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January 2012

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The Mojo Filly's Back In Action!

January 7, 2012

Mojo Racing Partners starts the year off with some fantastic news:  Earlier this week, the vet cleared Wild About Annie to return to training, and Diamond D Ranch began galloping the Mojo Filly around the track!

WAA Galloping

“This is definitely much-anticipated good news for us,” reports Fred Taylor, Mojo’s Managing Partner.  “This partnership group has patiently waited a very long time for this, and they deserve a lot of credit for hanging in there and not bailing out.  Though we weren’t able to race Annie at all in 2011 because of a tiny injury (literally), all of the Partners understood that waiting was the right thing to do.  So, we took our time and did what was best for the Filly.”

Back in February 2011, Wild About Annie was prepping for the Lone Star Meet when she came back to the barn after a breeze with a little heat on her left knee.  Even though Annie’s movement was good, Diamond D’s Manager, Jimmy “Scooter” Dodwell, didn’t want to take any chances and he had the vet take a closer look.  As it turned out, Annie had a faint hairline fracture on one the floating bones in her left knee.  The fracture was too small and isolated to be treated surgically.  So, the only thing to do was wait, and wait, and wait…

While WAA was turned out, the Partners agreed to have some chips cleaned out her knees (unrelated to the crack and not causing her any issues); and, toward the end of the summer, they utilized shockwave therapy treatments to help stimulate the healing process in the knee bone.  “It looks like time and a little non-evasive treatment worked out,” Fred says.  “Annie’s a big, beautiful gray horse—much like her daddy (Louisiana Derby winner, Wimbledon).  She carries her weight well and never showed any signs of lameness; but you just can’t rush these things.”

After speaking with Scooter this week, his feedback was encouraging.  “Other than having a little extra weight, when we brought her back in, it was like she didn’t miss a day of training,” Scooter said.  “She took the saddle and rider with no problems, was very well behaved, and minded her business when we took her around the track.” 

Moving forward, the Mojo Plan is to get ready for the 2012 Lone Star Meet.  For the next three months, Annie will be slowly worked back into fitness at Diamond D.  January will be steady gallops increasing the distance each week.  In February, short breezes.  And, in March, timed works.  “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves because there’s a lot of work to do to get Annie ready,” Fred reminds everyone. “But, we are thrilled to have the Mojo Filly back in action and we’re looking forward to better days ahead in 2012.”

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