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Uncle Mo Arrives for Breeders' Cup

Four Breeders’ Cup hopefuls trained by Todd Pletcher, led by Mike Repole’s probable Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic starters Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty, arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday at 9:52 a.m.

“Everyone arrived in excellent order,” said assistant trainer Michael McCarthy, who oversees the Churchill Downs barn for Pletcher, who is expected to be at the Louisville track Tuesday for training hours. “They all look great.”

Uncle Mo, the 2010 champion 2-year-old colt, returned to the Churchill Downs backstretch for the first time since missing this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) with a rare liver ailment. The bay son of Indian Charlie will enter the Classic off a dominating performance in the Kelso Handicap (GII) at Belmont Park on Oct. 1.

Stay Thirsty, who captured the Jim Dandy (GII) and Travers (GI) at Saratoga this summer, finished third behind Flat Out and Drosselmeyer in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI) in his first try versus older horses. In two races beneath the Twin Spires, Stay Thirsty was fifth behind his stablemate Uncle Mo in the 2010 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) and 12th in the Kentucky Derby.

Also arriving at Pletcher’s Barn 34 Monday morning were Repole’s Stopshoppingmaria, who will pre-enter the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) or the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint following a runner-up performance in the Frizette (GI), and Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Finale, winner of the Summer (GIII) at Woodbine who will pre-enter the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GII).

All four of the probable Breeders’ Cup starters breezed Sunday at Belmont Park prior to boarding the plane to Louisville Monday morning. Training plans for this week at Churchill Downs have not been finalized.



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MO is good but i dont think that he's going to win the CLASSIC!!!
Will Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo be sharing odds for the Classic?
The link broke as I was opining!!! I was trying to say, I found his 3rd in the JCGC encouraging in that it left him hopefully with some gas in the tank for a big effort for the Classic! I'm in agreement with Repole: I hope it's a dead heat for Thirsty and Mo!! I'm also pulling for the filly, HdG, and there are several others I have followed all year, so I have divided loyalties going into the Classic this year. I want them all to run good races, to finish near the front, but I know in all likelihood, there will be only 3 horses that can finish in the money and I will be happy and sad all at the same time!! Most of all, I pray they all come home safe run continue their racing careers into 2012!
Stay Thirsty may just be peaking for his next "big race"! I found his 3rd in the JCGC actually good,

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