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My New Friend Redraw-Written by Scott Raymond a horse racing analyst and freelance racing journalist.
Equine Racing
Saturday 15th of August 2009 08:58 AM

 Redraw stood out in my July 9 Daily Racing Form past
  performances  but not for the usual reasons. This 10
  year old chestnut gelding  brought out the sympathetic
  side of this horse racing analyst. For  one thing, he
  was a ten year old race horse still working hard at 
  the race track. While the big name thoroughbreds are rushed
  off to  the breeding shed or the November Bloodstock
  sale for the fillies  and mares, Redraw was a gelding
  whose only course of action was to  keep slugging it
out in the claiming ranks at Canterbury Park. With  45
lifetime starts and $102,544 in earnings, Redraw's best days
were clearly behind him, but he was still making fans
  out of people like  me.


My wife and I love Canterbury Park and we happily
spend as many days  as possible in the summer attending
  the live racing meet in  Shakopee, Minnesota. I study
my Daily Racing Form as we sit at table  237 on the
  clubhouse level where the simulcast players and the 
  serious racing fans are mixed in with the special events
  groups. For  a 33 year old who grew up in the city and
  has zero horse experience, I fell in love with the
sport five years ago from the moment I had  the chance
  to see these amazing thoroughbreds up close and
  personal.  Kari and I make it a habit to go down to the
  paddock in between  every race to get a good look at
  the horses as they are saddled and  as they parade
  around the paddock. When I saw Redraw's past 
  performances in the Form, I told my wife that we have to go
  down to  the paddock and keep our eye on the 2 horse.

  Some horses catch my eye because they are the progeny
  of a prominent  sire like Smart Strike or our personal
  favorite horse Monarchos.  Other horses standout
  because of their connections. It wasn't his  pedigree
  or his Beyer Speed Figure or his Tomlinson ratings
  that  caught my eye. Instead it was the heartbreaking
  fact that he  finished 79 and a ½ lengths out of first
  place three races back. I immediately felt bad for
this aging veteran of the track. Prior to  this 79 and
  ½ lengths back eighth place finish, Redraw had
  finished  3rd but the comment section of Daily Racing
  Form continued to break  my heart when it simply
  reported "Lame, vanned off." Redraw  immediately became
  my focus for this 8th race of the day, a $4,000 
  Claiming event. I wasn't going to make any wagers on him.
  All I  wanted him to do was finish the race. Just
  finish the race safely.  Second, I didn't want him to
  be too far back. No more 79 and ½  length losses.
  Redraw's goal for the day would
  be a) finish the race and b) try and stay near
  the pack. Suddenly  this horse brought out the true
  horse lover in me and made me look  at this race as if
  I was the track veterinarian, not caring about  the
  order in which the horses finish only how and whether they
  finish.

   On this mid-July night of racing, Redraw finished the
  race. He  stayed with the pack and finished second to
  last bringing out a  smile from my wife and I as if we
  were two proud parents looking on.  He stayed close to
  the pack, he finished the race, and he appeared  to
  walk off the track safe and sound. But as a ten year old
  gelding,  my thoughts became consumed with one concern.
  What would happen to  Redraw once his owners or
  trainers decided he was done racing.  Clearly one look
 at the Daily Racing Form past performances shows a 
  recent history of injury and near last place finishes where
  he was  often distanced from the leaders. This horse
  that had just become my  sympathetic favorite may have
  an uncertain future whenever his  racing career ends.
  A Horseplayer Learns about Racehorse Retirement
On a vacation two years back, I did what any horse
  lover would do. I  planned a trip to Lexington where my
  wife and I went to morning  workouts at Keeneland, ate
  at the track kitchen, and took tours of  Three
  Chimneys, Lanes End, and Claiborne Farm. We took pictures
  of  Monarchos, had our picture taken with Pleasant Tap
  at Lane's End,  and relaxed in our vacation rental
  watching Seabiscuit and Dreamer.  But in between all
  those events, we spent part of a day at Old  Friends.
  We visited Old Friends, I heard the story of
  Ferdinandand  Exceller, I read After the Finish Line by
  Bill Heller, and suddenly  my love for horse racing and
  thoroughbreds was taking on a whole new  direction. Now
  I find myself aspiring to start an organization for 
  retired thoroughbred racehorses or at least fulfill my dream
  of  owning a horse by going through one of the many
  great adoption  programs that exists for retired
  racehorses. But right now, I live  in a one bedroom
  apartment in a city of
  3.5 million. Not the best environment for owning
  a horse, not to  mention the fact that I have zero
  horse experience and can barely  pay to take care of
  myself let alone me and a thoroughbred. In spite  of my
  present circumstances, I still became increasingly
  concerned  for the welfare of Redraw and wanted to keep
  my eyes on him. There  was zero chance that Redraw
  would end up stabling next to two-time  Breeders Cup
  Champion DaHoss and racing legend Cigar at the
  Kentucky  Horse Park. My only hope was to tell the
  story of this 10 year old  gelding that inspired me and
  brought out the sympathetic side of  this horseplayer.
  I entered him in my horses to watch section of 
  youbet.com and I studied his past performances through Daily
  Racing  Form.

