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Monday, December 17, 2012
As you may have already found out, Great Bam has been entered in Race 1 on Friday, a $10,000 claiming race going 6 and 1/2 furlongs with a purse of $16,000. On paper, it stacks up as a relatively competitive affair but the good news is that it’s only a field of six. Seth Martinez will again have the call.
Clay decided that this is where Great Bam likely had the best chance of winning. Taking a quick scan through the Past Performances for Friday and you can see that the $5,000 claiming race going six furlongs drew a capacity crowd (two of which are trained by Clay). In reality, that race is just about as tough as the $10,000 claimer.
Additionally, the allowance race did go drawing a field of 8. If you compare that group to the group Bam will face there is a noticeable class difference. Six of the eight runners in the allowance race have produced a Beyer Speed Figure this year that is better than the career high Bam ran his last time out.
Thus, we run in the first against five foes. Here’s a quick look at the field:
#1 Longer Version - The Illinois-bred has been facing state-bred competition and now goes in against open toward the end of the Hawthorne meet. He has been soundly defeated in three starts off the claim and is likely to be the highest price in the race.
#2 Schillerthekiller - This name may be familiar to you. Clay trained this horse throughout the summer and he notched one victory and one second place finish from two Canterbury starts. He was claimed away from Clay two starts back and finished fourth against similar competition last time out. Has a right to be competitive.
#3 Great Bam - You are all familiar with him. Not clear how the extra half furlong will affect him but he has hit the board in four of five career races at the distance. Without any other clearly defined front-runner, might he go straight to the lead today?
#4 Angel Talk - Takes a slight drop in class down a claiming level back to the level of his most recent victory. Has beaten handily in his two efforts against better. Eleven career wins include six at Hawthorne so he knows his way around this oval. Could potentially go to the lead depending on how quickly Bam gets into stride.
#5 Lalo’s Baby Bear - Exits a win last time out at this level and has some impressive back class. It’s possible that he is rounding back into form and that likely gives him just a slight lean on the morning line when it comes out. One to fear.
#6 Go Doug Go - Will be scratched out of a $14,000 claiming race on Thursday to run here instead. Slight drop down the ladder makes him a contender in here; however, he’ll need a quick pace to run down from off the pace. Probably the third wagering choice.
That’s a quick look at the field for Friday. Post time for the opener is 2:00pm. Hope you can sneak out to Canterbury to watch the race! Good luck.
via Canterbury Racing Club http://canterburyracingclub.com/2012/12/17/bam-in-race-1-on-friday/
Monday, December 3, 2012
As a couple of you have pointed out, Great Bam worked out on Sunday. The work was relatively moderate, going four furlongs in 51.40 seconds (ranked 22 of 40 at the distance). Jeff spoke with Clay after the workout and said that all went according to schedule.
Clay told Jeff that he intends to walk bam today and tomorrow, send him to the track to gallop on Wednesday and if all goes according to plan, he’ll work again next weekend and will be ready to enter.
via Canterbury Racing Club http://canterburyracingclub.com/2012/12/03/bam-works-out/
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Great Bam went out to the track for an easy work this morning covering four furlongs in 50.20. The worked ranked as the 9th fastest of 20 recorded at the distance. Clay is just trying to keep him sharp at this point in the hopes that an extra pops up in the coming days. Stay tuned!
via Canterbury Racing Club http://canterburyracingclub.com/2012/11/13/bam-posts-maintenance-drill/
Friday, November 9, 2012
Clay reports that Great Bam is doing well following his latest victory. Plans call for trying allowance company; however, when exactly that may be is a bit of a mystery.
The next allowance race that Bam would fit the conditions of (non-winners of one race other than maiden, claiming or starter) going short on the dirt doesn’t come up again in the Condition Book until November 30. Obviously, a bit of a wait. Thus, the hope is that it will come up as an extra prior to that date.
Unfortunately, we have no control over this and due to the fact that the allowance race is worth $30,000 – $32,000 it is worth the wait. Hawthorne does not run conditioned claiming races for non-winners of four races lifetime; thus, our options are to run in the allowance (for a purse of $30,000 – $32,000) or run in an open claiming race.
If we were to run in the open claiming races, Great Bam’s recent Beyer Speed Figure of 81 (a lifetime best) would make him competitive at the open $7,500 claiming level where the purse is only $14,000 or the open $5,000 claiming level where the purse is only $13,000.
Thus, for now, it makes sense to wait on an allowance race to see if we can take home a big prize. Stay tuned!
via Canterbury Racing Club http://canterburyracingclub.com/2012/11/09/great-bam-aiming-for-allowance-race/
Friday, November 2, 2012
Four Footed Fotos asked us to post some of the photo options available for purchase. Here they are:
Again, the best way to get a picture would be for anyone interested to give the office a call at Hawthorne and order on your own. They accept credit cards. Make sure you are clear that you are ordering a picture from Race 4 at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday, October 27, 2012 – Great Bam.
Four Footed Fotos
425-271-9424 main office
708-780-3700 (x3654) on race days
via Canterbury Racing Club http://canterburyracingclub.com/2012/11/02/bam-photo-options/