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Mojo's Racing Slump
A pair of Mojo 3-year-olds raced this weekend, and both struggled when coming off the turn going into the stretch.
Bling It On Baby (3YO Filly by Pomeroy, out of Majestic Glitter) ran on Friday afternoon, May 22, at Churchill Downs in a 6.5 Furlong, $50,000 Claiming race; and Luckbyjimminy (3YO Gelding by Yesbyjimminy, out of Lucky Wish) ran on Saturday night, May 23, at Lone Star Park in a 5 Furlong, $12,000 Claiming race.
“They just aren’t firing right now,” Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM said. “Both horses are fit, sound, healthy, and happy; but they haven’t been running the way we want.”
In Bling It On Baby’s first 3 races, she finished first, second, and second. And, she is stakes placed. However, in her last race of 2014, she struggled over a muddy track, and since then hasn’t finished the way she demonstrated in her first races. This winter, she ran at Oaklawn Park, and most of her races were over tracks that were muddy.
“Mother Nature has dogged us in 2015,” Fred says. “However, the race conditions on Friday at Churchill Downs were picture perfect—sunny, temps in the 70s, and a fast/dry track—so, there really aren’t any excuses in that regard. Unfortunately, she ran like she was stuck in the mud.”
Mojo’s other horse in the pair, Luckybyjimminy, had an early set back in his racing career—he chipped his knee while in training as a 2YO and sat out for 6 months to recover after having the chip surgically removed. His first race (as a 3YO) was in March (this year), and he’s now raced three times finishing no better than fifth.
“Lucky hasn’t been very lucky,” Fred continues. “I may need to switch his nick name. The poor guy has had little setbacks from the start of his racing career. The biggest issue for him recently has been the off tracks. Two of the three races that we’ve entered have been a total mess—heavy rain and sloppy. He did better when he ran over a dry track two races back. Unfortunately, it has rained in Texas all spring—we’ve had more rainy race days than we’ve had sunny ones. So, these conditions have been a challenge insofar as our efforts to get any momentum going with Lucky and our other horses.”
In speaking with Mojo’s Trainer, JR Caldwell, he puts it in perspective this way: “We just have to keep preparing the horses to race at the right level, make the appropriate adjustments, enter them where we think they will be successful, and hope the weather cooperates in the future.”
“We’re in a racing slump right now,” Fred explains. “The way Bling and Lucky ran this weekend is kind of the way things have been going lately. But, I know the momentum will swing back in our favor. There are a lot of uncontrollable variables that factor into what we’re trying to achieve, and things don’t always go according to plan. That being said, there are also certainties in this sport: Those who are confident and can figure out ways to turn their luck around will be rewarded for their efforts.”
Stay tuned to see what the Mojo Team does to get their Runners back on track and moving in the right direction!