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Mojo Race Recap: A Gusty Effort by Bling at Oaklawn Park!
Mojo's three-year-old Filly, Bling It On Baby (by Pomeroy out of Majestic Glitter), ran in a 6-Furlong Allowance race at Oaklawn Park (OP) on Saturday, February 7. This was Bling’s sixth start of her racing career.
“The Mojo Filly is all heart, and she demonstrated a new element of her racing ability on Saturday,” said Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM.
Starting from Post Position #7, Bling It On Baby was in the middle of the pack (there were 10 starters and 2 scratches from the race). Bling went into and came out of the gate perfectly. She was allowed to settle off the pace and took advantage of a gap between horses to slide over into the 3 path. Going down the backstretch, Bling was able to save ground and draft off the front runners.
Around the far turn, Bling maintained her pace. At the top of the stretch, Jockey Jarreth Loveberry called on the Mojo Filly, and she responded by digging in and going after Easter Indy (the horse in 3rd). Bling was able to catch up to Easter Indy at the 16-pole and get by her near the finish. Down the lane, the only threat came from the #12 horse, Scadadle, that was closing on Bling from the outside (as she had done in the last two races at Remington Park and Oaklawn Park). At the wire, it took a photo finish to see if Bling or Scadadle would hit the board.
As it turned out, Bling's head was drawing back in her natural stride while Scadadle's head was going forward. And, the Mojo Filly just missed coming in 3rd by a nose. The horses that finished first through fifth were only separated by a couple of lengths (total).
"Bling raced according to plan coming from off the pace and conserving energy for the stretch run," Fred explains. "Unlike her previous races when she's set the pace, but ran out of gas coming down the stretch, this time Bling responded vigorously when Jarreth called on her to dig in."
race at Oaklawn is going to be a battle, and this one was no
execption," explains JR Caldwell, Mojo's Trainer. "Bling ran a
gutsy race today, and showed us she's a fighter when the top horses are
putting it down."
"The Mojo Filly definately has a competitive heart. This is the type of racehorse and type of race we love to be in as owners. We were shouting, ghost riding, and urging Bling down the stretch to get up at the wire!"
What’s next for Bling It On Baby? “We have to see what comes up in the condition book," JR says. “I'll be looking for a race that offers Bling the opportunity to be at her competitive best. Fortunately, she's the type of horse that's going to give us a solid effort in whatever kind of race is available.”
So, stay tuned for upcoming racing info about
Bling It On Baby, as well as more exciting news on our other horses in