|classic bobby ears.|
Three weeks after Bobby's third place finish--his best to date--he was back for his fourth attempt in three months.
Bobby walked out of the gate and dove right for the inside rail. He was a looong was back in a six furlong race, but by the time the field rounded the turn, he was moving up. Once he straightened out, he came flying up the rail before having to angle out to get past the horse in front of him. He didn't manage to catch the winner, but he did get up for second. It was the best finish of his career, and definitely the best effort he put forth.
He was wheeled right back around and made his next start two weeks later at a mile and seventy yards. He had only raced at six furlongs previously.
Another bad break, another start well behind the field. However, he moved right up to third/fourth to race in good position. By the time they reached the final stretch, he was actually in second. He was never going to beat the winner, and he ended up tiring and finishing fourth just getting beaten by the two horses in front of him.
Another month, another race. He was dropped back down to six furlongs this time around.
This race is kind of fun for me because my friend now owns Sergeant Karakorum--the horse who broke even slower than Bobby. NY-breds must stick together! Both boys ended up waaaaay behind the field thanks to their bad breaks. Bobby had an easier time catching up to the field and ended up duking it out for another fourth place finish. The Sarge stayed in last place, but eventually went on to be a pretty good steeplechase horse.
At this point, Bobby had raced six times in just under four months. The chart doesn't show it, but he ended up bleeding in his last race. He got sent back to Finger Lakes under a new trainer and was given five months until his next race. He was also listed for sale for $5,000 during this time, but obviously no one bought him.
At this point in his career, he had been racing on the winter circuit at Aqueduct in $40,000-$45,000 MSW (maiden special weight, for horses that have never won a race) company--certainly not an embarrassing class to be in. When he finally raced again, now at Finger Lakes, he was dropped down for a $15,000 tag with a bunch of maiden claimers.
You won't see much of Bobby in this race. You get to see him load into the gate, break pretty well, get stuck to the outside, and then by the time the camera clears the trees, he's already getting eased. He was pulled up for gushing blood and that was the last time he ever raced.
He earned just over $18,000 for his efforts and finished with a record of 7-0-1-1. The longest he ever raced was one mile and seventy yards, spending the rest of his time at six furlongs.
He made his way back to my college in December of 2009, and a year later he was on his way down to PA to come live with me. Now he spends his time being a professional drama queen. It's a hard knock life.
|"but i'm a racehorse!!"|