December 17, 2006
I can't believe that Christmas is just one week away--it seems like yesterday that several Mojo Partners were celebrating Preachinatthebar's win in the Texas Mile at Lone Star Park. You can be sure that the Mojo stockings are hanging across the mantle at the World Wide Mojo Headquarters in hopes that St. Nick will fill them with lots of good racing fortune for all Partners in the New Year.
Thanks to your heartfelt generosity and genuine interests in helping support the well-being of the retired racehorses and disabled jockeys who have made our sport so much fun, I have sent a check on behalf of Mojo Racing Partners to Old Friends, and another check (in the same amount) to the NTRA Charities Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Though our contributions are, perhaps, a drop in their respective bucket of expenses; our relative participation is fitting to our civic-minded mission of giving the people (in this case, the needy) what they want this Holiday Season. Bless you for sharing a little Mojo Goodwill to such worthy causes.
HP New Year
On New Year's Day, Hollywood Pegasus becomes a two-year old. Though his "official" birthday isn't until March 16, all Thoroughbreds turn a year older on January 1st for racing purposes. Comparatively speaking, the first horse year = 12 human years; the second horse year = 7 more human years; the next three years = 4 years each; and all subsequent years = 2.5 years each (Equus Magazine, Issue 347, August 2006). Thus, Woody will be the equivalent of a 19 year-old athlete next year.
Not only does the Mojo Man get a year older in January; but his schooling gets more advanced as well. Next month, Diamond D will start "breezing" our Runner every Friday -which means they will introduce Woody to incremental sprints to test his form and racing potential. At the end of January, HP's initial schooling will end; he will be x-rayed to make sure he's sound; and he'll be turned out until it's time to go to the track.
Right now, it's too early to start talking about when our Colt will start racing because January is going to be a big test for him, and I want to see what he's made of before I start looking at the condition books. In the meantime, you can be sure that visions of Woody crossing the finish line ahead of the pack at Lone Star Park will be streaming through my head like a race replay as I snooze by the fire.
December 9, 2006
Our Runner is now up to two trips galloping around the track; and with the jog to/from the barn, that gives him a daily workout distance of about 3.5 miles. Of course, he's doing exactly what's expected of him, and he continues to eat very well.
I'm often asked by my family members and co-workers if HP does anything peculiar when I visit him. Well, this time out was the first time that I saw him roll around in his stall. After his workout, bath, and cooldown, he gets fed hay and oats. His mind, of course, is on his feed at that time; but after he finished, he flopped down in the middle of his stall; rolled around on his back; hopped up to shake the dust off; and gave a big snort like he was totally satisfied with his work that day. A very pleasing site for sure.
One other funny note: For those who have been to Diamond D, you'll probably remember that there are water fountains in the shed rows of the barns. When I went back to see HP after his workout, I opened the barn door and there was John's (Diamond D's Assistant Manager) horse drinking from the water fountain. It's one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Later that morning, one of the maintenance guys got a drink from the same fountain, and he asked John if he thought the water tasted funny. To which John replied, "I don't know; but my horse seems to like it." The look on the maintenance man's face was priceless.
December 3, 2006
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And I wish you and your family good tidings as we get prepared for the upcoming Christmas Holiday.
The unanimous support by our Partners to donate to both the Old Friends Equine and the Disabled Jockeys Fund is very heart warming, and speaks volumes about your interests to do the right thing for the individuals (horses and humans) that lay it all on the line for our racing enjoyment. I’ll send a Mojo check to both charities on behalf of Mojo Racing Partners on December 15.
Congratulations to Mojo Partner and Trainer Bret Calhoun!
Bret trains Sweet Idea—she smoked the field (winning by seven lengths) in the $75,000 Martanza Stakes for 3YO fillies and mares at Sam Houston on December 2. In the following race, Private Fight—also trained by Bret—placed in the $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes for 3YOs and Up. Earlier on the same card, Bret trains two runners that finished third and fourth respectively in the $50,000 Bara Lass Stakes for 2YO fillies.