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Uncle Mo Slight Favorite in Breeders' Cup Classic

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Uncle Mo gets the 5-2 morning line nod over Havre de Grace in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

Two-year-old champ Uncle Mo has overcome health problems to be the improbable favorite in the biggest race of the year. The Pletcher/Repole runner was forced to miss the Triple Crown series with an intestinal problem and has been a force since returning at Saratoga. He ran too good to lose in the G1 King's Bishop and exits a visually impressive score in the G2 Kelso at Big Sandy. He has yet to win beyond a mile and a sixtenth so Saturday's ten furlong trip is a question he must answer.

Havre de Grace will take on the boys but that should not pose a problem because she beat the gents in the G1 Woodward at the Spa in September. She tuned up for this with a facile triumph in the G1 Beldame and tries to become just the second female to ever win the BC Classic. 

G1 Jockey Club Gold cup hero
Flat Out will try to turn the tables on Havre de Grace. The fantastic filly got the jump on him in the G1 Woodward but the ten panel trip might even the odds. He is training well for this engagement but both wins this year occurred at Belmont Park.

Overseas invader
So You Think gives conventional dirt a whirl for Aidan O'Brien. The classy New Zealand-bred has captured eleven graded/group events on turf in Australia, Great Britain, and Ireland from seven furlongs to a mile and five sixteenths. Saturday marks his third start in five weeks but he seems to thrive on activity and can compete here if he handles the footing.

To Honor And Serve is stuck out in unlucky post thirteen and figures to attend the pace with railsitting longshot Prayer For Relief and G1 Goodwood winner Game On Dude. The Mott trainee exits back-to-back sharp prominent throughout wins including the G2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept 24.

PA Derby runner-up
Ruler On Ice deserves a look at a big price. The surprise G1 Belmont Stakes winner gave To Honor And Serve ten pounds and showed newfound rallying ability over a speed favoring surface at Parx last time. He will be finishing under Garrett Gomez.

Stay Thirsty hit his best stride at Saratoga this summer with wins in the G2 Jim Dandy and G1 Travers. He was last seen landing the show in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and must prove he can fire a big shot away from his New York home.

The remainder of the Breeders' Cup Classic field consists of Drosselmeyer, Ice Box, Rattlesnake Bridge, and Headache. 



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I meant horses entered, sorry, spelling mistake.
I believe he meant horses entered not races but I may be wrong.
mjt.....sorry.....still trying to figure out what you were implying.
hate to change the subject but I was analyzing Havre de Grace's PP and saw that she never won a race with more than 7 other races (8 total), so if this rings true in the Classic, then maybe we have a big opening for the winner.
Z also won 2 out of 3 BC races. Indian Charlie got the distance why not his son with strong dose of stamina from his dam's side.
I was meaning more about H.O.Y and how defensive people get when she is discussed.
tim.....if i recall correctly, z had won this race the year before, and was proven to be able to get 10f.
1 minute to post look up and look at Mos odds. Im betting he is the favorite. So why is this so strange? Z proved that sentiment goes a long way in horse racing , same thing for MO
Uncle Mo was unlucky to draw the 12 post for the Classic. If he tries to be on or near the lead out of the gate, this early energy use may be his undoing in deep stretch.
"PR" horses like that are always underlays...Crowd is not sophisticated and jumps on the bandwagon from the talking heads
I agree with you Craig, I don't think he will be post time favorite. In my opinion he should have been the co-second or third choice but not favored.
ml is opinion based only. how does a horse that has never been 10f become an unproven favorite?

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