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Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty Ready to Rumble

Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty led a parade of stakes-bound workers for trainer Todd Pletcher this morning, with Uncle Mo covering five furlongs in 59.95 as he prepared for the Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s Bishop and Stay Thirsty going the same distance in 1:01.73 in his final serious breeze for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on Saturday.

 

With jockey John Velazquez aboard, Uncle Mo came onto the Saratoga main track at shortly after 6 a.m. Working in company with Curlin Stakes winner Turbo Compressor, last year’s juvenile champion was caught in fractions of 12.47, 24.31 and 36.01, pulling past his workmate at the wire and galloping out strongly.

 

Uncle Mo’s breeze was the third-fastest of 41 at the distance, while Turbo Compressor was clocked in 1:00.34.

 

“I thought it was another very good work,” said Pletcher. “I worked quite a few horses in the first set and the track is pretty consistent to the way it’s been playing, which is somewhat demanding and not real fast, but he seemed to handle it real well. He finished up good and galloped out strongly, so I think we are right on schedule. I don’t think he could be training any better.”

 

Uncle Mo has not raced since he finished third in the Grade 1 Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial on April 9, after which he was scratched from the Kentucky Derby with a liver disorder. Today’s work was his sixth since returning to training last month with the seven-furlong Foxwoods King’s Bishop as a primary target.

 

“Based on the workmates he has been breezing with, all indications are he is a very fit horse,” said Pletcher of Uncle Mo, who like Stay Thirsty is owned by Mike Repole.

 

A few minutes after Uncle Mo breezed, Stay Thirsty, winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy in his most recent start, worked in company with Super Espresso. With jockey Javier Castellano in the irons, Stay Thirsty was clocked in fractions of 12.87, 24.66 and 36.84 as he worked in company with Grade 1 Personal Ensign-bound Super Espresso, who broke off behind Stay Thirsty and was timed in 1:01.49.

 

“It was almost an identical work to what he did before the Jim Dandy,” said Pletcher of Stay Thirsty. “A good steady progressive 1:01 and change with a strong gallop out, moving really well. We were very happy.

 

“Based on the work this morning, I would say he is as good as he was [going into the Jim Dandy], if not better going into [the Travers],” added the trainer.

 

Among others working for Pletcher were Schuylerville winner Georgie’s Angel, who covered five furlongs in 1:01.72 as she continues preparations for the Grade 1 Spinaway on September 4; Her Smile, who went four furlongs in 52.43 with an eye on the Grade 3 Victory Ride on Travers Day; Hilda’s Passion, clocked in 1:00.24 for the Grade 1 Ballerina, also on Travers Day; Mission Impazible, four furlongs in 48.76 for the Grade 1 Woodward on September 4, Rule, who has also been mentioned as possible for the Woodward, four furlongs in 48.20; Aikenite, pointing for the Grade 1 Forego, four furlongs in 48.20, and Sidney’s Candy, five furlongs in 1:00.56.

 

Pletcher said the next start for Sidney’s Candy, winner of the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap on the grass last time out, was still undecided.

 

“The Forego [seven furlongs, September 4] is a possibility, as is the Woodward,” said Pletcher. “Most likely his next start will be on dirt.”

 

 

 

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