Joins the Red Rabbit Racing on September 20, 2012 after we claimed him out of a $40k claimer on the Polytrack at Arlington Park. The Hopster ran a strong second in the race. He becomes our 6th Race Horse since we began the adventure in 2004.
He is a serious horse having won graded stakes races in his past, but having a bit of a lackluster year so far in 2012. However, with all the back class he has, we felt it was worth the gamble - so we went for him.
On claim day, partners Founding Rabbit (Peggy) along with Money Rabbit (Jean) were on hand along with Deacon Rabbit (Rick) and others. Peg's husband Bob and his 2 sisters took in the fun while Trinity church friend Lisa Powell also saw the drama unfold.
At the time of the claim, he is a 5 year old gelded son of City Zip out of Citi Pearl. He looks healthy with good legs and no visible problems. Like General Charley, we claimed him out of the barn of Mike Stidham.
As Arlington was at the end of its meet, we placed him with trainer Neil Pessin who will take him to Keeneland and the Fair Grounds before swinging up north next year when at that time he will be placed under the care of northern RRR trainer Chris Block for Arlington's meet in 2013.
Pics on the day and lifetime PP's are available below. All the way down is the News Blast that went out to the Rabbit Nation announcing our new monster in the Barn.
"Rabbit Watchers Round The World,
And with the words “Drop The Slip” Red Rabbit Racing found its way back into the thick of the Thoroughbred Racing World. The slip we are referring to is the instructions given by trainers Neil Pessin & Chris Block to yours truly to deposit the sealed Claiming Slip into the Claiming Box officially announcing our desire to buy acclaimed Thoroughbred, named Workin For Hops, in the 3rd race at world famous Arlington Park this very afternoon.
Workin For Hops is a 5 yr old Gelding, shown below, that was entered in an Allowance Optional Claiming race for a price of $40,000. Since the entries were published this past Monday, we agonized over this claim as we felt this was still a fine horse – but was at quite a price for this little old family stable. Ultimately the Rabbit partners agreed that this was the right move and we pounced on the opportunity to buy this horse. In the race, the Hopster ran a game second and seemed to come out of it fine.
I will have much more about this bold and brazen move made today as the Web site will be updated and video of our newest HERO will be uploaded by this weekend.
Until then, sleep well knowing that your favourite Racing Stable is Back in Business with a Monster in the Barn.
Good Luck & Good Racing,