The Wise and Powerful Athena

Athena

In Greek mythology, Athena was the goddess of wisdom and courage and so very much more! It is appropriate then that on my farm the daughter of Allez Tam is named Athena. Athena is the half-sister to Achilles and Rocko and Aiden, as all four of them have the same sire, an American Warmblood stallion who is the son of Song (who also lives where I do). Athena takes after her father in coat color, but not much else in terms of build and looks and personality.

Athena was born on June 14, making her birthday very close to my human’s day. Outside of me, I think Athena is my human’s favorite horse at the farm I live on. Athena may be the smallest of the four American Warmbloods who were born on the farm where I live, but don’t let that full you. That girl is in charge! When she was very young, she looked like a pure Thoroughbred baby (her mother Allez Tam who you’ve met is a pure TB) tearing up the field and being mostly independent from her mother early on. She had a few stumbles during wet days in the paddock, but she was always up and off to the races again in short order.

Athena does like to be the head of her herd, but she is not as pushy as some of the other mares on the farm. She and Sapphire were good friends when they were in the field together and tended to rule together, but when Code Red (Song’s daughter) came on the scene, things became strained between Athena and Code Red. Code Red is definitely more pushy. For the sake of all, the mare fields were split up. Nowadays, Athena lives with her dam, Allez Tam, North Kerry Lass and Satin. These four get along fairly well though Athena does like to be the first to get treats and food.

Athena is only about 15.2 hands high, but her potential should be unlimited in the right hands. She likes to work and mostly GO! She’s still working out things under saddle. She’s definitely a solid, well-built girl with a firecracker mind. I like Athena most days, just not when she’s getting too many of my mints or is eating in a stall next to me and making ugly faces because she thinks I might steal her food. Like me she does crib. She learned that from her dam, Allez Tam.

It’s good to be back introducing my friends on the farm to all of you!

Can I get an ALLOWANCE?

If you read my previous article Claim Is the Name of the Game (https://blueblueseaottb.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/claim-is-the-name-of-the-game/), you have an understanding of what most races being run each day in the USA. Allowance races are another common race that you will see at tracks each day in the USA.

I never ran in an allowance race during my career, but famous Rapid Redux (http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbHorseInfo.cfm?refno=7704652&registry=T) has made his streak and name from running in a particular kind of allowance race, so I’ll refer to some of his races to give you an idea.

The first thing to understand is that there is no ability to make a claim in an allowance race, so none of the horses in an allowance are going to be for sale. In an allowance race, the racing secretary will set conditions that determine how much weight each horse will carry in the race. The theory behind assigning weights is to level the playing field – better horses carry more weight to give the other horses a better chance at winning, so theier is better competition. Allowances are based on things like the age of the horses, the gender of the horses, how many races the horses have won and when those wins came, among others.

When you look at the racing form, it will state that the race is an Allowance and you might see something like this:

Three Year Olds    119 lbs.  Older    124 lbs.  Non-winners of a race other than Claiming since March 16   2 lbs.

These are the allowances – how much weight a horse can subtract from the standard depending on age. In this example, all 3 year olds would start at 119 lbs and those over 3 would start at 124 lbs. If a 3 year old entered that had won a claiming race since March 16, would only need to carry 117 lbs. If a 5 year old was entered who had won a Stakes race, the horse would not get any allowance and would carry the full 124 lbs.

Now, a special Allowance race is a Starter Allowance, and this is where Rapid Redux found his niche. Generally, you will find the best of the Claiming runners in a Starter Allowance. To enter a starter allowance, a horse must have run at a certain claiming level according to the conditions of the race during a specified time period.

So, there you have it, Allowance races. Hope you will find reading the form easier now that you understand these two races better.

Allow yourself some time, and you’ll be a pro in no time. 🙂

Blue Blue Sea

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