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    Lightbulb A Tail of Two Horses

    There are a lot of stories to be found in the past performance lines of the Daily Racing Form.
    I came across one of them today which illustrates what different paths these animals sometimes travel.

    The 10th Race at Gulfstream on Wednesday is an OC 62k/N2X. After horse break their maiden they may enter allowance races which are restricted to horses who have reached certain levels. NX1 is for horses who have only broken their maiden. NX2 is for horses who have won at the NX1 level. NX3 is for horses who have won at the NX2 level.

    The 9th race at Gulfstream on Wednesday is an OC25k/SAL25k. This means owners may enter the horse under one of two conditions. Either they are putting the horse up to be claimed for $25k (OC25k) or the horse is being entered under Starter Allowance conditions as it has already run in a $25k claimer or less, BUT IT CANNOT BE CLAIMED in this race.

    10th race - Adulator

    Adulator is a 4 year old colt whose daddy was paid $75k to get mommy pregnant, and then was sold at auction for $400k in March 2015. He has had 8 starts. It took him two tries to break his maiden, three tries to win a NX1. This is his third start at the NX@ level, but he also finished 4th in a stakes race. This is not a bad career so far. In 8 races his record is 2-3-0-2-1. No race worse than 5th, and his total earnings are $155k. He has a bright future, and should, eventually, turn a profit.


    9th race Queen Del Valle


    Compared to Adulator, Queen Del Valle came from the other side of the tracks. She is a three year-old filly. Daddy's fee was only $2.5k. The Queen went to auction where she only fetched $7500 when she was purchased by Magic Stables LLC. She apparently did not have much of a future because last June they entered her in a $25k Maiden claiming race. She finished 3, but was claimed bu the Big Lick Farm. With $25k in their pocket, Magic Stables obviously did the right thing.

    So Big Lick switches her to the turf in a $35k Maiden Claimer, and she wins by 6 lengths! So they enter her in a Starter Allowance---because she has already run in a claimer---and she wins and she wins and she wins. Because she has run in a $25k claimer, she can enter these OC25k/SAL25K races forever.

    Long story short---she won a NX1 plus two more SAL races. In 9 starts she has 7 wins and 1 third. She has banked $126k from a $25k investment. No wonder she is the 9-5 morning line favorite tday. Now, she will probably never earn as much as Adulator, but her return on the investment...
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    So none of them were named Frank?

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    The only thing I got from that were the names of a couple of horses.

    C3PO and R2D2. Which one won?

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    For the congenitally ignorant among us (not excluding myself), please define "break his maiden."

    An address where we can obtain more information would help as well - why, for instance, did it take two tries to break his and what the hell is a "maiden claimer?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mindervillain View Post
    For the congenitally ignorant among us (not excluding myself), please define "break his maiden."

    An address where we can obtain more information would help as well - why, for instance, did it take two tries to break his and what the hell is a "maiden claimer?"
    All horse run in Maiden Races. These are races for horses who have never won. MSW are Maiden Special Weight races. The horse cannot be claimed out of them. If a horse cannot win a MSW there are Maiden Claiming races. These are races in which the competition is not as strong, but because who have entered for the claiming price, your horse can be bought by whoever puts in a claim. High Level claiming races do not see horse picked up. At Big Tracks these can be for $100k, $5k and $50k. The lowest claiming price at a major track will be $25k. That's what the owners of Queen Del Valle did. We do not know if they wanted to get rid of her, or just thought she would pick up a win and they would go on to race at the next level, and took a chance by entering her in a claiming race. In either event, it did not work out for them as well as it did for the new owners.

    At minor tracks the claiming levels can be even less. You find $12.5k and $8k maiden claimers. At even smaller tracks they will be entered for as little as $4k and $2.5k. But you will not get much of a horse for those prices

    Winning a MSW race at first try is rare. Winning withing the first 4-5 is OK. When it gets tough is when it becomes apparent that the horse you have spent $$$ shows that it is not likely to win at MSW and you have to roll the dice by entering in a maiden Claimer. Big barns just chalk it up as a loss. For smaller barns the risk and loss is much more significant---but then that is why you do not see smaller barns spending $400k on horses at auction.

    For further information:

    http://www1.drf.com/flash/drf_pp_tutorial.html

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    Claiming Races

    When an owner puts in a claim on a racehorse, he may not get it. If there are multiple claims, each owner is assigned a number and corresponding number of cubes are put in a shaker and one of them is rolled out. Whichever owner's number comes out, he gets the horse. Often horses are claimed as the result of a three way shake or a five way shake.

    Last week there was a race in which 24 owners put in claims on a horse. That is extremely rare.

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    I guess maiden sounds better than "Losers".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Capua View Post
    So none of them were named Frank?
    Frank's a nice name. Robin Day's got a hedgehog called Frank.
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    Adulator ran 6th so that is a very small check.

    Queen Del Valle won again adding $16k to her bankroll which is now $143.

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