Graham called an audible this morning and entered Brave Monarch in the extra 32k maiden claiming race going 1 1/16 miles on the turf on Sunday, March 6th at Tampa Bay Downs. While we would have preferred to run in a maiden special weight first asking, this colt is ready to run, and we see no reason wait for another race. Both Graham and WPT see him as an unlikely candidate to be claimed. His workout times are modest, and most people are not apt to claim first time starters. There is a John Terranova first time starter in the race who was an 85k yearling purchase.
Before entering a horse into a claiming race, we secure a vote from the Partners. However, since this was an extra race, and since we were excluded from our original race target, we gave Graham the go ahead to enter. This looks like a good spot to get a confidence building experience into him.