Who Says Horses Don’t Run Enough These Days?

November 16, 2014 11:57am
Missing Sefa 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

The eighth race at Churchill Downs On Sunday, November 16, 2014 drew ten horses for a six and half furlong sprint. With four of the entries having won well over $100,000 you might have expected a stakes race or at least some kind of upper level allowance condition. On the contrary, this eighth race had a purse of $14,000 for a starter allowance that was restricted to horses that had started for “A Claiming Price Of $5,000 Or Less in 2013-2014.”

Going into today’s race this salty field of veteran fillies and mares had made a total of 411 starts, won 87 races, and earned $1,209,095. The ten runners ranged in age from four to twelve, with an average of six-years-old. So, who says that horses don’t run enough any more?

1) She’s Lying Again – 5YO mare – 34: 4-7-1 - $52,966 – The Daily Racing Form described this one as, “… a steady check earner.” Her highest level win can in 2012 in $30,000 N2L claimer.

2) Lovely Leeann – 6YO mare – 27: 6-6-5 - $181, 643 – As a two-year-old this Indiana-bred won a restricted Indiana Stallion series stakes race with an $88,000 purse.

3) Tully’s Dreamer – 5YO mare – 21: 2-2-5 - $35,883 – This mare won at first asking as the 8-5 favorite at Churchill Downs with Calvin Borel up.  She has been in the barn of trainer Dallas Stewart for her entire career.

4) Gettem Up Girl – 5YO mare – 45: 14-8-7 - $202,244 – She won eight times in 2014, while running at five different tracks including a five-race winning streak from Feb. 20 to Apr. 29.

5) Hot Wacs – 4YO filly – 15: 3-4-3 - $36,163 – All of this filly’s wins came in 2014 including her initial victory in a Md10,000 race.

6) Missing Sefa – 12YO mare – 103: 28-19-15 - $345,736 – The DRF described this mare, who had won at least once every year except 2008 since she broke her maiden in 2004, as a “True warhorse”.

7) Makenzie’s Magic – 5YO mare – 48: 7-4-5 - $75,303 – This mare has been having the best year of her career after a three race win streak during the summer.

8) Slavic Princess – 7YO mare – 51: 12-12-11 - $160,215 – This consistent performer, who had been claimed five times in her career, had finished in the money 75% of her twelve 2014 starts as a seven-year-old.

9) Prom Theme – 5YO mare – 40: 6-7-6 - $83,351 – Prom Theme had run 15 times in 2014 with at least one start in every month of year. She was in the money in 10 of those races.

10) Reachfortheclouds – 4YO filly – 27: 5-5-0 - $45,591 – This filly also had a start in every month of 2014. She last won in July at Belterra Park in an $8,000 claimer.

In the end Prom Theme drew away from the competition down the stretch and got her seventh career victory. Moving into the turn it looked like the twelve-year-old warhorse Missing Sefa was going to be factor in the race, but she faded down the stretch.

On Twitter after the race @Keeneland Dan said of Missing Sefa, “Yes she did good, safe and sound back for some carrots and cuddling w Jamie [owner trainer Grubbs]!”

All ten runners were competitive and appeared to return in good condition. They will be ready to run in another few weeks.

The photo above is Missing Sefa winning an OC40K/N2X allowance race on Jan. 30, 2010 at Turfway Park with jockey Sal Gonzalez up. 


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