June 30, 2007
With all of the rain in the Metroplex this week (really the entire month), our Gal’s training schedule was pushed back a couple of days. Although she’s not setting the track on fire during her timed workouts (see table below), Courtney is showing improvement every time she breezes.
June 7 4 furlongs :51.2
June 14 5 furlongs (from the gate) 1:04.1
June 22 5 furlongs (from the gate) 1:03.2
June 30 5 furlongs 1:02.6
Though she was sent from the gate during her second and third breezes, today she ran by herself from the five-eighths pole. She worked five furlongs in 1:02.60, and you can see her coming down stretch by watching her breeze on Courtney's Page.
The interesting thing about this Filly is that she has the sweetest disposition in the barn; but on the track, she’s pretty stubborn. She got rank both times when loaded into the gate, and this morning she showed a little attitude (by swishing her tail and holding back) when the rider called on her to do more. The good news is, she's sound and in fine shape. So, we're going to continue to take our time with her, and hope that she'll learn to behave herself when called on to run.
If all goes well, Courtney will enter her first race sometime in July.
Second Annual Mojo Mixer!
June 9, 2007
Mojo Racing Partners kicked off
our Second Annual Mojo Mixer at
Not ones to miss any opportunity to have fun, we took advantage of the Anderson's much-appreciated offer for an exciting afternoon of racing on Belmont Stakes Day. In addition to enjoying each other's great company, we cashed lots of tickets and most assuredly put a dent in the spirits behind the bar!
After the last runner crossed the wire, several Partners swung by the backside to give Courtney our Mojo Greetings and a little TLC too. Capturing the Mojo Moment, several pics of the festivities have been posted below for you to enjoy.
Courtney's First Breeze at Lone Star Park
June 7, 2007
In her first “official” time
out, Courtney worked four furlongs in a nice-and-easy :51.2
Ramsey Zimmerman (who
leads the standings for all riders at the current Lone Star Meet) took
our Gal around the track and had this to say when he returned to the
broke a bit slow; but she kept her mind on her business and I had a lot
horse left when I crossed the wire.”
Most importantly, she came back to the barn relaxed, injury free, and eating well. This is her first time to breeze over this track while in training with company, and she still needs to figure out the routine. Right now, she's exactly where we want her to be. Though her time was a bit “casual,” we have to keep in mind that she was bred for distance and the speed will come with more conditioning and experience.
Courtney gallops every day and breezes once a week. She should have three or four good official works in before making her debut. Until then, enjoy the pics (below) of her first time out, and you can watch video clips by clicking on Courtney’s Page.
Courtney Arrives at Lone Star Park
June 2, 2007
Courtney arrived at Below are several pics taken during our visit to the Lone Star backside this
Below are several pics taken during our visit to the Lone Star backside this
The latest video of of our Filly in her stall has been posted. Click Courtney's Page to watch the clips.
Bret seems to think that our Filly will need a few weeks to improve her stamina via track conditioning. If all goes well, it’s likely that Courtney will race sometime toward the end of June. She'll be entered in a maiden race, and not placed in a "claimer."
On an interesting note: Just as we did for Woody, Vanessa ordered a figurine of St. Francis (The Patron Saint of Animals) for Courtney’s stall at Lone Star Park. When the package arrived, it contained the figurine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (the apparition that appears upon the delivery of a bouquet of roses as proof that there is relief from illness and misfortunes). This would seem to be a positive sign, and as such, this figurine was welcomed and another of St. Francis was ordered.
The Second Mojo Mixer Preview
June 1, 2007
The plans are set for our
second Mojo Mixer to be held on Saturday, June 9, at
Of course, we’ll take lots of photos and video that I’ll post on the Mojo Site for those who are unable to attend.