Mojo News and Notes

August 2007

  • New  Trainer
  • Onward and Upward
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Mojo's New Trainer

August 12, 2007

With the change of scenery, comes a change on our Training Team.

It is with a great pride and pleasure that I have the good fortune to introduce John Good as Mojo Racing Partners new Trainer.  John will lead Mojo Racing Partners Kentucky campaign this Fall, and we have high hopes in his ability to find the right spots for our Runners.

Before setting out on his own two years ago, John was an assistant trainer for Bob Baffert for eight years, and he ran Bob’s Kentucky operation for four years.  Prior to that he worked for Neil Drysdale and the legendary Dermot Weld.

Though he calls Louisville, Kentucky his home; John was born and raised in Kildare, Ireland—the horse capital of Ireland and where The Curragh Racecourse is located.  He is based at Churchill Downs; but plans to relocate to the more pastoral setting of High Pointe Farm and Training Center in LaGrange, Kentucky.

When speaking about his training practices, John believes in treating each horse as an individual.  “You have to train them separately,” John explains.  “I go over every horse under my care, and I train them based on their potential.  I give each horse personal attention.”   When asked about medications and the track vet, John said that he learned from Baffert that you use medications as a last resort.  In fact, if they can’t get the job done under their own power, then they’re probably not going to get the job done at all.  “I’m very ‘old school’ in my practices,” John elaborated, “and I prefer treating minor issues with ice, hot water, salts, and topical solutions.  I will use natural supplements to promote good joint health.”

Mojo Racing Partners is very fortunate to have received several “glowing” recommendations for John’s services, and we are looking forward to a fun-filled Fall racing season with him in Kentucky!

Onward and Upward

August 5, 2007

Despite our best intentions, we got “shut out” of the Spring/Summer Meet at Lone Star Park.  The Mojo just wasn’t right.  Since I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason, there will be better opportunities for our Runners in the days ahead.

Woody continues to work well at Diamond D Ranch, and he's set for gate training next week.  You can check out video clips of his recent breezes and gate training by clicking HP’s Profile.  Courtney will be returning to Diamond D; she’s in very good spirits; and she’ll continue to gallop daily and breeze at the Ranch once a week to stay fit for her next adventure.

The gameplan is to send both Runners to Kentucky in September to prepare for the Fall Meets up there.  Both Woody and Courtney are KDTF registered, and I’m confident we will find the right spots to break their maidens in the Bluegrass State this Fall.