   Redraw: From Breeding to 10 year old Veteran
   Sired by Repriced, Redraw is one of 303 foals, 234
  (77%) of which  were starters. He was one of the 160
  winners Repriced produced  having broken his maiden
  September 15, 2001 in the 9th race at  Kentucky Downs.
  Going 6 furlongs on the turf in a 28K Maiden Special 
  Weight race, he closed steadily from 8th place and ten
  lengths back  to 8th place and 5 lengths back to 7th
  place and only 3 and a  quarter lengths back. He then
  surged from 7th to first winning by a  length and a
  half earning a 62 Beyer Speed Figure on the grass, 
  hopefully making his grand sire Roberto proud. Redraw also
  has some  Northern Dancer in his pedigree having Deputy
  Minister as his  broodmare sire. Bred in Florida by
  Glen Hill Farm, Redraw was foaled  on January 31,
  1999.

   He ran at Churchill Downs. He won at both Arlington
  Park and the  Fairgrounds where track announcer John G.
  Dooley was calling his  name. Over his veteran career,
  he compiled five wins, three seconds,  and four third
  place finishes in 45 career starts. On October 24, 
  2004 he was claimed for $20,000 and took residence with new
  trainer  Wayne Catalano. He went through a stretch in
  2003-2004 where he  routinely posted Beyer Speed
  Figures in the high 70s or low 80s. He  spent the bulk
  of his career at Arlington Park and Hawthorne in 
  allowance races or claiming races anywhere from
  $30,000-$50,000. On  Christmas Eve 2004, at the
  Fairgrounds, he put up a 78 Beyer Speed  Figure in a
  $7,500 claiming race and won by a length. This was the 
  last win he recorded.
   Falling in Love with Horse Racing and the Claiming
  Game.

   Canterbury Park is never going to be confused for Del
  Mar, Saratoga,  or Keeneland. Yet, it is very special
  to me because it is where I  was introduced to horse
  racing. A buy one get one free coupon  encouraged us to
  give it a try. We sat at the "New to the Races 
  Seminar" taught by Jeff Maday. We even filled out a pick 6
  wager  back when we filled it out like a scantron sheet
  from a high school  biology exam. Canterbury Park has a
  lot of lower level claiming  races, but I still love
  the racing there and I have also taken a  keen interest
  in quarter horse racing, since they also run quarter 
  horses and a few graded stakes races at Canterbury. I have
  begun to  follow Mac Robertson and jockeys such as
  Derek Bell and Scott  Stevens. Leading quarter horse
  trainer Ed Ross Hardy is among my  trainers to watch on
  youbet.com and Redraw is among my horses to  watch. A
  horse that I admire and love, and a horse that I hope
  gets  a happy, peaceful retirement because he always
  tried hard on the track. He won three races at
  glitzy Arlington  Park and even had pilots such as the
  likes of Hall of Fame jockey  Earlie Fires and current
  leading rider at Arlington Park E.T. Baird.  He posted
  his career best Beyer Speed Figure of 89 on a muddy
  track  in a $35,000 Claiming Race under a ride by
  Earlie Fires. And maybe  his most noble effort was a
  third place finish at Fonner Park on  March 5, 2005 in
  a $25,000 Claiming Race. He closed the gap from  9th,
  to 6th, to 5th, to 4th, before finally finishing 3rd just
  two  and a quarter lengths behind the winner. His
  effort was noble  especially considering the Daily
  Racing Form comments for this race  simply say, "Lame,
  vanned off." He was laid up for over three years 
  before coming back in September 2008 and finishing 8th out
  of 9 and  a disappointing 79 and ½ lengths out of the
  first. No amount of  research could help me find what
  type of injury he sustained. And  though he still tries
  hard every
  outing, he clearly is not the same either
  because of age or because  of injury, or both. He
  doesn't have the pedigree of Empire Maker and  no one
  will ever confuse his on track winnings for those of
  Lava  Man. Nevertheless, he put in a solid career as a
  thoroughbred  racehorse. Many thoroughbreds never make
  it as starters and fewer  still are the ones that
  actually tally a win. Redraw did both. He  battled
  injury and came back. He continued to compete and put
  forth  his best effort every race. Like every
  thoroughbred racehorse, I  hope he finds a happy and
  relaxing retirement coming his way soon.  And if I had
  a barn and a few acres for him to turnout, Redraw
  would  be retiring happily with me. Until then, I will
  keep him on my  thoughts and in my youbet.com horses to
  watch, and hope for the best.

