Mojo News and Notes

September 2009

  • WAA Video
  • WAA Pics
  • Mojo Trainer Wins Stakes Race
  • Horse Racing Legislation
Current Events
Mojo Racing Partners Present:  Wild About Annie (video)

September 19, 2009

The new Mojo Filly continued her lessons at Legacy Ranch this morning and we produced a short video (and a few pics too!) to document her training activity.

Wild About Annie is “filling out” nicely, and she’s proving to be a very good student!  Today, she learned how to accept a saddle, weight on her back, and a bit in her mouth.

To watch the Mojo Video, please click: 

Photo by Fred Taylor, Jr. Photo by Fred Taylor, Jr.
Photo by Fred Taylor, Jr. Photo by Fred Taylor, Jr.
Photo by Fred Taylor, Jr. Photo by Fred Taylor, Jr.

To see more pics of WAA, go to the Mojo Facebook site:

Wild About Annie's First Lessons Pics!

September 11, 2009

Mojo Filly, Wild About Annie, was taught her first lessons in good horse behavior on Friday.  She was schooled to stand patiently with a lead; accept and get comfortable with a basic girth (the strap around her belly); and was galloped around the round pin (without a rider)—she really liked that!

In the coming days, Annie will be introduced to a saddle, rider, and basic directional lead instructions (with a rider up). 

As you can see from the pics below, she’s a striking Filly that enjoys all of the attention—Annie’s smiling in the last pic because she knows she did a good job today!

Photo by Carol Nichols Photo by Carol Nichols

Photo by Carol Nichols Photo by Carol Nichols

As we expected, Annie’s coat is also changing colors—to a really cool gun-metal grey!

To see more pics of WAA, go to the Mojo Facebook site:  I’ve posted some additional pics of Annie “in action” for you to enjoy and comment on!

Mojo Trainer Wins Stakes Race!

September 7, 2009

Mojo Trainer, John Good, won the $150,000 Debartolo Memorial Handicap at Remington Park!  John trains Tizfiz (by Tiznow out of a Go For Gin mare), and the combination have now won back-to-back* stakes races!!

Tizfiz came from off the pace; swung three wide going into the turn; and drew clear by two impressive lengths at a mile and 1/8th over the turf. 

Congratulations John, Jockey Louis Quinonez, and to the winning connections!

*Last month, John and Tizfiz won the West Virginia Senate President's Stakes at Mountaineer Park.

Horse Racing On Capital Hill

September 5, 2009

The Congressional Summer recess ends this weekend.  When the legislators from the House and Senate return to
Washington, there will be several bills waiting that are directly related to the horse racing industry.

Horse Welfare

The House and Senate have bills (H.R.503 and S.727) titled “The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009” sitting in their respective Judiciary Committees that criminalize specific activities under interstate and foreign commerce laws related to horses and slaughter.  Additionally, the House and Senate have passed appropriation bills to provide funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversight on horse slaughter, and funds studies to conduct the impact on horse welfare.

Taxation on Wagering

In the House, a bill known as PACE (a.k.a. the Pari-Mutuel Conformity and Equality Act of 2009 H.R. 2140) was introduced to increase the limit on which a person is taxed on wagers won at the racetrack.  If passed, the Internal Revenue Code for taxable amounts will start a winnings over $5,000 (currently the amount is set at $1,000).

Regulation on Internet Gaming

In the Senate, a series of bills have been introduced to regulate Internet gaming.  Many of the bills put forth present a negative and/or potentially harmful impact on the horse racing industry’s ability to conduct Internet pari-mutuel wagering.  One bill in particular (S.1597) clarifies the intent and protects the horse racing industry from reforms that was stymie the public from participating in online wagering.  S.1597 exempts online pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing as authorized under the Interstate Horseracing Act (IHA), and also amends the tax code to eliminate the automatic 25% federal withholding on pari-mutuel winnings of $5,000 or more and raises the reportable amount from $600 at odds of 300-1 to $1,200 at odds of 300-1.

Healthcare Reform

As legislators evaluate their sources of revenue to fund public healthcare, Internet gaming has become a “tasty” option on Capital Hill.