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2010 Champagne Stakes Quotes



Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Uncle Mo (No. 1): “He’s obviously a very fast and talented horse and it looked as if he was doing it easily. In a perfect world you’d be going the first half in :48, in front three lengths, down the backside. We anticipated these solid fractions; the track was lively today. He’s just such a talented horse; he’s able to do things other horses can’t do.


[His future?] “The sky’s the limit. I don’t see how a horse could start a career more impressively than he has. His maiden was as good as I’ve seen, and then to come back and run 1:34 2/5 in the Champagne is unbelievable. His times have been exceptionally fast; he gets stronger as he goes along. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile would be the obvious goal. He’ll ship to Churchill Downs on the 26th and have one work over the track.”


Mike Repole, winning owner of Uncle Mo (No. 1): [On finally winning a graded race] “It’s been six years as a horse owner, but I’ve been coming here since I was 13, so it’s really been like….28 years and it just feels great. I won the first race today with Run to Grand Ave., who is named after the OTB on Grand Avenue that I used to run to as a kid. Then, Gerard Loves Beer [won the fourth race] – I have one brother, you can just imagine what he loves – and then a Grade 1, having forty friends and family here, is just amazing. It’s just surreal right now to have my grandmother, my wife, my parents here. It’s what horse racing is about. It just feels great. Obviously [Todd Pletcher] is the best in the business, there’s nobody better than him.”


John Velazquez, winning jockey aboard Uncle Mo (No. 1): “He broke well enough and I was trying to get him back a little bit. The other horse was right next to him and he got a little strong, but I didn’t want to choke him down. So I just did give and take with him and tried to get him to come back to me a little. Even though he went pretty fast he was doing it comfortably. Once we hit the three-eighths pole he kind of let go of the bit and relaxed. And then when I asked him at the quarter pole he was there. The instant I asked him he accelerated. He really did surprise me in how quickly he picked it up. He galloped out really well. How good can he be? I don’t know – we will have to test him. I wish he would have allowed me to get him back and put him behind horses to know that he can do it, but it’s hard to discourage him when he breaks that good.”


Rick Dutrow, Jr., trainer of runner-up Mountain Town (No. 5): “He wants to go further, the jock was saying, so we’re happy. On top of the list [for his next start] would be the Breeders’ Cup and the Remsen [Grade 2, $200,000, November 27 at Aqueduct].”


Cornelio Velasquez, aboard runner-up Mountain Town (No. 5): “My horse is a very nice horse. We ran very well and I think that with more races, my horse will get even better. I was set up nicely behind horses and when I asked he came hard but [Uncle Mo] is very nice, a freak of a horse.”


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