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Mojo's City Slicker Returns to Action
Heza City Slicker (photo by R. Keeney)
Mojo's three-year-old, Heza City Slicker (by City Zip out of Sheza Nasty Lady), ran in a five furlong race at Lone Star Park (LS) on Friday, April 22. This was City Slicker's 1st start in 2016, at the LS race meet, and of Mojo’s 10th Anniversary year.
“This was a test of Slick’s form,” said Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM. “He had four months of well-deserved time off over the winter (running in 8 races as a 2YO in 2015), and not a lot of training leading up to this race. So, he did about as good as we should expect for what we asked him to do up at this point of his 3YO campaign.”
Though it was a warm/sunny evening, the Dallas-Fort Worth area had received over 6 inches of rain during the 4 days prior to the race. As such, in an effort to spare the turf course for the rest of the meet, the racing office moved last night’s race to the fast, main, dirt track. Last year, City Slicker ran 8 times; but only 3 times on the grass. Of the 5 races he ran on the dirt, 2 were in sloppy conditions and 1 was at the end of the year facing a tougher field of dirt runners in top racing form when Slick needed a break.
“That’s just the frustrating part about owning turf horses—no matter how much work you put into the horse, you’re always at the mercy of Mother Nature,” Fred explains. “Even though I want our turf horses running on the grass, it probably wouldn’t have mattered much in this race.”
Mojo’s Trainer, JR Caldwell, said: "It was a good effort; but it's been a long time since his last race and he isn’t as fit as he needs to be."
Slicker didn’t have the cleanest starts—he bumped into the horse coming out of the 7 post. Going down the back stretch, he was running off the pace drafting in 4th. Around the turn, Slick was urged to make his move and he gained a little ground moving up to 3rd by the time they reached the top of the stretch. Heading for home, Slick’s lack of conditioning became a factor—he didn’t have enough “in the tank” to move forward and he finished 5th.
“The fractions for this race were respectable and in line with the times that Slick had been posting during his morning works,” Fred reports. “That said, race times are a lot different than training times, and this race proves how morning works can be deceiving—the physical ‘look’ is a lot different from a horse’s actual racing stamina.”
So, what's next for Heza City Slicker? Keep training, look for a good spot, hope the weather cooperates for our next out and we'll get another shot at a turf race.
“You haven’t seen the best of City Slicker,” Fred offers his assurances. “We have to think of this race as a live practice (like a scrimmage of a new season before conference play begins). It was an opportunity to test the horse’s race readiness in an actual race scenario and to see if adjustments need to be made. And, hopefully, the weather and the racing office will be in alignment for Slick’s next race.”
Stay tuned for upcoming racing info about Heza City Slicker, as well as more exciting news on our other Mojo Runners!
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