AJ's Angel won in his first start as a 2 year old by overcoming some very aggressive bumping throughout the race, and an awful 4 to 5 wide trip. This boy just may have something and we hope to find out just how much in an upcoming MTA sale graduate stakes race.
Now with 3 wins in our stables, of only 4 horses this year, and an average of just under $4,000 per start, we rank 12th in Earnings Per Start among all owners who are truly active at Canterbury. For example, there are over 500 owners who race every year but only about 50 have started 10 or more times this season as of this update.
With these wins, Stormy Business has moved up to rank 2nd among all Minnesota Standing Sires in 2016 Minnesota Bred Horse earnings, after being the number one sire in this category each of the last 3 years! (Plenty of time to be number 1 again!)
This week another Stormy 2 year old gets his first start for the Mac Robertson barn (No Bling), while Victory Ice seeks her first win and AJ's Angel and Blazing Angel both run in stakes races.
Funny that AJ runs in the MTA sales stakes race since we never got a bid on him in the 2015 auction. There were few returning and active bidders at last year's auction. Consequently, we took AJ home after the sale knowing he was one of the best bred horses in Minnesota (The only auction yearling out of a stakes winning and producing mare, who was also out of a stakes winning and producing mare, while being a full brother to a $120K lifetime earnings stakes winner.) AJ has already won a $32,000 purse race and I think he will do well in the $40,000 MTA sale graduate stakes race. No Bling should also do well in her first start and she only sold for $3,000 last year's auction.
Anyway, for those who have asked, this may help explain why we didn't consign our bred horses this year.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.