Mojo News and Notes

February 2007

Headlines:
  • Woody's Momma
  • TX Rags-to-Riches
  • Jockey Club Registrations
  • Woody's A Goodie
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Hollywood Princess Pics

February 17, 2007

With special thanks to photographer, Bob Coglianese, we now have our first look at Woody's Momma, Hollywood Princess!

I've posted her win photos, along with a couple of unique Fu Peg pics, on HP's Profile page.  As you will see, Hollywood Princess was a distance mudder.  She ran all of her races at the Big A finishing her racing career with a total record of 2 - 2 - 0 in 11 starts.  She earned a combined total of  $73,080 for owners Mary and Donald Zuckerman.



Texas-Bred Rags-to-Riches

February 11, 2007

Is it possible for a “low-roller” from Texas to win 120 times his purchase price?
 
Yes.  Dixie Meister, a $4,600 graduate of the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Texas Summer Yearling Sale, is racing proof.  Though the five-year-old Texas grad had a slow start, he has since earned back his weight in gold—and appears to be improving with every stride.
 
As a 2-year-old, he only won one of eight starts and placed twice in state-bred stakes company in 2004.  His form and race record was much-improved in 2005, which led to being crowned Texas Champion 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding.  In 2006, the hits just kept on coming with a win in the $250,000 Californian Stakes (G2); two seconds in the $435,600 New Orleans Handicap (G2) and $85,450 Santana Mile Handicap; and a third in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (G2). 
 
All totaled, Dixie Meister pulled in $287,210 in 2006—earning $601,210 lifetime.  That’s one hell of a return on Investment!
 
Dixie Meister’s next start is likely to be in the $1 Million (yes; six zeros) Goldolphin Mile (G2) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates on March 31.



Jockey Club Registrations

February 9, 2007

The Jockey Club’s Interactive RegistrationTM (IR), an Internet-based service launched in 1996 to simplify and streamline Thoroughbred registration, processed a record 112,420 transactions in 2006, up 7.7% from 2005, according to statistics released today by The Jockey Club.
 
In 2006, more than 6,500 name selections were rejected because they were identical to names already in use. Through Dec. 31, 2006, 658,064 transactions had been processed via IR since the service’s debut in 1996.
 
Our first Runner's official race name, Hollywood Pegasus', was accepted and registered on the first submission. 
 
Source: The Jockey Club  


Woody's A Goodie!

February 2, 2007

Hollywood Pegasus completed his initial training (a.k.a. "break") on January 26, 2007.  He’s been a very good student—in fact, he passed all of his tests with flying Mojo colors!

All Partners are extremely proud of the way our young Runner has developed thus far, and all else being equal, HP is definately “living up” to his pedigree’s potential.  He has a wonderful disposition:  Enjoys being around people (especially when his devout owners shower him with their undivided attention, and scratch underneath his forelock, down his neck, and on his withers!); not bothered by the vet or farrier procedures; took to his tack and rider like a fish to water; loves taking a ride in the horse trailer; has no problems working in or out of company; and showed steady progress over the course of his 90 days, Race Horse 101.

Every Friday in January, Woody was put to the test, and asked to breeze a couple of poles.  The purpose of the breeze is three-fold:  (1) To elevate the training process so that his mind and body can adapt to the rigors of racing conditions; (2)  To measure his training progress; and (3) To evaluate his racing ability/potential.  His first breeze was set at a sixteenth of a mile (or “one pole” in race track speak—the distance between the black stripped markers around the race track).  HP completed his first breeze “in company” (with other horses) on January 5 in 7.2 seconds.  Essentially, the breeze was over before he knew what he was being asked to do.  

On January 12, Woody breezed two poles (an eighth of a mile or one furlong) in company, doing so in 13.1 seconds (essentially knocking off .3 seconds from his first time).  This time around, he started figuring out that it’s “go time” when his rider asked him to do so.  The third Friday in January, he was called on to go three poles (a furlong and a half) in company, and he responded in 19 seconds flat—shaving off 2.6 seconds from the average time from his first week, and .8 seconds from his second week.

HP’s last breeze was on January 26.  Woody was asked to go three sixteenths alone.  He was called on to catch the lead runner—which he did half-way into the far turn, and as he flew down the homestretch, he clocked in at 18.3 seconds at the finish post (.7 seconds off of his Week Three time).   From there, Hollywood Pegasus will be turned out for some much-deserved/earned R&R to let his bones/muscles rejuvenate and become stronger.  The Partnership will most-likely leave him turned out for several months.  

During this time, the Mojo Man will be x-rayed to see if his bones and joints incurred any stress-related injuries during the training process—fortunately, HP has not shown any signs of injury, illness, or negative effects insofar as his soundness is concerned.  There are unfortunate instances, for whatever reason, in which yearlings just don’t make it to the training track.  Then there are young horses that don’t go any further than that.  Diamond D Ranch has a very good reputation for keeping all of the horses that are sent to them fit and sound, and personally, I think this a reflection of the care that they give to every horse and the careful attention they incorporate to all aspects of their facility.

Looking into the crystal ball, you can see that the potential of Hollywood Pegasus rests in his breeding to run longer distances.  Though it seems odd to own a Thoroughbred and not race it, keeping in mind the best interest of our colt’s well-being and potential talent, we do not want to rush him out to the track for the Spring/Summer meets.  A two-year-old’s body is still changing and growing, and we don’t want to add increased risk to the horse’s longevity by doing too much too soon.  As such, I don’t expect Woody will see much racing action in 2007; that said, if he stays sound, he should be nice-and-fresh to run a race in one of the fall meets, and in good shape as a three-year-old in 2008.