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Mojo Race Recap: Bling's Season Finale at Remington Park!
Mojo's two-year-old Filly, Bling It On Baby (by Pomeroy out of Majestic Glitter), ran in the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes at Remington Park on Sunday, December 14. This was Bling’s fourth start coming off a 2nd place finish in a six-furlong Allowance on November 19, a 2nd place finish in the 6.5-furlong E.L. Gaylord Stakes on October 24, and her debut win in a six-furlong Maiden Special on September 11.
“This was a good test, and I liked the way Bling ran for six and a half furlongs,” Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM, said. “At this stage of her development, it looks like she’s better suited sprinting than running in route races.”
The Trapeze was a two-turn mile (8 furlongs), and featured a full field of horses—most were trying a longer distance for the first time. The track was muddy following a couple of brief and unseasonal severe thunderstorms that blew across Oklahoma City an hour before the race.
Bling It On Baby had a good start. She worked her way through mid-pack traffic and was four wide around the Clubhouse turn. Going down the backside, she quickened her pace and moved up to 3rd off the hip of the eventual winner. Into the far turn, Bling started to tire and was unable to contest the front runners. At the top of the stretch, Jockey Jareth Loveberry just allowed Bling to gallop home with little urging saving her to race another day.
“Bling had the best start of her previous three starts and she worked her way into a good stalking position down the backstretch,” Fred explained. “Moving past the ½ mile mark, she was in the perfect spot and the only question was whether or not she had enough left in the tank to carry the distance for the rest of the race. And, last night, she didn’t have it. Jareth did a nice job letting her cruise home on her own.”
“She’s a good horse; but, right now, the only thing she wants to do is go to the front and run off from the other horses,” Jockey J. Loveberry reported.
“We needed to see what she would do, and if she could carry the distance,” says Mojo Trainer, JR Caldwell. “I like the way she rated in the first half of the race, and I think she’ll be a solid runner for us at the sprint distance.”
“The Trapaze Stakes was the last race offered for 2YO Fillies during the Remington Meet, so it was really our only option for the time being,” Fred explains. “Bling has been running well; she’s had to overcome some troubled trips in her last two races; and she’s finished strong every time out. We know she has a competitive spirit, and we wanted to see if she was ready to go the distance.”
“Given her recent efforts and results, she earned the right to take a shot in the grand finale at the meet for 2YO Fillies,” Fred continued. “This race featured a talented group of young runners, and I’m glad we were included in the mix.”
“There’s no question in my mind that Bling wants to race and she can handle herself at that level of the competition,” Fred says. “We just have to find a race distance that’s better suited for her style of racing.”
What’s next for Bling It On Baby?
“I’ll ship her to my barn at Oaklawn Park, and let her get settled in over the holidays,” JR said. “I’ll be looking for options I think she’ll be successful once the Oaklawn Meet begins.”Stay tuned for updates about Bling It On Baby. And, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our Mojo Fans!