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Mojo Race Recap: First
Start for Noshameatall
Entered in Race 1 at Lone Star Park, Noshameatall (by Notional out of Misty Weave) was facing eight other runners (there was one scratch from the original field): five were unraced prior to and three had a previous start.
“This race features different conditions than you've seen us run in lately—Maiden Special,” Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM, reported before the race. All race horses begin as “maidens”—meaning, they’ve never won a race. What makes the race “special” is that it’s set for a specific set of conditions based on age, weight (carried), competitive ability, gender, distance, surface, and type of purse.
When a horse runs in its first race, there are a lot of “unknowns”. Once the gates open, the hope is for a clean trip, a competitive effort, and that the horse/rider are in good shape when they return.
“The first few starts are like building blocks,” Fred explains. “They're used to do several things: introduce the horse to racing and give the trainer an opportunity to evaluate the horse’s current ability. The challenge, for owners of young horses, is not expecting too much, too soon.”
The race unfolded as most handicappers expected with the top three finishers being the horses that had racing experience. From the start, four horses grabbed the early lead and never gave it up. Even though Noshameatall finished fifth, Mojo has a lot to look forward to with this runner.
was a half step slower coming out
of the gate, he encountered some traffic going around
the far turn, and had to deal with lots of kickback,” Fred
explains. “What’s encouraging
is, he didn’t quit—he actually
dug in down the stretch and started closing quickly on the front
runners with a
16th to go to the wire.”
While on his way back to the Jock’s room, Alfredo Contreras was asked for his thoughts about Noshameatall’s first race: “He handled it really well. We could’ve finished second or third; but, at the quarter pole, he got off stride a little bit when he came up on the other horses in front of him. He rallied in the stretch, and started coming back at the end.”
What’s next for Noshameatall? “Lots of slow, intentional baby steps for the remainder of this year,” Fred says. “We, first, have to see how he comes out of the race both physically and mentally. So, over the next few days, JR and his Team will be keeping a close eye on him. If all’s good, then JR will look at the racing calendar and decide what’s the right thing to do going forward. As two-year-olds, they're still growning. Their bodies are changing, and they need time to adapt. JR takes a different approach with the younger horses, and we support that.”
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