those horses. We can wait till we get up[ north and cherry pick. You got 5 tracks in 3 hours, yuou can cherry pick your spot. This is giulfstream and the toughest horses in the country run here/. For 150,000 I don’t need to throw her to the wolwves. She just won a two ther than, so we’ll take ti easy.
The owners claimed her for 50,000 at keeneland. It’s exciting. While maybe its not as exciting as running in the rampart, it’s still a stakes and its being run at gulfstream. So to me it’s exciting/.
I didn’t attend the Backstretch picnic but we contributed to a check it seems like everyone walked away with something
My help was exvcited. A couple of them walked away with bikes, microwaves and dvd.
I’m was happy. It’s there day. This is the only track I know that on backstretch appreciation day they give sstuff awauy. Gulfs gives a nice donation and asks the trainers to do so as well. I’m happy to do it. The people who work for me all work hard.