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Mojo Race Recap
“I really like having a big group join Mojo at the races,” says Fred Taylor, Mojo’s CEM. “Over 30 people (friends, family, and partners) came out to watch an action-packed race and enjoy the experience. Things got a little weird because we had to scratch one of our runners (Alarming Afleet) and a rather ominous thunderstorm rolled into the area at post time. Fortunately, we were able to get the race in right before Mother Nature unleashed the fury. And, it was very exciting and we had a lot of fun!”
Alarming Afleet was scratched because an abscess developed in his right front foot. Pelham stayed in the race and represented Mojo very well. Under threatening skies, the seven-horse field was off to a good start at 7:59p CT. Past the stands for the first time and into the Clubhouse turn, Pelham had to go four wide. Down the backstretch, Pelham was able to get in the perfect position stalking the two front runners. Around the far turn, Pelham engaged the leaders with Vow to Wager moving in. At the top of the lane, track announcer John Lies said: “There are four horses in a straight line, and anyone of them can win it!” The race turned into a four-horse battle down the stretch with Vow to Wager using good momentum to carry him to the lead at the 16 pole. Pelham fought on gamely to the wire; but he was outkicked in the final furlong and finished fourth in a tight pack.
“The thrills of racing were on full display, and stretch runs like that really get your competitive juices going no matter the outcome,” Fred emphasized. “I tip my cap to the winning connections—their horse was the better runner last night and I wish them the best. Our guy was little flat at the end, and if you’re looking for excuses, then maybe we ran Pelham back too soon (15 days rest vs 21 for the top three finishers). Watching the replay, Jockey A. Contreras gave us the perfect ride—he put Pelham in right spots all the way around, and I’m really happy about that. This horse has heart, and he was digging down in the final 16th giving us all he had. So, we’re proud of his effort.”
“I also want to thank JR and his Team,” Fred continues. “They always have our horses ready to go. Every time out, our runners are in a competitive position to win—I trust them to make smart decisions for our racing ops, and they really do an excellent job for us all the way around.”
About Alarming Afleet: “I’m happy to say he’s just fine,” Fred reports. “The abscess popped (which is a good thing), and that allowed the infection to drain. If he doesn’t develop any other complications, he should be back to the races in a couple of weeks if things continue as expected.”
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