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A Special Delivery, a 5yo Indiana-bred mare

I recently purchased a 5yo IN-bred mare from a lady who was dispersing her stock. Her name is ‘A Special Delivery’ – the above image captures her lifetime past performances (click to enlarge) and here is her pedigree:

No doubt about it, she has not delivered anything ‘special’ in the past. But the good news is that she is an Indiana-bred where much of her competition is also less than stellar, and with slots-fueled purses many stand to earn a decent paycheck. For example three starts back she earned a miniscule Beyer of 15, yet still ran second.

Now below is a recent HR/GPS chart of her galloping around a local training center track – a 5/8 mile dirt loop, so she had to slow down a bit in the turns:

On the straightaways she was able to reach a 2:30 pace consistently while keeping her heart rate below 200bpm, which is my sweet spot for stamina in Indiana, as my last racemare, named Celestial Princess, was able to win several races with similar physiological ability.

Anyone can take a decent horse and continue to win decent races. I am looking to prove a point – that a horse with reasonable speed (and she has recently been through an opening quarter mile just off the pace in 22 and change), can be conditioned to hold that speed longer with my methods than with conventional ones. A Special Delivery will likely never leave the claiming game, but with some extra attention she can break her maiden and provide us with an interesting education on our way to some racing excitement.

The trainer is a long time friend named Doug Ham with over 1,000 career starts – many starters have been owned by my family over the past 20 years. He trains off track at a facility in Southern Indiana named Cook’s Training Center, with a very relaxed atmosphere. After her exercise, she is vanned 5 miles down the road to the farm where she is turned out regularly. She’ll never be stabled trackside.

He initially tried her without Lasix, then added it when she appeared to bleed. All efforts will be made to condition her to get off the drug, but since I didn’t start with her at 2 or 3 – she may be trapped in that cycle.

I bought her partly to try out a new feed additive that seems to be a very good, natural, lactic acid buffering compound:

The developers, a couple of PHDs from England, flew here to Lexington earlier this month to talk to me about it – it goes by the name of STORM and is a formula including the amino acid beta-alanine, which leads to more muscular carnosine storage in horses. Unlike creatine, which horses cannot seem to absorb, this stuff is taken daily and builds up in the muscles over 4-6 weeks – which is about how far this filly is out from her 2011 debut – first short breeze planned Saturday. My colleague in London uses this on dozens of horses, and absolutely loves it.

Three times a day I am also using a massage saddle, which I have found also aids performance:

This little girl is going to get the royal treatment, as she will receive 20min full body massage sessions: 1) before each exercise session to facilitate warm-up, 2) after each workout in order to enhance recovery, 3) again each afternoon just to break up the monotony of the day, and most importantly 4) 20min before each race prior to entering the post parade – as I have personally seen this make a dramatic performance at Churchill Downs.

Current plans are to get her to the track this summer as sound and fit as possible, relying on the regular massage treatments and lactic acid buffering supplementation to buy us 10 lengths over 6F, which she needs to improve in order to win. Should we keep her through 2012, she will undergo a very unconventional pre-season prep after a winter break. Long, steady gallops building up to a 3:00 pace for 4 miles in order to build maximum capillary density and mitochondrial development, will be the norm.

I put her value, training costs included for 2 years, at $40,000. Being an Indiana-bred, with their slots fueled purse structure, is a huge bonus. There are never any other monthly costs to be incurred by investors, as ongoing expenses are to be taken from purse earnings, if necessary – we settle up when she is claimed, sold, or retired. For instance, if she is claimed this season that saves us roughly $15k in training costs for 2012, and that will be figured into any disbursements.

Partners will receive weekly updates that include vet bills, feed details, HR/GPS workout charts, pics, videos, etc. Of course all races in Indiana are televised via HRTV and available for online streaming, but you are always welcome to attend in person on raceday as my personal guest.

I have remaining a total of 25% to offer at $2,000 per 5%.
Please contact me if you are interested at 502-541-5087 or

  1. Good effort last week at historic Churchill Downs, where on Wednesday A Special Delivery breezed 4F in 51.2 which was ranked 33 of 49 at the distance:

    Her first breeze at the distance, and she fared well against some good racing stock at CD.

  2. Another Update: A Special Delivery was entered for an Indiana-bred maiden claiming race for this Friday, but didn’t make the draw, 13 entered for a 10 horse field and of course being stabled at the farm wasn’t in our favor. Will try again for early next week in a similar spot, stay tuned. On the bright side, Laserman Steve Bourmas of Dakota Phone/Blind Luck fame worked her over for 2 hours on July 4th in the a.m, the day after her first 5F breeze. With missing this week’s race, Steve may get a few more days with her before her next effort, which should be of immense benefit. Also, she is on week 2 of STORM, and several more days of supplementation should be a good thing as well. Stay tuned….

  3. Update again:

    Not such a good showing first time out, but came back sound (so far). Jock was told not to be too aggressive for her first time out this year, and it showed. Broke crooked, ran up to about 7th on the backstretch – then faded under zero urging.

    Her PPs show she needs a few races to be her best, looking forward to next time out after several more cold laser massage works and STORM supplementation.

  4. Bill, can you share with us the type of training you have been doing with her? Conventional or scientific?

  5. Strictly conventional BJ. Long story short, I only became involved with her as she was deeply into conventional prep. This season all I will do is add some feed supplement and regular massage work. Next season will be our first with some significant off season mileage (if sound).

  6. What has happened with this filly? You still have her or not?

  7. Fantastic stuff I am highly interested as I train, breed, TB’s in KC and race in Iowa, PA, WV, OK, etc … I too have studied amino acids, oxygen intake, lactic acid…. and have some solid answers to taking a good horse and making it a couple strides better.

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