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Mojo Race Recap: Butte Finishes 4th at Lone Star Park
Mojo's three-year-old Colt, Cool Hand Butte (by Sky Mesa out of Sheza Nasty Lady), ran in a One Mile turf race at Lone Star Park (LS) on Saturday, June 20. This was only Butte's 2nd start of the meet after having multiple races cancelled or scratched due to bad weather.
“Given the amount of time between races and entries (a month and a half since his last start and three weeks since he was last entered), I think the big guy did well,” said Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM.
Butte came away from the gate in good order; but had to go 4 wide around the Clubhouse turn. Down the backstretch, Jockey Iram Diego was sitting chilly in a pack of four horses while another runner was loose on the lead. Going into the far turn, the pace began to quicken, the pack overtook the front runner, and Butte was in a good position to strike down the center of the track. When the Diego called on him at the top of the stretch, Butte moved up to 3rd but then flattened out at the 16-pole, which allowed the eventual winner to move in and another closer to get up on Butte by a neck a jump before the wire. It was a five-horse cavalry charge to the wire, and Butte finished 4th. Only 2.5 lengths separated the top four finishers.
Trainer, JR Caldwell said: "It was a good effort; but it's been a long
time since his last race and that is a factor."
"I hate to keep harping on it; but Mother Nature has been really disruptive to Butte's racing schedule all year," Fred explains. "Race readiness is about timing. Trainers prepare their horses to reach peak performance on race day, and when that race day gets pushed out (because of bad weather), it’s hard to maintain the same high level of sharpness—especially, over three weeks. A horse’s readiness is sort of like fruit ripening. And, for Butte to be multiple weeks past his peak readiness and still be in the mix for a chance to win at the finish, I think that's a good sign about the horse’s talent. There's better racing ahead for this guy."
So,what's next for Cool Hand Butte? We're hoping the weather will cooperate and we'll get another turf race in before the meet ends at Lone Star Park on July 19.
Stay tuned for upcoming racing info about Cool Hand Butte, as well as more exciting news on our other Mojo Runners!