Mogge Stable named “Barn Crew of the Month”
Indiana Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and Texas Corral of Shelbyville, Ind. have teamed up to provide “Barn Crew of the Month” at Indiana Grand. The second recipient this season is the team behind the Wayne Mogge Stable, who received the honor for the month of July.
The Mogge Stable is currently made up of 15 horses on the backstretch at Indiana Grand. Mogge relies on four members of his team to care for the horses. Rafael Nunez has been with Mogge for 18 years and serves as the main groom along with Alfonso Lopez, Jesus Valenzuela and exercise rider Victor DeLeon.
“I couldn’t do it without all of the guys that work for me,” said Mogge following the winner’s circle presentation by Brian Elmore, executive director of the Indiana HBPA. “They all work really hard and keep the barn looking great.”
Keeping a neat and clean shed row is one of the criteria for the selection of “Barn Crew of the Month.” The team of judges also looks for care of the horses as well as overall presentation of the stable.
For being selected as the July “Barn Crew of the Month,” the members of the Mogge Stable received $200 to Texas Corral, a co-sponsor of the promotion. Texas Corral is located off Exit 111 in Shelbyville on Route 9. They provide all types of fare, from steaks and ribs to a wide array of appetizers and drinks. The facility also stays open late to provide a nice option for racing fans following the races at Indiana Grand.
The Mogge Stable relocates to Tampa Bay Downs at the conclusion of the Indiana Grand meet each fall. Mogge, a native of Walton, Ky., keeps a wide range of horses in his barn, including standouts such as Huntstown, a multiple stakes winning Indiana bred with earnings in excess of $300,000.
The Anthony Granitz Stable was the first recipient of “Barn Crew of the Month.” Other honors will be awarded the final Saturday of the month Aug. 25 and Sept. 29 along with the final “Barn Crew of the Month” award for 2018 set for Saturday, Oct. 20.