02/09/2011 6:00PM

Joey P. Just Loves This Game

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I can't say for certain that Joey P. will win Saturday's second race at Gulfstream. There are a few other horses in that race who can also run. But the fact that Joey P. is not merely competitive in this optional claimer/allowance, but also has the best last race Beyer Figure in the field is extremely cool, and worthy of note. Here's why:

Joey P. is 9 years old. He has raced at 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. And his win on Jan. 14 at Gulfstream in his 9-year-old bow means that he has won at least one race each of the eight years he has raced. That is something special.

Let's not stop there. Six of the 18 races Joey P. has won in his career came in New Jersey bred stakes. But another six of his wins came in unrestricted stakes, one of them a Grade 3 event. All but three of Joey P.'s 43 career starts came in races run at six furlongs or less, so he has knocked out his $1,063,217 in career earnings the hard way. And when Joey P. makes his 44th start on Saturday, it will be his 44th start for John Petrini, the man who also bred him. That is cool all by itself.

Most of the time, racing folks are so focused on the search for brilliance that they sometimes miss special things that don't quite meet the traditional definition of what it is they are looking for. I am guilty of this, too. Heck, my last blog post was in praise of the brilliance of Twirling Candy. But Joey P. has a different type of brilliance that merits recognition. He clearly loves the game like few other horses do.

Check out his lifetime past performances:

 

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Ned Daly More than 1 year ago
Joey P finished dead last in this race.
blackseabass More than 1 year ago
Mike , I"ve had Joey P a couple of those times . He is Cool . thanks for putting up the PP's of Joey P.
david krasnoff More than 1 year ago
i watched joey p. win his last race and it was pure heart. check the race line for his last and you'll see that he was head to head the length of the stretch. the amazing thing about witnessing the race was that it was obvious that joey p. wasn't going to let his competitor pass. it was a scintillating performance;.
Bellwether More than 1 year ago
HARDNOCKER...
Bill Daly More than 1 year ago
This horse reminds me a little of Gallant Bob - that old warrior who dominated the middle Atlantic sprint set back in the early seventies. I would only hope that Joey winds up with a better fate than Bob. The latter was reduced to running in cheap claimers at the tail end of his career after winning stake race after stake race in his salad days. What gameness both of these remarkable horses possessed and in Joey's case still possesses. Horses like these are what makes this sport what it is.
Garry Guzzo More than 1 year ago
what this sport needs-recognition of a horse & OWNER- one who appreciates why we come to the track or follow faithfully -- This horse & owner even has fans in the frozen Canadian north at this time of year1--great effort by a good wordsmith--congrats -- Northern Believer
Jeannine Rinaldi More than 1 year ago
I have been following Joey P. his entire career and he is one of my favorites. Thank you for recognizing him.
Virgil Fox More than 1 year ago
Mike, I've had Joey P. on my watch list since 2006. I try to watch his races whenever possible. Thanks for recognizing his efforts. - Peace
J-PA More than 1 year ago
Cool post, Mike, thanks for the insight on Joey P.
johnny boy More than 1 year ago
i remember the joey ridden by travis dunkleberger smashing them in defeat at the ctown dash a few years back. he smoked them gate to wire in an open race. a very fast horse.