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Jockamo’s Song wins allowance at Arlington Park in comeback race!

08/03/18 | Arlington Heights, IL – Dare To Dream Stable’s multiple stakes winning gelding, Jockamo’s Song, easily dispatched his 8 other rivals in winning a five furlong allowance turf dash by a clear 1 3/4 lengths. The classy gray went to post off an 8 month layoff after suffering an injury in a 4th place stake effort back in early December 2017 which required some time off to heal. The handsome son of Half Ours looked great in the paddock before the race and would leave the gate as the 9/5 favorite in what was a pretty tough allowance field. Jockey Mitchell Murrill did a fantastic job of hustling Jockamo’s Song out of the gate and getting him in a great spot tracking the early speed of Singinintheheat and Gray Mensch while only 3 lengths off the early pace. After the first 1/4 mile run in 22.42, Jockamo’s Song had already cruised passed Gray Mensch and had his sights set on leader Singinintheheat, who had a 2 length advantage on him. Turning for home it appeared to be a 2 horse race, with the rest of the field 5 lengths behind. The Louisiana Sprint Champion was gradually making up ground on the leader and in mid stretch he easily passed Singingintheheat at the sixteenth marker and went clear to the wire, stopping the clock in 57.72. This was Jockamo’s Song’s 9th victory, four of them being stake wins. He also has 3 seconds and 2 thirds from 21 starts and has now amassed $375,714 in his outstanding racing career.

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable partners many who were in attendance for raucous winner’s circle celebration. Many of the partners were seeing their favorite gray champion for the first time as his other 8 victories were achieved in the Pelican State of Louisiana. This was a fantastic team effort in getting Jockamo fit and ready off the long layoff. Kudos to Danny and Charlena Werre who provided great care in legging him up at both at their EllAda Farm and then at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, KY. Props also go out to trainer Mike Stidham, Hilary Pridham, Rigo Rosas, and the entire team for having “Jocko” sharp and ready for a tough allowance sprint off the lengthy layoff. Thanks as well to jockey Mitchell Murrill. Mitchell & Jockamo have been quite a pair over the years. Mitchell’s first ever stakes victory of his career was aboard Jockamo’s Song 3 years ago! Mitchell rode him just like he had so many times in the past, crossing the wire on top!

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Jockamo’s Song Wins The $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint Stakes!

Dare To Dream Stable’s barn stalwart & multiple Stakes winner Jockamo’s Song came through again, notching another stakes score in capturing the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Sprint Championship on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. This was Jockamo’s Song’s first trip to Evangeline Downs and his first time back on dirt in over a year. With journeyman Gerard “G Money” Melancon riding Jockamo’s Song for the first time, Jockamo broke well out of the gate and Melancon had “Jocko in the second flight about 5 lengths off the leading pack after the opening 1/4 mile in a quick 22.0 flat. As they approached the turn, Melancon began to ask Jockamo for run and he made a quick early move around the turn to challenge the top flight of leaders. Once they straightened for home the classy grey with the heart of a champion had his sights on the lead. He quickly passed a few horses and had dead aim on arch rival Icy Gentleman to his inside. Melancon confidently moved Jockamo right up to the throat latch of Icy Gentleman in deep stretch, and with continued urging put away his rival and edged clear by a comfortable one length at the wire to claim another sprint championship.

This was Jockamo’s Song’s third stakes victory of his career to go along with three other stakes placings. His overall record is now 7 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds from 18 career starts with earnings of $319,914.00. With “Jocko” still at the top of his game, those statistics should only get better in the coming year. Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream partners who have enjoyed quite a ride with this gutsy grey champion with more to come. It was also another fantastic training job by trainer Mike Stidham, Hilary Pridham, and the rest of his great team. Of course, kudos to “G Money”, who gave Jockamo a fantastic ride and looked like he had been riding him his entire career.

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