As the 2011 Kentucky derby approaches the horses will begin to establish themselves as horses true contenders or flashes in the pan. One horse that will be hot on the Derby trail is Uncle MO.
Uncle MO has an amazing trainer in Todd Pletcher who nailed the Kentucky Derby in 2010 with Super Saver along with getting the 2010 Eclipse Award so you know he will bringing his A game to get another champion in 2011. He also is credited with the 1st filly to the Belmont Stakes in 102 years!
The owner Mike Repole who made his fortune with Vitamin Water feels he has purchased one of the best in Uncle Mo which is by far his most exciting race horse to date.
Uncle Mo’s sire is Indian Charlie who was undefeated through 1 1/8 mile in Santa Anita so has some good heart but only got 3rd in 1998 before getting injured. There is no proof that he can handle 1 1/4 miles with current pedigree but some of the prep races may show he is the real deal!
In late last year this horse has two very solid races under his belt and in early to mid March we will see Uncle MO race again. On October 9th in the Champagne Stakes @ Belmont G1 with one mile Uncle Mo proved he was a great breaking horse who as a heavy favorite in a G1 and challenged #1 position all the distance with a finishing strong drive.
On November 6, 2010 Grey Goose Breeders Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 G1 Uncle Mo stayed just off the leader stalking a striking victory winning easily with an explosive drive down the stretch winning easily.
Uncle Mo will be racing in the Timely Writer Stakes in Gulf Stream park on March 12, 2011. This race only has 6 horses that will be going at it as they are having problems finding contenders for Uncle MO. This horse appears to bet getting better with age has it has been working out beautifully. Tod Pletcher stated he would throw a stable mate in the race if he had to. We will see if Uncle Mo throws the gauntlet down March 12th and shows what he is made of.
On March 12th Uncle Mo in the Timely Writer facing against a field of 6 horses showed what he was made of. With the small field lacking challengers to face Uncle Mo he was impressive going off at a highly favorite at 1-9 leading wire to wire. Rattlesnake Bridge was the only horse in the race that showed some guts against Uncle Mo but still fell short to the main favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Check the race out below~
If Uncle Mo can prove he can handle the longer distances this horse could really be strong in the running for the roses in the first weekend of May. We will see if Uncle MO has what it takes.