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Meet Joey P! A true champion!
Joey P (NJ)
Farm Name: Joseph
Dark bay or brown gelding foaled March 22, 2002
By: Close Up - Luckey Lipco, by Luckey Jin Beau
Height: 17.1 hands
Career Statistics: 48 starts - 18 wins, 10 seconds, 1 third; total earnings = $1,081,167
Joey P gave the racing world 7 years of thrilling racing action. From the time he made his first start as a two-year-old at Monmouth Park on August 18, 2004, his connections knew he was special. So special in fact, he was entered in Monmouth's premier race - the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Handicap - in the seventh race of his career. The race was won by a Bob Baffert trainee - Roman Ruler. And Joey didn't fare very well that day, finishing last in a small field of 7 horses. But as he would do throughout his career, he bounced right back. A little over a month later, he was entered in the Friendly Lover stakes at Monmouth and won in a canter in an eye-opening time of 1.08 for the six furlong distance.
All in all, consistency would become the catch word for Joey P's career. He ended up making 48 appearances at tracks up and down the east coast. He turned into an accomplished sprinter and every time he took to the track, fans were guaranteed a great show. Joey P knew he was special and never missed a chance to demonstrate what he could do.
Finally, in 2011, the rigors of racing caught up with him. He finished a fading fifth in his last start, after battling lightening fast fractions in the Colts Neck Handicap. The decision was made to retire him rather than watch him decline.. Shortly after his retirement from racing, he was acquired by the Second Call aftercare program. To this day, Joey acts like the king of the throne. He is a happy, well-adjusted retiree who tells his pasture buddies just how great he is on a regular basis! Don't let the word "retire" fool you. He still has about a 35 foot stride just galloping around the paddock!