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Mojo Race Recap:
Propizio at Remington Park
On Thursday, December 17, Propizio (2YO Gelding by Point Given ouf of Auspice) made his debute at Remington Park in the 7th race.
The RP Meet was extended by three days following a winter storm that caused the track officials to cancel racing the week before - this was the first time RP has had to do this.
From the start, Propizio was never a threat. "After a clean break, he we to the back of the pack early and stayed there for the entire race," reports Fred Taylor (Mojo's CEM). "He made a little bit of a move coming around the turn; but, unfortunately, it wasn't anything to write home about." Propizio finished up the track in 10th (over 40 lengths behind the winner).Several excuses could be made for the lackluster performance (bad weather, missed training between the cancelled race and rescheduled date, and the number 12 post position); but, the fact of the matter is, he just wasn't getting it done on the track before and during this race.
Prior to the race, due to his lackadaisical demeanor, Mojo's Trainer (JR Caldwell) struggled with getting Propizio fit and race ready (as noted in Mojo's November News and Notes post). "We had high hopes for this horse; but, he wasn't making the progress we expect in our training program," Fred explains. "In fact, he turned out to be a different kind of challenge insofar as getting him prepared for his first race - I think he had the physical stature; but he just didn't show much interest in doing anything noteworthy once he was out there."
Propizio was claimed from the race. "Who's to say he won't have a change of heart in a year from now and then show an interest in racing; but that's for the new owners to consider now," Fred points out. "Yearlings and 2YOs give us lots of hope; but the Mojo operation is predicated on competitive action, and we need to see more promising race results early and often."
So, what's next for Mojo? "We bought a Yearling Colt from Keeneland in September that will resume training as a 2YO in January," Fred explains. "He's by Sky Mesa out of a stakes winning mare, and Sky Mesa 2YOs have been hot this year, so we hope to have the same good fortune with him next year. And, in February, Mojo will form a new group to acquire a race-ready runner for the upcoming Lone Star Park Spring/Summer Meet."
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