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Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty Breeze for BC Classic

Breeders' Cup Classic-bound stablemates Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty turned in their penultimate breezes for the November 5 race over Belmont Park's training track Sunday morning, with Uncle Mo covering six furlongs in a relaxed 1:13.22 and Stay Thirsty working five furlongs in 1:01.01.

Owned by Mike Repole, Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty are scheduled to depart for Churchill Downs early Monday morning along with the rest of trainer Todd Pletcher's New York-based Breeders' Cup contingent, including Stopshoppingmaria and Finale, who also worked Sunday.

Stopshoppingmaria, who Pletcher said is under consideration for the Juvenile Fillies or the Juvenile Sprint, went five furlongs in 1:01.41 in company with Windsurfer, while Finale, who is bound for the Juvenile Turf, worked four furlongs in 48.66.

Going out shortly after the second renovation break under jockey John Velazquez, Uncle Mo's breeze was decidedly different from last week's bullet 58.64 move, which was his first since he returned to the winner's circle on October 1 with a victory over older horses in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap.

"We broke him off at [6 ½ furlongs] just to get him off in a relaxed fashion," said Pletcher. "It worked out well. Last week, there was another horse [in front of him] that he had as a target. Today he had a nice open track with no distractions.

"I liked the way he did it," added the trainer. "We were looking for a kind of longer, steadier, more relaxed first part. I thought he broke off really kindly. Johnny had a nice hold of him. He was relaxed, and doing it settled. It was a good, rhythmic breeze where he settled into a nice stride. He kind of kept clicking them off exactly the way we'd be looking to do in the Classic, so I thought it was perfect."

Grade 1 Travers winner Stay Thirsty, most recently third in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, had Javier Castellano in the irons as he went in company with Caixa Eletronica, who is probable for next Saturday's Grade 3 Bold Ruler at Belmont.

"I thought Stay Thirsty worked really, really well," said Pletcher. "Historically he's not as eye-catching a work horse as Uncle Mo. It was a very, very good, solid, aggressive work. He finished up well and galloped out great. It seemed like he was very willing throughout. It was set up to be a more serious work [than last week], and it was."

Pletcher added that while he thought Stopshoppingmaria's work itself was good, he was not impressed with the way she galloped out.

"I thought it was a little lackluster," he said. "Mike [Repole] and I talked about it a little bit after the work, and it might open up the option of the Juvenile Sprint. We might pre-enter her in both races, and take a look. We won't make a decision until she breezes at Churchill.

"I thought in the Frizette she ran well [second as the favorite] but it was not as good as we expect her to run," added Pletcher. "I'm not sure if that had anything to do with the distance, or maybe she was a little flat. We'll maybe rethink it."


 

 

What the Nation is saying about Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty Breeze for BC Classic...

Okay, I see he's supposed to travel on Monday. Let him run behind horses on that CD track.
I think Mo looks great, and very relaxed. When are he and Thirsty heading over to Churchill Downs to work out?
Glad they stretched him out and that he was more relaxed.
Video of Uncle Mo's work + Pletcher/Repole interview included in this article at bottom.

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