08/20/2009 11:00PM

Patience pays off with Mogumbo Cat


The patience owner Jack Everett and trainer Larry Robideaux have shown in managing the career of Mogumbo Cat paid its greatest dividends last weekend at Louisiana Downs. The horse became a stakes winner with a powerful surge in the $50,000 Shiskabob, which marked his fourth straight win. He is headed next to the $75,000 Unbridled on the Super Derby undercard Sept. 19 and later this year could test his skills at Keeneland, Robideaux said.

Mogumbo Cat has distinguished himself on turf, with all of the wins in his streak that dates back to April 29 coming at either Louisiana Downs or Evangeline Downs. In the Shiskabob, he won off by more than two lengths, covering a mile on turf in a sharp 1:34.80. Mogumbo Cat earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 91.

"He's been fun," Robideaux said. "This year has been a fun year with him."

Mogumbo Cat missed a good portion of his season last year while receiving stem cell treatment.

"We did some patchwork on him as a 3-year-old," Robideaux said. "We did a stem cell transfer. He had a little ankle on him. We gave him time, six months rehabbing, and he has responded well."

Later this year, Mogumbo Cat will be based at Fair Grounds, Robideaux said.

Prelude runners on different paths

Electric Alphabet and Red Lead, who finished a respective second and third to winner Uno Mas in last weekend's $100,000 Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs, are heading in different directions. The Prelude was a prep for the Grade 2, $750,000 Super Derby, and Electric Alphabet will likely pass on the race, trainer Cecil Borel said. He said he wants to give the lightly raced horse more time to develop. Electric Alphabet was an impressive maiden winner at Churchill Downs one start prior to the Prelude.

Red Lead, meanwhile, will move on to the Super Derby, trainer Brandon Bridges said. The horse has placed in stakes in his last three starts, having also run third in the $250,000 Iowa Derby and second in the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Derby. Red Lead finished a nose behind Electric Alphabet.

"It looks like he ran his race and showed up," Bridges said.

Jonesboro targets Governor's Cup

Jonesboro, the millionaire winner of the Grade 2 Cornhusker in his last start June 27, had an easy half-mile breeze at his Remington Park base Thursday morning and remains on deck to make his next start in the track's $150,000 Governor's Cup on Sept. 7. From there, the horse could return to graded company for the Grade 2, $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Oct. 3.

"We've got to take it one race at a time, but that's kind of what we've got penciled in," said Randy Morse, who trains Jonesboro for Mike Langford.

Cliff Berry worked Jonesboro, who went a half-mile on a track rated good in 50.80 seconds. Morse said the horse will probably have two more works before the Governor's Cup. Jonesboro leads the 36-horse division that Morse has based at Remington, which opened its meet Friday.

New Mexico to allocate dates

The New Mexico Racing Commission will consider dates requests from the state's tracks during a special meeting Sept. 9. All are seeking mixed meets, with the Sunland Park's season having been awarded earlier in the year because it extends from Dec. 11 to April 20.

SunRay Park has asked for 46 dates for next year, from April 22 to July 4. Ruidoso Downs is seeking a 60-date season, from May 28 to Sept. 6. Zia Park has asked for 53 dates for next year, from Sept. 11 to Dec. 7.

The New Mexico state fair has asked for 17 dates from Sept. 10 to Sept. 26 at a meet that would be held at the Downs at Albuquerque. The Downs meet that has been requested is 31 dates, Oct. 1 to Nov. 21. A track in Raton, which broke ground earlier this year, is seeking a 60-date meet from May 28 to Sept. 6.

* Silent Cash Dancer, a Quarter Horse, won a $15,000 claiming race at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla., last Sunday at the age of 16. He is owned and trained by Gary Earp, 65, and was ridden by Roy Brooks, who is 68.

* Rex Ladd, a trainer for close to 50 years and the father-in-law of retired jockey Eddie King, died at his home in Merino, Colo., on Aug. 16. Ladd purchased future champion My Juliet out of a California sale and resold her after starting her once at Fonner, according to a news release issued by Oaklawn.