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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty BC Classic Bound

Uncle Mo, who earned a preliminary 118 Beyer Speed Figure for his commanding three-length victory over Jackson Bend in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap; Stay Thirsty, who was third to Flat Out in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, and Life At Ten, last behind Havre de Grace in the Grade 1 Beldame Invitational, all were reported to be in good shape Sunday morning by trainer Todd Pletcher.

Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty will likely join forces carrying Repole Stable's colors in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 5.

"At this time, that is what we are thinking for both of them," said Pletcher.

Pletcher said the plan is for Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty to remain at Belmont Park and ship to Kentucky 10 or 12 days before the Breeders' Cup so they can have one work over the Churchill Downs surface.

"That's what we did last year," he said.

Pletcher said he was impressed by Uncle Mo's performance and not disappointed with Stay Thirsty's run in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

"It was a sensational effort; Uncle Mo at his best," he said. "Javier [Castellano] said Stay Thirsty didn't really like the surface, but at the same time I don't think he ran a bad race first time against older horses."

Sporting blinkers, Life At Ten led to the quarter-pole of the Beldame before giving way and finishing fifth in her most disappointing outing of the year.

"I have to speak to her connections tomorrow, but I am pretty sure she is officially retired," said Pletcher.

The 6-year-old chestnut mare, a multiple Grade 1 winner, is 8-6-4 from 22 lifetime starts and has earned more than $1.2 million.

 

 

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