Mojo News and Notes

September 2010

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  • Annie Arrives Safe and Sound
  • Off to Kentucky and a New Training Center
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September 2010

Annie Arrives in Louisville and Settles In

The Mojo Filly arrived in Louisville safe and sound on Tuesday morning (September 7), and is comfortably settled at Trackside Louisville.

Trainer, John Good, reports:  "
All’s well with the Filly.  When she walked off the trailer, her legs were tight and cold.  Her feet are good; and she wasn’t hot or bothered by the ride from Texas.  She ate all of her breakfast and is happy with her new surroundings."

For the rest of the week, Annie will be introduced to the new training and stabling areas and she'll jog around the track each morning.  John will keep a close eye on her condition, and if all's well, he'll start galloping the Filly and come up with a training program for the next two months.
 
Photo by John Good

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Off to the Bluegrass State and a New Training Center

Transportation has been arranged to ship the Mojo Filly, Wild About Annie, from Diamond D to Louisville on Monday evening, September 6.  The shuttle will leave in the late afternoon; travel overnight from Texas to Kentucky; and arrive on Tuesday morning.

Diamond D Manager Scooter Dodwell reports:  "Annie will be riding in style.  There's a 18-wheeler coming to take her to Kentucky.  She'll have plenty of room in the back, lots of air circulation, and there are cameras in the trailer so the driver can keep an eye on all of the horses."

Having Annie graduate to this next level of training is a fantastic accomplishment and a very exciting moment in the development of her racing career.



A New Training Center

In addition to shipping Annie to the Bluegrass State, our Mojo Trainer, John Good, now keeps his tack at another notable training facility owned by Churchill Downs called Trackside Louisville.

“It just suits my current needs better, my training style, and the racing venues where I like to run,” John said.  Trackside Louisville is located approximately five miles from the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby.

According the Mojo’s Managing Partner, Fred Taylor: “As far as I’m concerned, if John’s happy, then that’s just fine with me.”  Though John and Fred work together on the horse’s racing decisions, Fred doesn’t get involved with the Trainer's decisions in this regard.  “It’s an area where I feel fully comfortable leaving it up to the Trainer's discretion,” Fred says.

Fred’s Thoughts About Trackside Louisville

There are several advantages and benefits to having Annie stabled at Trackside:  Proximity (to Churchill Downs and downtown Louisville); convenience (to utilize the horse shuttle to other tracks owned by Churchill Downs); and a more-typical racing/training environment.  It’ll also be a fun experience for any WAA Partner who would like to visit; it’ll be very lively during the Churchill Downs Fall/Breeders’ Cup Meet; and it’ll introduce Annie to a higher caliber of racing peers.

On any given day, it’s likely that you could cross paths with some of the best racehorses in the world at the Churchill training facility.  That said, Fred is quick to acknowledge: “Please don’t misunderstand, HighPointe is a beautiful/tranquil/safe/multifunctional training facility (much like a typical horse farm in Kentucky).  I was thrilled to have our first three Mojo Runners train at HighPointe, and I wouldn’t blink an eye if John chooses to go back.  Trackside Louisville, however, is a different setting—if you visit, you’ll immediately feel the energy of being at a high caliber racing/training facility.”

In addition to the quality of horses and trainers who also use Trackside Louisville, because it is owned by Churchill Downs, it was also one of the first racing locations to be individually accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety & Integrity Alliance program.  To read more about Churchill Downs saftey programs, please  click: Saftey From Start to Finish



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