Uncle Mo went wire-to-wire over
four overmatched rivals in Saturday’s Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
The Timely Writer field was
reduced to five after expected pace player Madman Diaries scratched, leaving Uncle Mo
as the controlling speed. The Todd Pletcher trainee set pedestrian fractions of
:25.53, :49.58, and 1:13.69 after a bit of an awkward start under John Velazquez.
Rattlesnake Bridge tracked
the pace from the outside and made a run at Uncle Mo
after seven furlongs in 1:24.94.
Uncle Mo quickly spurted away
and Velazquez took a confident look back as he crossed the line 4-1/2
lengths in front of Rattlesnake
Bridge, who was clearly
Gallant Dreams finished 3rd
and was followed by Rocking Out and Schoolyard Cat.
Overwhelming favorite Uncle Mo
stopped the clock in 1:36.56 and paid $2.10 to win. The Repole Stable colorbearer is expected to make his next start in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 9.