19 September 2009

Here comes JoJo

Tonight marks the end of the thoroughbred/quarter horse mixed meet at Prairie Meadows, and while there are some Turf Luck favorites on the card, the big name of the day must surely be Theregoesjojo, morning line favorite in the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Derby.

Once upon a time, Theregoesjojo was on the Derby Trail, battling Quality Road in the Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby. After a disappointing finish in the Blue Grass Stakes, in which "his stifle locked up twice," trainer Ken McPeek gave Jojo some time off, and contemplated an attempt at turf. (Bloodhorse.com)

But instead, here he is, out where the tall grass grows, facing the likes of Minnesota Derby winner Perfect Bull, Iowa Breeders' Derby winner Potanio, and Manitoba Derby winner Smuggler's Hold. His stiffest competition may be Dumar, a Steve Asmussen runner who's shared a starting gate with some of this year's finest -- Mine that Bird at Sunland, Friesan Fire at the Fair Grounds -- but has yet to score a stakes win.

And though one might be tempted to go with Smuggler's Hold on Talk Like a Pirate Day, here at the Little Castle on the Prairie, we're hoping Jojo's trip to the heartland heralds a return to the winner's circle:


EquiSpace said...

Aye, love the hunch play, but alas matey, we could no better than fourth place booty.

Thanks for the link lassie!

QQ said...

That's why we played the superfecta, matey!

Handride said...

Can you please update to the widget version of standings, i think you have some old ones up there.