The Challenge – Week 45; Time to Trade the Cards in.

It’s time readers.  I’m trading in the cards and we’ll see what we end up with.  Doing the exchange now will give some time to race the newbies that we end up with.   I’ll be trading in 2 D’s for a sire share and the other 2 D’s will be used with 2 E’s to breed a random bred.  But first, the results.

Three horses ran this week and one was claimed.   RESERVATIONS FOR ME was taken away from the stable upon racing in an 11 furlong, low-end $3,000 claiming race.   The 6-year old has been with the stable since June of 2018 and his results have gone sour of late.  This week, he was a pretty steep 8/1 and ran flatly throughout the race, pretty much 6th position.  He lost a good distance in the final quarter of the race falling from 6 back to lose by a dozen lengths.   He raced 14 times for the stable which was evenly split between the dirt and grass.  He did well with a 5-3-1 record during his stay but was off the board in the last three races and age may be catching up to him.   He contributed 183 BP’s but did not give us anything in his farewell race.   One final sire card which turned as a G.  We wish him well with his new connections.

GREAT FAPP made his second start for the stable and moved out of the allowance level he ran in last time to a $15,000 claiming race and surrendered the turf for the grass.   The field looked competitive with 7 of the 12 runners in a tight range of odds from 4/1 to 7/1 and Great Fapp pegged at 6/1.  Despite the odds, he flat out failed.   Ninth place was the only position he would reside in at each cut of the fractions.   He lost by half a dozen lengths and got no BP’s and a G-card.

At 3/1, HENNY YOUGMAN was the third betting choice in a starter allowance event at a 7-furlong distance.  Henny managed to finish third in the seven horse field with a speed of 91 and lost ground in the stretch run.   His speeds have declined, so I’m a bit concerned but I’ll be looking to drop him down the claiming ranks in his next race as he’s probably facing a bit to much and there could be improvement with a strategy change.   We also got on sire card with the field size being 7 but this one gave us 12 BP’s.

For the week, only 3 G-cards and 12 BP’s.  Cards now on hand are:  4-D’s, 2-E’s, 2-F’s and 3-G’s.   The 12 BP’s advance the total on hand slightly up to 1,353.


As the article started out, I’m trading cards in so horses can be raced before year end.  I’m using 2 D cards for the Sire and Dam-sire and 2 E’s as DDS and the Booster card.   And a horse named CARDS B GOOD TO ME has been born as a 2 year old filly.   Her breeding line consists of Rubick x Lewis Michael x A.P. Warrior.   The current cost for Rubick is 59 credits; Lewis Michael 134 credits and A.P. Warrior 127 credits.   Other than A. P. Warrior, I am unfamiliar with the other two.  Perhaps one of our better informed readers can enlighten us as to how well this turned out.  I’m not feeling too good about it.

The remaining two D-cards have been traded in for a sire share.   And the winning sire is……AWTAAD (D-Rated).   Oh darn…didn’t get a higher graded sire.  Awtaad is currently selling for 99-credits and has a Cape Cross bloodline.  This is where I look for help from readers.  The goal now is to use some of the 1,353 BP’s on hand to build the DS and DDS to go with this sire.  The sire looks to be more prominent for the turf.    I’m looking for suggestions on this.


Including Cards B Good To Me, there should be four horses running next week and I’m looking forward to suggestions on how to build a back end to the sire Awtaad.



Now the other 2 sire cards

9 thoughts on “The Challenge – Week 45; Time to Trade the Cards in.

  • November 11, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Goodluck with whatever u choose

    DS – Montjeu @ 450BP
    DDS – Dynaformer @ 320BP

  • November 11, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I like Rubick. He’s doing OK in Australia with his early offspring, without setting the world on fire. Don’t know Lewis Michael, but he looks to be another turfer, and A. P. adds a bit of dirt to at least provide options if turf doesn’t work. It’s not really a combo I’d be excited about, and a tad disappointing for a years work.

    The points will buy just about any back end you want. I agree with 3away and would also consider Dubawi (DS), Monsun and Street Cry

  • November 11, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Correction on the article, actually have 1,900 BP’s in the stable. I read the total for the one listed above it in error. Even better…may just breed a scratch bred too with whatever is left over.

  • November 11, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I’ll keep you updated on my new horse RESERVATIONS FOR ME i have big plans for him.

    • November 12, 2019 at 9:18 am

      I wish you the best with Reservations and hope that you get big results too!

  • November 12, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Awtaad was a real good racehorse and a Classic winner. His Dam’s half was second in this years Derby and was by Dawn Approach, I would prefer to use his sire New Approach he is better. This produces a cross to Ahonoora’s best daughters. It is also the reverse cross of Masar who won the Derby. On the back end Street Cry works well creating a cross to Helen Street which has produced an above average number of stake winners to runners in a pedigree.

  • November 12, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Thanks Iant for the feedback.

    Maybe I pulled the trigger too soon but I did go with Montjeu and Dynaformer. Ended up with a filly who I named Kash In The Cards (using my icon “kash” name) and she is entered into a race on Sunday.

    I also used remaining credit to breed another horse which turned out to be a colt that is named I Will Challenge. The bloodline is Speightstown (545 BPs) x Forty Niner (291 BPs) x Alydar (255 BPs). This one is at the farm for now and I’ll most likely shift one out after this weeks racing to make a spot for him to run a week from now.

    • November 12, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Goodluck with her

      In the game Sadlers Wells and his sons at DS cross really well with the Cape Cross line

      I really like the scratch bred colt on paper aswell

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