Mojo News and Notes

November 2007

  • Race Results
  • Postcards from the Bluegrass State
  • Race Time!
  • HP and Brigid Updates
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Mojo Runner Race Results
Not In My Court Finishes Fourth in Debut!

November 15, 2007

It was quite blustery at race time—there were even snow flurries falling while we were standing in the paddock before the call to the post. 

Photo by Gary Kidd Photo by Fred Taylor
Photo by Fred Taylor Photo by Fred Taylor

Our Filly ran a game race:  In typical fashion, Courtney was reluctant to load; but once in, she broke well.  Halfway down the backstretch, she was sittin' chilly on the rail in third.  The front runners put up a wicked pace that was no match for our gal.  Into the far turn, Court started drifting back; but here's where it gets interesting.  At the 1/4 pole, the Lil' Deb rallied, and into the stretch, she made her move.  At the 3/16 pole, she got bumped while darting toward the center of the track.  And, unexpectedly, Courtney dug in and came running.  By the time she hit the 1/16 pole, she started passing horses.  Though unable to catch the top three, at the wire, our Gal did finish fourth (and in the money).  Her late kick and determination were things you don't see when the horses are in training, and it's really amazing to see it come out during a race.

Courtney showed something never seen before—heart.  When challenged, she didn't quit and walked away from the race in good shape.  The not-so-good news is that Not In My Court is no longer part of the Mojo Racing Partners stable because she was claimed by Hal Wiggins—a hay, oats, and water Trainer that I’m confident will take good care of Courtney and keep her moving in the right direction. 

I am very proud of what our Partnership accomplished with this Filly, and it feels really good to know that we gave Courtney a lot of TLC; surrounded her with some of the best services available; and put her in a position to have a Hell of a chance to be a competitive Runner.

Race Replay (you have to have realPlayer to watch the video)

Postcards from the Bluegrass State

Postcard from My Old Kentucky Home
November 15 -
7:50 a.m. CT

Good morning, race day is finally here!

It's a crisp, cool, breezy morning in the
Bluegrass State.  The forecast is calling for overcast skies and temps in the upper 40's at post time with a brisk wind.  Not the best weather for Owners, but perfect conditions for horses.

Here's what the Courier Journal has to say about our Filly:  "Not In My Court has trained well enough to contend at this level in her debut, and trainer John Good is 24 percent with first timers."

This morning, I'll start my day at St. Brigid parish (gotta get right with the race gods) and then breakfast at
Lynn's before the Mojo Entourage heads out to the track.

Sounds like we're going to have a nice group at
Lone Star Park to cheer on Courtney as well.  This is a great day for our Partnership—here's to good Mojo for us all this afternoon!

Postcard from HighPointe Farm and Training Center
November 14 -
3:05 p.m. CT

Relaxing.  The perfect word that describes the farm and our Runners.

Courtney has the look that basically says 
worries—she's ready to go!  Of course, we gave her words of encouragement, hugs, and a lot of Mojo kisses from everyone back home.

And The Man—he was happy to see us.  In typical fashion, he backed his big rearend up for a few scratches.  His stature is impressive.

Both horses are in fantastic shape; look healthy and very strong; and will be a force to deal with when they hit the track!

All's well in the
Bluegrass State, and the table is set for a big day tomorrow.

Postcard from the Third Floor Clubhouse at Churchill Downs
November 14 -
1:31 p.m. CT

Flipping to the race review section of the program for tomorrow's race, here's what Churchill Downs track handicapper, Jill Byrne, has to say about Race #3:

"NOT IN MY COURT (6) is a debut runner for a stable with a good record in this situation.  She gets Mena in the irons and her quick and steady works suggest that she will come out running at first.  SHANSEL (12) has been close to the pace in both starts, but has failed to sustain her effort.  She adds Lasix and cannot be overlooked from the hot Asmussen barn....  Jill's selections:

Postcard from the Churchill Backside
November 14 -
11:36 a.m. CT

I just left the Racing Office at Churchill Downs.  The walls are covered w/ framed black-and-white photos of past Champions—one of which is Courtney's Grand Daddy, Seattle Slew, working out on the Churchill backside.  It was an amazing site to be surrounded by such nostalgic racing history.  And, to see the legendary heritage of our Gal, well, it stopped me in my tracks and took my breath away for just a minute.

I'll be going out to HighPointe to see our Runners this later this afternoon.  I spoke with our Trainer this morning, and Courtney is doing just fine—nice and relaxed.  John said she's fit and feeling very confident.

It's warm and overcast here today; but a cold front is supposed to move in 
tonight—which should give our Lil' Deb an extra boost of energy.

Stay tuned!  There's more good Mojo to come.

It's Race Time!

November 11, 2007

Mojo Filly, Not In My Court, has been officially entered in Race #3 at Churchill Downs on Thursday, November 15, 2007!  Post Time is 1:37 p.m. ET

Courtney's First Race

Courtney's First Race

Courtney will be ridden by local rider Miguel Mena.  Miguel was the leading rider of the 2007 Summer Meet at Ellis Park (Henderson, KY).  On August 4, Ellis Park was the host track for the 2007 Claiming Crown Stakes (it's like the Breeders' Cup of claiming races), and Miguel finished first, second, second, third, third, first, and first in all seven races on the card.

Our Trainer reports that Courtney is working very good—in her last breeze (Saturday, November 10), she worked five furlongs in 1:02.4.  John said, “Everything is fine; she’s getting fit; she knows her job; and she should be competitive her first time out.”

HP and Sister Brigid

November 11, 2007

Hollywood Pegasus

Woody will be getting back to training the second week in November.  Because of Woodrow’s time off (we had him gelded because he was starting to get too big for his own good), he’ll likely run at Turfway Park in December for his first time out.

Saint Brigid

On Thursday, November 1, our Patron Saint was introduced to the saddle for the very first time.  I’m happy to report that she was very receptive; carried a wonderful disposition throughout; and is very classy in her demeanor.

Photo by Fred Taylor Photo by Fred Taylor
Photo by Fred Taylor Photo by Fred Taylor

You can watch a few videos of the saddle introduction by visiting Saint Brigid's Profile page.

For those who are interested in becoming a Mojo Racing Partner, we encourage you to review our Current Offering page.  We look forward to helping you get your Mojo Workin’!