November 24, 2006
HP is doing great! In his first few weeks of schooling, Woody continues to respond quite nicely to what is being asked of him—he takes his tack and rider exceptionally well, and he’s starting tone up just a bit. Currently, he’s just galloping to, and around, the training track (one time). His distance will be gradually increased each week, and he will start “breezing” (incremental ½ furlong sprints) each Friday starting in January—which is the last month of his 90-day, Race Horse 101.
HP currently stands about 15 and a half hands tall, and he’s expected to be a little over 16 hands once he tops out in a couple of years. He’s in good health; his appetite is as big as his craving for attention; and his coat is shiny and soft.
As you would expect, all Mojo Partners are head-over-heals thrilled with Hollywood Pegasus; and as one Partner and her husband said recently, “If he doesn’t win a race, we’ve already gotten our money back just from the time we’ve gotten to spend with him.”
You can’t beat that. Frankly, on the day after Thanksgiving, we’re all very thankful to have such an attractive, healthy, and sound colt in our stable.
Breeders’ Cup 2006
November 5, 2006
Fall Thoroughbred Racing has always held a special place in my heart, and to spend a November afternoon in Kentucky watching these majestic animals circle the track is a personal experience that’s beyond compare.
The atmosphere has its own flavor. The mornings are cool and crisp, and each day seems to carry a faint aroma of hickory smoke as the last embers burn away in the family’s fireplace that was stoked the night before to take the chill out of the evening air. As the warm sunshine blesses the rolling landscape, the afternoon turns into a brilliant patchwork of red, orange, and gold leaves that shimmer from the oak trees and drift down to blanket the soft, green bluegrass.
Naturally, this ambiance adds energy to the souls of those who partake in the sport, and a renewed purpose sets foot in the steps of those who spend the day at the races. Of course, any time you can sit beneath the Twin Spires and watch a group of gallant runners thunder down the historic homestretch at Churchill Downs is privilege unto itself.
The patrons in Louisville weren’t the only ones with a keen interest in the happenings that took place in the Derby city on November 4. Farms across the Bluegrass; from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States; in Europe; Asia; South America; and the Middle East have particular interests in the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. This is a grand weekend, as the best of the international best were striving for racing supremacy in eight events featuring a combined purse money value of just over $20 million.
As an owner, being in attendance takes on a new perspective because thinking about what it takes to get to this point, and all of the good fortune that has to smile upon your colt, filly, or mare just to get into starting gate. The right combination of health, fitness, class, training, and pure racing luck have to manifest itself over and over again in order to capitalize on the moment.
The experience is regal; the stakes are high; and to see it all unfold is truly an honor. On behalf of Mojo Racing Partners, I’m thrilled to share these moments with you.
Jockey Club Registration
November 1, 2006
Mojo Racing Partners are pleased to announce that Hollywood Pegasus is the name authorized and registered with Jockey Club for our first Runner.
The colt’s name is a tribute to his dam Hollywood Princess and his sire Fusaichi Pegasus. If you visit the Pedigree Query site, you can review Hollywood Pegasus’ impressive bloodline bracket, as well as his current Dosage Index and Chef-de-race figure.
Fusaichi Pegasus won the Kentucky Derby in 2000 and is by Mr. Prospector—known to be the greatest extension of the Native Dancer sire line, and the most influential dirt track sire of all time.
Hollywood Princess is a direct descendant of the prominent Bold Ruler, Secretariat, and Storm Cat families.
Both sides of Hollywood Pegasus’ family are influenced by the champion Northern Dancer—widely regarded as the #1 sire of the 20th Century.