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Mojo Race Recap: Butte Finishes 3rd at Lone Star Park
Mojo's three-year-old Colt, Cool Hand Butte (by Sky Mesa out of Sheza Nasty Lady), returned to the turf in a One Mile Maiden Special race at Lone Star Park (LS) on Sunday, May 3. This was Butte's first race on the grass since last fall, and he delivered an encouraging performance. [In April, Mojo tried to enter Butte in two turf races, and both were cancelled due to severe weather.]
“I'm thrilled to see Butte running again over the turf,” said Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM. “When Butte returned to racing in March, I thought he would need several races on the grass to get back into top form (after being out of racing for over a half of a year). So, I was concerned that the recent rainouts would disrupt his readiness rhythm and put us a month behind in our racing schedule."
Starting from Post Position #11, Cool Hand Butte came out of the gate alertly
up toward the front of the pack as the horses passed the stands for the
time. His rider kept Butte clear on the outside going around the
clubhouse turn, and then the two settled nicely (outside of traffic)
off the pace down
the backstretch. As the horses went into the far turn, the pace
quicken, Butte dug in, and he made his move on the outside to catch the
runners. At the top of the stretch, Butte drew even and the three
were vying for the lead. Down the stretch, the
winner (who has 5 starts in 2015) drew off. This left Butte and
that would eventually come in second to duel it out. Butte fought
until the other horse (with one more race under his belt this year)
with a 16th to go. Butte kept on digging past the wire to finish third. He
galloped out strong and was relaxed upon returning to have his tack removed.
"This was Butte’s first real race in the ideal conditions (preferred surface and distance) since his injury last fall," Fred explains. "He does his best running on the turf, and I think Butte handled himself, the conditions, and the other runners professionally. It won't be long before he's in top racing condition again.”
"He (Butte) is in better shape than he was during his first race of the year (in March in the slop at Sam Houston), and he came up just a bit short today. He came back (to the barn) in good shape. So, all in all, he ran great given the fact it’s been so long between races and he missed a work (because the racing schedule has been disrupted by the weather).”
"We haven't seen the best of Butte," Fred continues. "The way he ran this afternoon, he demonstrated he’s going to be a contender once he reaches his top racing form."
So, stay tuned for upcoming racing info about Cool Hand Butte, as well as more exciting news on our other Mojo Runners!