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Left Coast Dreams Gets Up for 3rd at Prairie Meadows
Mojo's two-year-old, Left Coast Dreams (by Haynesfield out of LA Dreamin), ran in a five and a half furlong race at Prairie Meadows (PRM) on Friday, July 22. This was Lefty's fourth start in his racing career.
“We wanted to see if he would bounce back from his previous race and if he would be mentally ready to compete this time out,” said Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM. “He demonstrated he is a competitive runner, and when he’s rested and feels good about himself, he’ll be productive on the race track.”
From the start, Left Coast Dreams was running from the #8 post—not the ideal spot for him in a short sprint. Lefty came out of the gate clean; but wasn’t fast enough to get up with the horses on the lead. By the opening ¼, he settled into a rhythm and started making up ground. Before the turn, the #4 horse swung out and forced Left Coast Dreams to stay toward the center of the track. Going into the far turn, Lefty was 4-wide and in 6th.
Around the turn, Left Coast Dreams picked up the pace, moved over into the 2 path, continued making up ground, passed two horses, and was in 4th at the top of the stretch (with the three front runners four lengths ahead). At the 8-pole, when the rider encouraged him, Left Coast Dreams dug in and opened his stride. By the 16-pole, he kept digging and was in a full out run gobbling up ground. While two of the horses on the lead drew off, Left Coast Dreams caught one of the three front runners and got up for 3rd at the wire. He galloped out well after crossing the wire.
“In the stretch, our horse was matching strides with the horse that drew off and won the race. The only difference being, the winner (a nice filly) was six lengths ahead of Left Coast Dreams when they dug in—so, there wasn’t a way Lefty could make up ground on the 1st and 2nd place horses at that point,” Fred explains.
Mojo’s Trainer, JR Caldwell, said: "He definitely ran a much better race tonight. He’s been training well since his last out; seems to want to cover more ground; and I think a two-turn race will fit him nicely in the future.”
Left Coast Dreams is bred
to run a longer distance, and he looks like he’s developing the type of running
style that matches his pedigree. Lefty should be fun to watch as the
races for 2YOs get longer throughout the year and as he gets older.
So, stay tuned for upcoming racing info about Left Coast Dreams, as well as more exciting news on our other Mojo Runners!
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