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Mojo Racing Partners donates winnings to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Old Friends Equine

July 11, 2011

Mojo Racing Partners today mailed checks to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and Old Friends Equine following a six-week initiative to raise awareness and money for others who need it most.

Each weekend from Memorial Day (May 28) through Independence Day (July 4), Fred Taylor, Mojo’s Managing Partner, placed bets via a TwinSpires account on a series of stakes races at different racetracks across the U.S., and the collective winnings from each race were held for the duration of the contest then divided equally between Mojo’s Charities after the last race.

On May 28, Mojo announced its "Plays for Charity" initiative on its Facebook page, as well as its Website, where the races for each weekend would be listed as part of the wagering.  Subsequent updates were posted on its Facebook to share horses Mojo would include in its wagers, followed by the outcome each day. 


"I’m thrilled and proud to donate the collective winnings on behalf of Mojo to these two worthy causes," said Fred Taylor. "I tried to generate as much as I could, and no matter how much I won, my plan all along was to give it away.  More importantly, my overall goal was to let Mojo’s hundreds of Facebook Friends know that playing the races can be both fun and worthwhile.  The horses and jockeys lay it on the line each time they’re on the track for our thrill and excitement.  I’m in awe of their talents and courage; I love this sport; and I wanted to try something new to give back.”  


Mojo’s Plays for Charity was an independent initiative and was not sanctioned by TwinSpires, the PDJF, or Old Friends.  The active participation and engagement with Mojo’s Facebook Friends was completely voluntary.  Over the course of six weekends of wagering, Mojo generated over $200 in net winnings.  Prior to this event, Mojo launched a separate venture that offers the public an opportunity to become a Mojo Partner and own part of a racehorse for only $750.  To see more details about the New Mojo's Promo, click:  http://www.mojoracingpartners.com/publicnews-NewM5PartnershipRelease.html 


The Mojo Racing Partners entity was created by Fred Taylor in 2006.  Since then, it has formed four boutique Partnerships under the Mojo colors, and strives to differentiate itself from other racing syndicates by offering newcomers an educational, affordable, and fun experience that places the wellbeing and welfare of our Runners above all else.  Mojo is based in Fort Worth, TX; our Runners are prepared for racing in Texas at Diamond D Ranch and have raced in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.  Currently, one Partnership group is formed via Mojo that has a Three-Year-Old Filly, Wild About Annie - she is slated to run in Texas later this year.

The Permanently Disable Jockeys Fund (PDJF):

The PDJF is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to some 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Since its founding in 2006, the fund has disbursed over $2 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries.  Many of the jockeys the PDJF serves were injured while in their 20s and 30s and face decades of living with a disability. They have lost their income and the opportunity to build a financial cushion sufficient to support them and their families.  The medical needs of these disabled jockeys are great and may include daily assistance from a caregiver. In today's healthcare environment, costs continue to escalate -- posing still more challenges to individuals who courageously test their limits every day.  The PDJF strives to reach out to everyone in the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse industry, their business partners and the great fans of this sport for their support.  Their long-term goal is to create an endowment that will enable the fund to be self-sufficient.  While they build that endowment, you can learn how to support their efforts by going to: http://www.pdjf.org/  

 

Old Friends Equine:

Old Friends began as a retirement and rescue facility for pensioned Thoroughbreds. Then news broke of the inconceivable death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand in a slaughterhouse in Japan in 2002.   The discovery gave even more impetus to our organization to make sure that never happened again.  Old Friends is the only thoroughbred rescue / retirement facility that accepts stallions, & so they take exceptional pride in their pensioned champions, among them 1988 Eclipse-winning Turf Champion, Sunshine Forever & one of  the last great sons of Damascus, Ogygian.  In addition to their pensioned stallions, Old Friends is home to some very deserving retired mares & geldings.  To learn more about Old Friends, please visit: http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/index.shtml  

TwinSpires:

TwinSpires is the Official online wagering site of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, and players are able to wager on virtually every Thoroughbred, Harness, and Quarter Horse race from venues across the globe.  TwinSpires is described as a fresh, bottom-up approach to account wagering that combines the latest online technology with the best racing content, backed by the integrity and tradition of Churchill Downs, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby.  To learn more about TwinSpires, go to:  http://www.twinspires.com/content/ 

SOURCE:  Mojo Racing Partners  
 
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