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Mojo Race Recap: Alarming Afleet

June 15, 2013 

Photo by Fred Taylor

On Thursday, June 13, Alarming Afleet raced under the Mojo Colors for the first time in his career.  The nine-year-old, Florida-bred journeyman by Northern Afleet out of Smoke Alarm made his 78th career start in Race 6 at Lone Star Park with Alfredo Contreras up.  [One mile on the dirt for 3YOs and up.]

As soon as the gates opened, Alarming Afleet was on the bit and Contreras hustled him to the lead.  Down the backstretch, he opened a sizeable lead and held his ground around the far turn.  Into the home stretch, he gave way to the closers and was nipped at the wire (by a neck) to finish fifth.

“Don’t let the final results fool you,” Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM said.  “There are a lot of encouraging things about the way Alarming Afleet ran this race—he came out of the gate well; was strong all the way around; and, even though he tired in the final 3/16ths, he was still trying down the stretch.” 

In May, Alarming Fleet’s training/racing schedule was interrupted by an abscess that developed on his right front foot.  “After being off for 40 days, he wasn’t as fit as I would like,” explains JR Caldwell, Mojo’s Trainer.  “This race was more of a tune-up for him—he’ll be sharp the next time out.”

“Alarming Afleet’s been in a little bit of a slump recently,” Fred admits referring to the last three races.  “That’s understandable, though.  His routine has been disrupted and, sometimes, it takes older horses a little bit longer to get into a groove.  So, in spite of the time off to clear the foot abscess, Alarming Afleet’s overall pattern of finishes is still trending in the right direction.”

During his racing tenure, Alarming Afleet has earned over $230,000 for his owners ($30,000 a year); he’s over 30% “in the money” (on average) when he races; and he hits the board (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) 37% of the time.

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Mojo Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC (which conducts its racing operations as Mojo Racing Partners) is based in Fort Worth, TX and was formed in 2006.  Since then, Mojo has raced at Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Indiana Downs, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Lone Star Park, Remington Park, and Turfway Park.  

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