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Mojo Race Recap: Bling
It On Baby's Stakes Placed!
Mojo's speedy two-year-old, Bling It On Baby (by Pomeroy out of Majestic Glitter), made her second start in the 6.5 furlong E.L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes at Remington Park on Friday, October 24.
“Above all, we were hoping Bling would come out of the gate cleanly and not have a troubled trip so she would have the opportunity to demonstrate her God-given abilities,” said Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM. “Even though Bling had an impressive debut and she had been working well since her first race, we didn’t know what to expect. Like Bling, many of the other runners had only raced once or twice prior. And, since she was in post position one, we also knew anything could happen if she got pinned on the rail.”
From the start, all seven runners were away cleanly. Bling It On Baby was a step slower out of the gate and she spotted the field a two-length head start; but Jockey Jareth Loveberry was able to hustle Bling up to the lead by the opening quarter mile (in :22.6). Early on, Bling was challenged by Beau’s Angel with Seriously Silver stalking the pace. Loveberry kept a tight hold on Bling along the rail going down the backstretch, while Beau’s Angel continued to apply pressure with Seriously Silver biding her time on the outside (the half in :45.4). The three horses held their position around the turn with Bling on the inside, Beau’s Angle pressing the pace, and Seriously Silver waiting to make her move. At the top to the stretch, Bling wasn’t able to shake loose from Beau’s Angel, and the two fillies engaged in a stride-for-stride battle in the final furlong with Seriously Silver closing in down the center of the track. With a 16th of a mile to go, Bling dug in and regained the advantage over Beau’s Angel; but Serious Silver was there to vie for the lead. At the wire, Seriously Silver was able to get up for a half-length win; Bling It On Baby came in second by a neck; and Beau’s Angel held on for third. (The final time in 1:17.1.)
“Thankfully, our wishes were granted and Bling got the clean trip we were hoping for,” Fred expounds. “She ran exceptionally well for her second race, and in stakes competition nonetheless. This time out, she had to do a lot more than in her debut; but I think she gained some valuable experience in this race, and she’ll be a better runner going forward as a result.”
“Being able to run in a stakes race is an honor, and to be stakes placed is wonderful achievement,” Fred added. “Seriously Silver ran a smart race, and Beau’s Angel put us to the test all the way around. It turned out to be an exciting stretch run—this is what racing is all about!”
Why did you decide to enter a stakes race for Bling It On Baby’s second time out? “Her morning works since her first race showed me she had the ability,” says Mojo Trainer, JR Caldwell. “Plus, there wasn’t an opportunity to get in another race before the stakes came up. So, we decided to take a shot. The only thing we didn’t know is how she would handle the competition. I think she did really good last night—it was a very professional effort on her part.”
did Bling come out of the race? “Great,”
JR reports. “She’s in a good mood,
and there weren’t any physical issues this
We'll be looking forward to Bling’s next race. Stay tuned for updates about Bling It On Baby, as well as other exciting Mojo news to come!