Mojo News and Notes

May 2006

  • Friday Night at LS
  • Wanna Runner Wins
  • Derby/Oaks 132
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Mojo Partners Enjoy Friday Night at the Races

May 27, 2006

A few Mojo Partners were invited by our friends from Valor Farm to attend an evening of racing action at Lone Star Park.

Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. raced Shesabigcat in the 9th. Mutual associates of Valor Farm and owners Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch ran Devils Warrior and Be A Resident in the 4th and 6th races respectively. All three were victorious in their efforts, and below are a few pics that capture each moment:

Photo by Carol NicholsDesert Warrior:  He’s a two year-old colt by Lost Soldier out of Breaking Taboos. This was Devils Warrior's first race, and he completed five furlongs in 58.45. The colt was purchased in August 2005 at the Fasig-Tipton Yearling Sale at Lone Star Park.

Photo by Carol NicholsBe A Resident:  He’s a two year-old colt by Open Forum out of Western Lil. This was Be a Resident's first race, and he completed five furlongs in 58.40. The colt was purchased in August 2005 at the Fasig-Tipton Yearling Sale at Lone Star Park.

Photo by Carol NicholsShesabigcat:  She’s a three year-old filly by Magic Cat out of Pleasuretohave by Alysheba. This is Shesabigcat’s first win of the year following back-to-back seconds, and she completed a mile in 1:40.19.

Congratulations to the winning connections, and thanks for letting a few Mojo stragglers come along for the ride!

Mojo Celebrates Wanna Runner's Win

May 14, 2006

Photo by Lone Star ParkThis place has always been good to me since the day it opened," Mike Pegram told reporters and fans alike at Lone Star Park. Indeed it has. For the second time in two weeks, Pegram ships his horses to Texas, and for the second time, his colts run away with the purse money—this time with Wanna Runner in the Grade Three Lone Star Derby. As reported in our April 30 “News and Notes,” Mike’s Preachinatthebar also won this year’s Texas Mile, and his plans are to return the Preach to Lone Star again for the Grade Three $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on Memorial Day.

Though previous commitments had some of our faithful Mojo Partners in other places on Saturday (and it appeared the many other racing patrons had prior obligations as the track attendance was just over 7,000), those of us that were onhand cheered for Wanna Runner like there was tomorrow. And thanks to Mike’s jovial good graces, we were invited to celebrate the victory with him in the Winner’s Circle.

Wanna Runner is a three-year old chestnut gelding that was bred in Ontario, Canada by Yvonne Schwabe. He was sired by El Corredor and is out of the Mt. Magazine mare Shebandowana. In eight starts, Wanna Runner has four wins and has earned $566,950–which includes his take of yesterday’s $300,000 Lone Star Derby (G3), and the winner’s share of his recent victory in the $600,000 WinStar Derby (not graded) at Sunland Park.

Once Wanna Runner hit the quarter pole and turned for home, the race was over. He broke from the one hole, and was immediately pressed by the other four horses around the Clubhouse Turn and into the backstretch. Under steady control by jockey Victor Espinosa, Wanna Runner held his ground along the rail and picked up the pace in the last half mile, completing the final six furlongs in 1:11 with little encouragement winning by 5 ¼ lengths. "The horse on the outside (Rain On Monday) tried to put pressure on us," Espinoza said in his post race interview. "But I had the best horse in the race, and all I had to do was let him go." The final time for the 1 1/16-mile race was 1:43 3/5, and was Wanna Runner's first graded stakes win.

With this victory, Wanna Runner’s next stop will likely be the Queen's Plate (Canada's first race in that country’s triple crown) on June 25 at Woodbine.

We extend our hearty Mojo congratulations to Mike and Bob for another Lone Star win!

Mojo Partners Celebrate Kentucky Oaks and Derby 132

May 9, 2006

The sun shined bright on my old Kentucky home, and the weather was prefect for the 132nd running of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. Several Mojo Partners made their way to Louisville to partake in some great racing action; smooth Woodford Reserve bourbon; and the thrill of cashing a few winning tickets.

Since a picture says a thousand words, I’ve attached several photos to share the stories of our trip with you. Thanks to our friends at Valor Farm, we also had the good fortune to visit Three Chimneys Farm on Derby Day. We send our best regards to farm President, Dan Rosenberg for extending his gracious hospitality to us—the fresh air really helped clear our bourbon soaked heads!

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Julie and Angela

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Three Chimneys Farm                                               Stalion Barn

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Smarty Jones                                                           Angela and Point Given