Tonight was the last night of racing at Batavia Downs for the season. Batavia will open for live racing towards the end of July. Buffalo Downs and Batavia race alternate to each other.
Not to far north of the US-Canada border is Flamboro Downs. Tonight, I had two horses entered to race. In the first race was Sally De Vie.
Sally De Vie
Sally was the first horse that I bought from the stable.ca just over a year ago. She was a yearling back then and like the others she was early in her training. It soon became clear, however, that her knees were not mature enough to handle the stress of racing. She was given the summer off to grow up some and came back into training a could of months ago. Two weeks ago, she qualified and last week she competed in her first race. Sally had post position nine last week, which starts behind the other horses. It is a very difficult position to win from. She did race an acceptable race all things considered finishing fifth 2 and 1/2 length behind the winner and at one point was 3rd just 2 lengths behind.Sally-de-vie-Win
In tonight’s race, her post position was only slightly better, post position 8. Post position 8 is one of the worst places to start as it is furthest from the rail. Flamboro Downs does have a video feed but you can not directly link to it. To view the race go to the Flamboro Downs replay page select Dec 16 and then the 1st race.
It is a very exciting race. She raced very well against horses with more experience than her, And she won. So with two lifetime starts she has one win and one 5th. Not trying to jink anything but that is two checks in a row.
Sally De Vie will be turning 3 in January as do all standardbred racehorse as they share a universal birth date. It is really exciting to see that she has a win and a life time marks as a two year old. Not every two year old can do that. I have great hopes to see her racing at 3 in the New York Sire Stakes Program.
Nower Power is a 3 year old that I picked up 1% of back in August. He is a three year old trotter, yes I have broken down and have trotters. His performance has been up and down. He has make a number of breaks, going off gait, in recent races. That includes a race just 4 days before his racing tonight.
Thoroughbreds seldom race more than once a month with 2 weeks being considered the least amount of time between races. Most thoroughbreds are unable to do that or repeatably do that. Standardbreds frequently race weekly with 30 starts a year not uncommon.nower-power-12-17-17
He had an amazing race, one you need to see for yourself in the replays. Use the same link as above and select the 7th race, he has post position number one.
Gouda Hanover raced earlier this week, also his first life time start. He did not do well finishing well behind. He did, however, race without going off stride so time will tell.