My initial future star in the juvenile crop of 2011 can surprisingly enough be found in Iowa. The Hawkeye State based youngster is named Jake Mo, and I believe he is poised to make a name for himself in the coming months. After finishing fast to just miss in his Prairie Meadows debut on June 3, the dark bay son of Giacomo (pictured left) was much closer to the pace in his second effort, before exploding away from the field down the lane. The winning margin in the June 25 maiden race was nearly ten lengths, and the second horse, who should break his maiden soon, was nearly ten lengths ahead of the third place finisher. Making the result all the more impressive was the final time for the 5 ½ furlongs of 1:02.88. It was a fast Prairie Meadows strip that night, but no matter, that is a serious time for a juvenile maiden winner.
I had the pleasure of seeing the performance in person, and I was thoroughly impressed. Trained by Allen Milligan, and ridden by Israel Ocampo, Jake Mo has the action of a paddler, but his talent is obvious. As good as he has looked so far sprinting, I am even more excited about his future. By Giacomo, out of the With Approval mare, Credit Approval, distance should be no problem as he matures. Take my word for it, Jake Mo is definitely one to watch.
As an added bonus to my readers … Not only is Jake Mo a future star in my estimation, but he is also a great bet within 24 hours. That's right, you will not have to wait long to see how my belief in Jake Mo pans out, at least in the here and now, and hopefully make some do-re-mi in the process. Tomorrow evening Jake Mo faces a full field of two-year-olds going 5 ½ furlongs in the Prairie Gold Juvenile. Listed at 6-1 on the morning line, if he goes off at anywhere near that price, I think he will offer outstanding value.
Chief among his rivals, in the $75,000 stakes race, could be the Bret Calhoun trained, Canigotoo. The son of Menhal was super impressive in his debut effort at Lone Star Park, when he romped by 12 ¼ lengths in a June 16 maiden races against fellow Texas-breds. That day he covered the five furlongs in a snappy 58 seconds under Cliff Berry, who will make the trip north to keep the mount.
Another in the field, who may test Jake Mo, is Backdoor Kenny. A chestnut son of Half Ours, the Jimmy DiVito trainee also won his debut race impressively. His win came in a 4 ½ maiden affair at Arlington Park, meaning he will be testing dirt for the first time in tomorrow’s feature.
You never know for sure with horses this lightly raced, but I feel good about Jake Mo's chances tomorrow night, real good!