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July 8, 2012

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Mojo Race Recap: Jackrabbit Repeat 2nd Place Finish!

July 8, 2012 

Photo by Fred Taylor Jr

Jackrabbit Fast produced a gutsy encore performance in his second race under the Mojo colors—this time, over the grass!

“I’m really impressed and happy with the way he ran today,” said Fred Taylor, Mojo’s Managing Partner about Jackrabbit’s effort in Race 2 at Lone Star Park on Saturday, July 7.  “We put him in race conditions that he’s never been asked to run before, and he ran like he’s been doing it for years."

Sprinting five furlongs over the turf, Jackrabbit stalked the pace down the backside, engaged the front runners going into the turn, pressed for the lead into the stretch, and got up for 2nd.  The eventual winner was skimming the rail and rallied to gain the lead under strong urging deep in the stretch.

“My hat’s off to the winning connections,” Fred acknowledged.  “Their horse was favored, and he fulfilled the handicappers’ and bettors’ expectations.  That said, Jackrabbit performed the way we hoped too:  He contested the quick/early fractions, made his move, and he dug in three wide down the stretch.  Other than winning the race, Jackrabbit did everything we could’ve asked.” 

Any excuses for the end result?  “In the last two races, Jackrabbit has gotten caught/passed just a couple of jumps before the wire.”  Fred explained.  “After today's race, Bryan (the Jockey) said he felt like he was sitting on a lot of horse as they went by the 3/8ths pole…then, going into the stretch, Jackrabbit started looking around and got off stride just a bit.  At that point, the eventual winner was making his move along the rail.  So, we gotta figure out how to keep Jackrabbit focused when he turns for home in order to maintain his momentum for the final furlong.”

How did Jackrabbit come out of the race?  “There weren’t any obvious issues afterward, and hopefully, something elusive won't crop up.”  Fred reports.  “Thankfully, Jackrabbit is a hearty/resilient horse, and that’s a comforting benefit to have as these things go.”

And, what’s next?  (Fred Smiles)  “Well, I’m very pleased how this partnership group came together, and with the way Jackrabbit has raced for us (two 2nd place finishes).  Now, the Lone Star Meet is over and so is the agreed commitment by the Partners in the Jackrabbit Fast Group.  As such, I have to prepare a new budget and new terms for Jackrabbit’s next round of racing.  This has been a really fun and affordable experience for everyone—I want to keep that going and provide others with the same opportunity to participate.  So, I’d like to point Jackrabbit toward the Remington Park Meet (which starts in August) because I think that’ll be an attractive option for the group insofar as continuing their participation and relative ease of going to see Jackrabbit race.  Stay tuned for more info on this.”

Mojo Background

Mojo Racing Partners was founded in 2006 to
 prove that having fun; enjoying all the aspects of ownership; and upholding the highest standards in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry can be done for a fraction of the cost.  Mojo (the entity) is based in Fort Worth, TX; and our Runners have raced in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Texas. 

To learn more about joining Mojo Racing Partners, visit Become A Partner .

"We don’t pretend to be everything to everyone, and we aren’t trying to compete against the ‘Big Boys’ racing syndicates,” says Fred Taylor, Mojo’s Managing Partner.  “We want to give people an easy, affordable, fun, and low risk (financially) alternative to experience this great sport.  And, our Concept and Mission are designed to provide the best care for our horses—before, during, and after their racing careers; set a good example for the industry; and provide a unique/educational experience for our Partners.  By offering this type of service, we believe there can be win/win memories that will last a lifetime."

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