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Mojo Race Recap: Heza City Slicker's Debut Lone Star Park!
Mojo's two-year-old Colt, Heza City Slicker (by City Zip out of Sheza Nasty Lady), made his debut in a 4.5-Furlong Maiden Special race at Lone Star Park (LS) on Saturday, May 16. This was Slick's first start of his young racing career.
“Even though the finish result (7th) wasn't the greatest, there were a lot of good things that happened in this race for Slick to build on going forward,” said Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM. “He was calm and collected in the saddling paddock and the starting gate; he gathered himself nicely and quickly got back into the race after stumbling at the start; he had an untrammeled run around the track; and he came back to the rail unwinded and in good shape. So, overall, it was a good first race experience for our horse."
When the gates opened, City Slicker stumbled and was behind the front runners for the backstretch run. Slick quickly got back into stride, found a comfortable spot along the rail, and sat off the pace headed into the far turn. Around the turn and at the top of the stretch, City Slicker held his ground; but didn't move forward when called on to run. Into the stretch, Slick idled while the other horses kicked on.
After the race, the jockey Iram Diego said: “The horse has been ‘push button’ in the mornings—he goes when I ask him. Today, he didn’t do that. He stumbled out of the gate; but got back in the race quickly. We were in a good spot going around the turn. But, in the stretch, he didn’t accelerate for some reason—which is something I wasn’t expecting.”
Commenting on race preparation for a first-time starter, Mojo's Trainer, JR Caldwell, said: “With these babies, you just hope they come out of the gate well and go forward! For their first race, I train them to behave themselves, load, and run. I want them to have a positive first experience and come back safe. It’s like sending kids to school for the first time—you teach them manners, get ‘em dressed, put ‘em on the bus, and hope they come back home safe and sound for another day. We want them to win; but that’ll happen as they get older and learn how to do it.”
"At this stage, you really don’t know what an unraced two-year-old is going to do once the gates open," Fred explains. "They look good and their works are nice, but they don't know what they're doing out there. So, the order of finish isn't the top priority - the horse’s experience is more important to the future racing effort than the actual result of the first race. JR’s training Slick to have a long/prosperous racing career, and not be one and done."
What’s next for Heza City Slicker? “Focus on the positives, let JR keep training in steady increments, and try again when the same conditions are offered in several weeks. The horse is well bred, he has talent, and he'll start to figure it out. It may take him a couple of races to get there; but once he puts two-and-two together, he'll be a trusty racehorse."
So, stay tuned for upcoming racing info about Heza City Slicker, as well as more exciting news on our other horses in