||The Preach Wins - Mojo
April 29, 2006
On Saturday, the cloudy morning skies made way for a perfect Spring afternoon to be at the races. Thanks to friendly connections between horsemen, several Mojo Racing Partners had the good fortune of cheering on Mike Pegram’s five-year old colt, Preachinatthebar, to victory in the Grade Three, Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.
Mike, and trainer Bob Baffert, were unable to be on hand as they were tending to obligations in California and Kentucky (respectively), so a few Mojo Friends answered the call and gratefully "stood in" for the connections to carry the torch from the paddock to the winner’s circle in traditional Pegram fashion. I mentioned before the race that the hard part was trying to settle my nerves. I mean, I didn’t have any more invested in this horse than the bet I placed on him; but I had butterflies in my stomach because I wanted this win for Mike, and to share the moment with our friends.
Preachinatthebar broke well from post position 10, and under steady handling by jockey John Court, the two were five wide going around Clubhouse Turn. From there, the Preach settled in with the field as they entered the backstretch.
"I was concerned with the outside post and, no disrespect to the other horses in the race, but it looked like a favorable strategy to follow the speed," Court said in his post race interview. "Just as he’s shown before, I wanted to give him some running room and when he showed up at the end of the race be the one who had a head in front."
Halfway through the race, the Preach and Court continued to stalk the front runners, while keeping well enough clear so dirt wasn’t being thrown in their faces. Into the far turn, the big gray (who happens to be a spitting image of his father, Silver Charm) moved between rivals, and under his own will, drew even with the leaders. In perfect form, Preachinatthebar took the lead at the top of the stretch and started to pull away before Stockholder and Texcess tried to catch him.
"I kind of let him make the judgment call on when to move. Actually, I thought it was a little premature at the three-eighths pole so I just tried to nurse him around the turn as quietly as I could. Once they had all collared me within about a half-length or three-quarters-of-a-length, I called on him just on the approach to the three-sixteenths. I knew he had a good eight-of-a-mile kick and he was enough to carry with that."
Preachinatthebar finished in 1:36.81, which paid $6.80, $3.80 and $3.00 as the 2-1 bettors' second choice. The win was the eighth in 23 lifetime starts for Preachinatthebar, and it earned Mike Pegram $165,000 (increasing the colt’s total earnings to $638,240). This is the second Texas Mile win for Pegram. He also took the inaugural running in 1997 when Isitingood upset champion Skip Away.
To me, thoroughbred racing is the greatest, most-exciting sport; and being there with our friends and associates to share in this experience is what our Mojo Partnership is all about. This was a wonderful, chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity, and its good to know that Mike is the kind of person and steward of the industry that generously welcomes this kind of participation from time-to-time.
Congratulations, Mike and Bob! John, here's to you, and thanks again!
Mojo $ Time
April 6, 2006
A wise lady once said, “I need to git me some money, and I been playin’ the numbers, so I can git some. I always go to him and I pay him a dime for him to give me a number. But he won’t give me one for shit. “ Or was it, “Two bees in a bucket…” Nevertheless, the time has come to call your banker, summon the good, and turn in your Mojo Subscription Documents!
The entire Subscription Agreement along with a certified check should be mailed to:
Mojo Racing Partners
7771 Park Downs Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76137
Kind thanks to those Partners who have submitted their Investments and signed paperwork. As soon as we have all hands on deck, and our sea chest full of booty, we’ll call our first meeting set our course insofar as the Partnership’s activities for upcoming year. I’m looking forward to having you join our quest to achieve thoroughbred racing immortality—or at least have a lot of fun trying!
I understand (and fully appreciate) that some of you are waiting for the tax man to deliver your golden ticket, please keep in mind that our May 1 deadline is quickly approaching (it’s only three weeks away!). In the meantime, lots of behind the scenes Mojo magic has been brewing.
April 6, 2006
As some of you know already, our silks have been sewn and, as promised, I’m ready to unfurl our colors. Though the goods are in hand (as you can see from the pic below), it just so happens that I’m on the lookout for a new silks expert. Evidently, our Mojo was too much to bear for the conscience of our pious seamstress, as she has respectfully withdrawn her future services to us and asked not to be associated with our Partnership.
No matter how we look at it, the literal sense of our namesake has conjured up an interpretation that we would try to influence others to our own advantage by casting spells or working with spirits. Despite the negative connotation about all that voodoo stuff, I like to believe our Mojo hands carry forth positive supernatural powers, such as protecting us from evil or crossed conditions, drawing love, and bringing good luck or success in gambling and other money matters. The exposure of uninformed audiences to the word "mojo" has led to the unfortunate misunderstanding of its true reference in common blues and reggae music, as well as one’s good fortune, sexual prowess, charm, and charisma.