   Epilogue
   Following the initial story of Redraw after seeing him
  on July 9,  2009 at Canterbury Park, he ran two more
  times to date. He ran July  24th finishing 10th out of
  10 horses in a $7500 Claiming Race and he  finished 8th
  out of an eight horse field August 1st in a $10,000 
  Claiming Race. Both times I watched not from my carousel at
  the  simulcast center but from the reserved tables
  overlooking the race  track. Redraw is typically so far
  out of the pack that you can never  keep tabs on him
  from the TV monitor. So I watch from high above and 
  keep my focus on him to make sure he finishes safe and
  sound. I  recently read a story of a horseplayer who
  won a large bet and used  his winnings to retire an 11
  year old racehorse still working the  claiming ranks of
  his home track Suffolk Downs. While the story is  old,
  the inspiration was there. I'm also inspired by Old
  Friends,  the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption
  Program, and the Lone Star  Outreach to Place
  Ex-Racehorses
  (LOPE Texas) to name a few. I love reading
  everything I can about  thoroughbred horse racing and
  I'm inspired when I read stories about  Arthur Hancock
  and how he saved his Kentucky Derby winner Gato del 
  Sol from an unsure future. Whether it's hitting a pick 3
  at  Arlington Park and using the winnings to retire
  Redraw or trying to  start an organization for retired
  racehorses on my own, my love and  admiration for
  horses like Redraw is growing everyday. With the 
  Canterbury Park season winding down, I'm hoping he finishes
  the  season safe and sound. And until I hit that large
  Pick 3 or until a  group of horse lovers can retire
  Redraw as a group effort, I hope he  returns as an 11
  year old gelding next season. And I will be there 
  watching with a sympathetic eye and hopeful heart that his
  happy  retirement comes soon.

    About the author:
  Scott Raymond is a horse racing analyst and freelance
  racing  journalist. He fell in love with horse racing
  at Canterbury Park in  Shakopee, Minnesota where he
  focuses his handicapping on Canterbury  Park and the
  Chicago racing circuit via the simulcast center. In 
  addition to thoroughbred horse racing, Scott handicaps and
  analyzes  quarter horse racing focusing on Remington
  Park, Delta Downs,  Prairie Meadows, and Canterbury
  Park. Above all else, Scott is  passionate about
  racehorse retirement and dreams of not only owning 
  racehorses some day but also retiring a veteran claiming
  racehorse  to my future horse farm.


Response 1
Thursday 3rd of May 2012 01:25:22 PM
Submitted by: Sarah
Redraw is my new horse!!! I just bought him a few weeks ago from someone in Wisconsin!!:)

Resources for Showing On A Shoestring
Equine Showing
Thursday 6th of August 2009 01:00 AM

If you have talent and lots of dedication you can be just as successful as those for whom money is no object.
 

Exhibitors who keep their horses at home and haul to a trainer for occasional lessons often benefit from their hard work. Plus, because they spend more time in the saddle, they’ll be better able to recognize their horse’s quirks or problem areas.

Keep a diary of your rides write down the amount of time spent riding not the time spent talking to barn buddies. What happened, what worked and what didn’t. To complete the entry, jot down goals for the following day.

For multi-day shows, pick the day that has the most classes that you want to enter, and trailer in for that day only. You'll save money on entry fees by only entering a few classes, and save money on the stall as well. Another important point is economizing on the food budget, bring your own grub.

If you do choose to get a stall, see if you can team up with some friends to share a tack/groom stall. You can also pool resources so you don't necessarily have to buy everything you need.

Don't be fooled by the high-priced grooming products! Citre Shine (available in almost any store that carries human hair care products) is the same thing as Cowboy Magic at almost half the price. Suave shampoo and conditioner works great, and you can often get it for about $1/bottle. Those snazzy grooming wipes? Forget them...get a $2 package of baby wipes at Walmart.

Carpool! Try to get a friend or two to trailer with you to split the cost of gas.

Learn to sew or buy used. There are patterns available (try Suitability) so that you can sew some of your own clothes. Other patterns are also available for those with a certain amount of tailoring talent. Alternatively, there are several places on-line that sell used show clothes, and many of these items were only worn a couple of times. Ebay is an excellent source.

Spend some time and effort to study training techniques and learn to train your own horse, or at least keep up on its training after a professional has gotten it started for you. Save yourself about $700 a month in training fees. While it's much tougher to win on a national level, lot's of people do it. If you have a quality horse, some talent and education you can get there.

Remember to smile & have fun while showing!


 



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