MO TERMS broke his maiden on Feb. 25 at Turfway Park! Wahoo! Go Mo & Trainer Mary McKinley! The dark bay colt won a $7500 Maiden Claiming event at a mile under jockey E. Wilkinson. His victory comes after months of close calls, most recently a 4th on Feb 2.
I caught up on the last couple episodes of JOCKEYS during my hiatus. Chantal and Mike are very competitive with each other…Joe Talamo probably should have gotten some kind of suspension after three incidents of swaggin’ in one day. The look inside the stewards’ office was pretty neat, something I have never seen before…the tall jockey, whose name I cannot ever remember but he was in from Arlington Park, struggled to find mounts and eventually decided to move his saddle to Kentucky…Aaron Gryder lost the mount on the filly named after his daughter, Grace Gryder, to Talamo…Talamo won the race and left an “autographed” winners’ circle shot on Gryder’s locker…it was pretty cool seeing all of the champion jockeys get together at the local to chat and give Joe a hard time…I want a copy of Mike’s Holy Bull DVD!
The penultimate episode airs on Friday, and I hope it gets more into the Breeders’ Cup preparations. Also, Orthodox, the horse Jon Court rode to victory in the 2nd episode, won an allowance race last week. Speaking of Jon, he is riding at Oaklawn this season and has won 12 races in 106 starts, the 6th leading rider in Hot Springs. Chantal Sutherland recently rode Infield favorite Lickety Lemon to a 5th place finish in the La Zanzara H. at Santa Anita. Kayla Stra was 2nd in the third race yesterday at Santa Anita, on Lethal Dose.
Later this month, I am taking a trip to Tucson, AZ, to check out the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program. I will have a full account of the experience as live as I can get it, so stay tuned!