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February 2008

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Mojo Runner Race Results
Hollywood Pegasus Finishes Fourth in Debut!

February 9, 2007

Another Mojo Runner finishes “in the money.” 
The Man ran an incredible race; coming off the pace to finish 4th in his debut!

Photo by Fred Taylor
Photo by Fred Taylor
Photo by Fred Taylor

Be sure to visit HP's Profile Page to watch the race replay and the behind the scenes video clips on race day.

HP did all we could ask in his first time out.  He broke well; settled nicely back behind the pack; and came runnin' in the final furlong.  A very professional effort for a rookie--just as you would expect with his pedigree.  His rider said, "The kickback bothered him a little, and so he had to go wide (five horses, actually) into the stretch (as such, Woody ended up running a longer race)."  Hollywood was making up ground throughout the entire race; he passed three horses down the stretch; and looks to want more distance.

Equibase Race Results Summary

Woody's obviously a little "green" (e.g., he switched leads late and ducked in slightly at the top of the stretch); but our Trainer said he'll work out those kinks in time for HP's upcoming races.  The Man was eager to run; he wasn't rattled by the competition; and he was breathing easy when his tack was taken off. 

This race turned out to be the fastest run on the card for the day.  HP came out of it feeling good, and seems to be fine shape. Our Trainer is pleased with Woody's performance, and if all goes well, we hope to see him back on the track in a few weeks--maybe at a mile.  As such, the table is set to move forward.

Until then, cheers to all for a great day of racing and good Mojo--we are very proud of The Man!

Mojo Postcards from My Old Kentucky Home

Race Day Report
February 9 -
7:11 a.m. CT

The sun's risin' and the Mojo's workin'--it's a great day for a race!

Feeling good today--it's quite pleasant in the Bluegrass State this morning.  The temperature is in the 50's, and the skies are blue.

Photo by Fred Taylor

Turfway Park track handicapper, Mike Battaglia, has the following comments about Race 12:  "Give King Of Rhytm the edge because he's had some time off since finishing third in his last out (and gets blinkers today); Matter Of Record is a well bred first time starter; and Beneficiary is another pricey Keeneland sales grad who shows some solid works."  The Courier Journal has Woody at 15-1, and their handicapper is going with King Of Rythm, Stormster, and Tanna Gold.  No red carpet for Hollywood Pegasus (#7) around these parts, yet. (More below.)

Turfway Park Program Page

It's going to be a good race; and HP will make a solid case for himself on the track.  Our Trainer feels good about The Man's fitness, and likes his competitive chances.  John said this is probably one of the best fields of maidens that Turfway has put together thus far for this Meet.  We couldn't ask for better conditions to test HP because it's possible you'll see many of these horses again throughout the year in other stakes and allowance races.  So, now, it's up to Woodrow to give the handicappers something great to talk about in the days ahead.

This is a very exciting moment for all HP Partners, as well as our Partnership in general.  Getting a Yearling to the races takes time, patience, attention to detail, high standards, and good Mojo.  And when Woody springs from the gate in a few hours, he keeps the Mojo Concept and
Mission in full swing!

Wagner's Pharmacy Race Preview
February 8 -
12:08 p.m. CT

Photo by Fred Taylor

Photo by Fred Taylor

Today, I'm having lunch at the legendary Wagner's Pharmacy (across the street from Churchill Downs).  It's an old school, working pharmacy that has all the traditional fixin's--soda fountains, grill, etc.  Track workers, trainers, owners, and racing fans alike come here to have breakfast and lunch.  The walls are covered in Derby memoribilia, and the partons have all the inside scoop on the racing action.

Photo by Fred Taylor Photo by Fred Taylor

I stopped in to pick up a copy of the Daily Racing Form (DRF) in order to get the published word on The Man and his race tomorrow.  The morningline for HP is 20-1; but don't let that get you down.  Our Trainer called to tell me The Man is fired up and ready to go!

Woodrow is going to be matched up against some impressive competition--in fact, there are horses that have raced before; and there are horses entered that were purchased for: $75k, $90K, $100K, $275K, etc.  So, "this ain't no chump race," and Woody will have to be on his "A" game to be competitive and to prove out the Mojo Mission.  For whatever it's worth, two of the DRF's handicappers have HP in their top three.

The WX is beautiful today--sunny; in the 50's; and bright clear blue skies.  The forecast is expected to hold that way until tomorrow night.  Later this afternoon, my plans are to go out to HighPointe to give The Man a Mojo pat for good luck!

It's Race Time!

February 2008

Mojo's Leading Dude, Hollywood Pegasus, has been officially entered in Race #12 at Turfway Park on Saturday,
February 9, 2008
!  Post Time is 6:11 p.m. ET

Overnight TP 9FEB08

Overnight TP 9FEB08

Woodrow will be ridden by local Victor Lebron.  Victor is one of the leading riders at Turfway Park
- he's currently third in the standings with 173 starts, 20 wins, 28 seconds, and 33 thirds.  Accoding to the track's Jockey Bios:  "Victor Lebron grew up riding pleasure horses on his father’s farm in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Since coming to the U.S., Lebron has ridden primarily in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. He finished second among riders at the 2006 Ellis Park meet and at Turfway was third in both the 2006 Fall and Holiday meets and fourth in the 2007 Winter/Spring Meet."

Our Trainer reports that The Man is in top form—in his last breeze (Sunday, February 3), he worked five furlongs in 1:01.6.  John said, “The horse is ready.  He's strutting around, feeling like King Kong.  He should be competitive his first time out.”