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Chris Paynter's Olympic Mojo

March 29, 2017 

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Photos by Jakob Michael Berr for ESPN

The thrill of owning a Thoroughbred and seeing your horse race is a unique experience. And, to compete at the highest levels of the sport is a personal exhiliration all to itself.  

Chris Paynter knows about both. Since the age of 10, Chris has been an athlete in the Special Olympics in numerous discplines: Power lifting, track and field, swimming, and alpine skiing.  Starting in 1995, Chris took his competitive abilities to the highest levels when he participated in the International Summer Games at New Haven, CT and he won 3 gold medals in power lifting. Since then, Chris has gone on to compete in four other World Summer and Winter Games where he achieved 5 additional gold, 5 silver, and 2 bronze medals. (Chris' combined total international medal count is 15.)

Chris, his mother, Ellen, and his father, Dean, are Partners in Mojo's newest racing group that includes the trio of 2YO Runners: Brickyard Baby, Thermistor, and Tags to Riches that Mojo purchased from the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and are stabled with Mojo's Trainer, JR Caldwell, at Lone Star Park in preparation to begin their racing careers this year.  

In a recent interview with The Oklahoman, Mrs. Paytner explained that her goal was to introduce Chris to sports at an early age "to keep him healthy and physically fit.  In doing so, the love of competition just blossomed naturally." Along with his olympic aspirations.

Chris' latest championship pursuits took him to the Austrian Alps where he competed in the World Winter Games during which he won gold in the Giant Slalom and silver in the Slalom.  In addition to his athletic achievements, Chris was also able to fulfill a life-long personal dream of visiting Salzburg and the sites featured in Chris' favorite movie "The Sound of Music".

As Chris relived scenes from the movie at the Mirabell Palace, Mr. Paytner told ESPN The Magazine Senior Reporter, Alyssa Roenigk: "He's been looking forward to this for so long. Watching his expression all day when he saw something new that he recognized in the film was priceless."

Asked if the trip to Salzburg was as good as winning gold, Chris replied: "Almost." 

Chris is definately an active fella, and when he's not standing on the podium, he works full time for a sensitive documents destruction company, trains four days a week, plays in golf tournaments, and competes in mini marathons.

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Mojo Background

Mojo Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC (which conducts its racing operations as Mojo Racing Partners) is based in Fort Worth, TX and was formed in 2006.  Since then, Mojo has raced at Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Delta Downs, Ellis Park, Indiana Downs, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Lone Star Park, Oaklawn Park, Prairie Meadows, Remington Park, Sam Houston Race Park, and Turfway Park.  Mojo’s on a mission to give people affordable and fun opportunities to participate in the exciting sport of Thoroughbred racing.