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Uncle Mo begins Kentucky Derby preparations

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo, the early favorite for the 2011 Kentucky Derby, arrived at the Palm Meadows training facility in Boynton Beach, Fla., shortly after noon on Wednesday to begin preparations for his 3-year-old campaign.

Uncle Mo, who is certain to be named the Eclipse Award champion as top 2-year-old of 2010 when those honors are handed out in Miami next month, had spent the past month at Jimmy Crupi’s New Castle Farm in Ocala, Fla. Crupi picked out Uncle Mo for owner Mike Repole and had him for nine months prior to sending him to trainer Todd Pletcher last summer.

“He arrived in good, came in in great shape, and looks fantastic,” said Pletcher who was at Palm Meadows when Uncle Mo got off the van. “He might have gained a few pounds while he was in Ocala, but basically he looks like he’d never left and just the way you’d want him to look.”

Pletcher said Uncle Mo would go into light training at Palm Meadows beginning on Friday. Read More

 

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Only one in twenty five have won-so far. With a now guarenteed twenty horse field for the race. The Derby is about Post Position, track condition, weather and early pace. I am not sure the best horse in the race can always win the race.
How many "second comings" at two faded to obscurity at three? It is a very common scenario.
There's no question that Uncle Mo is a star in the making, and truly loves the conventional dirt. My only question is, a star at what distance? Don't get me wrong. I truly love this colt. He's been as impressive a 2yr.old as I've seen anywhere in racing over his first 3 career starts. He's just totally dominated all 3 field's he's raced against. I really hope on wrong about this? But his pedigree is what concerns me. As far as being able to get the distance required to make an effective run at the Triple Crown. I fear that Uncle Mo may be another Quality Road? Very dominant at a mile to 9 furlongs on conventional dirt. But unable to win at 1-1/4 and beyond. As I said, I truly hope I'm wrong. Because he looks, by far, the most talented of the juvenile colt's to this point. His sire, Indian Charlie, had never been known for producing great middle-distance offspring. His best foals have been primarily sprinters. I haven't really researched Uncle Mo's dam side of her pedigree that well, yet. Hopefully there will be some stamina on the dam side of his pedigree.
your an eternity away from the K D any horse running NOW is lucky to even start because of how fragile they are..thelast 2 years the K D favorite was scratched on the morning of the race in 2009 and about a month before in 2010... nutty putty
He can get that distance versus two year olds...Lets see how this one deals with the mature energy distributions of a strong field of seasoned three year olds
i think we are looking at our triple crown winner....i can only imagine if Uncle Mo and Kantharos would have met up in the Kentucky Derby
I think we are looking at a triple crown winner...i can only imagine what would of happened if Kantharos and Uncle mo would of met in the Kentucky Derby
Quality Road is a very good miler but at 1 1/8 he is just good. At a mile and a quarter he can't beat a 10k claimer but at a mile he is still great. your impression comes from watching a business decision to get higher stud fees. By that I mean even if he ran a credible 3rd or 4th in the classic they represent him as a classic distance horse and and stud fees are doubled. Consider this if they ran him in the dirt mile breeders cup it's nothing less than a walkover, same with Musket Man. Greed , greed and I don't give a **** about the fans.
No one ran the eyeballs out of Quality Road. It was obvious that he was both distance limited and a fragile sort.
How uncle Mo won is still mind boggling.All horses coming out of his races ran terrible.Pletcher must have some good stuff.I hope this horse doesnt end up like eskendraya.or like quality road when he ran his eyeballs out at gulfstream then was horrible after that. If you like him as a derby favorite you dont know much.
ran racing into the ground then balked at the contract with Oak Tree to kick them out where that ran since 1969 using his bankruptcy to get around contractual obligations. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/06/sports/othersports/06magna.html?_r=1&ref=frank_stronach
ore http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2010/05/14/stronach-control.html
Stronach is despised at all levels of racing OTHER than his breeding operation Adena Springs. Hew spent so much of his corporation's money on bogus race track expenses that his parent compay voted him OUT. http://www.thestar.com/business/article/805365--vote-could-loosen-stronach-s-grip-on-magna
humpy - you are a miserable old clown. WTF is there in the article to cause you to dump sh*t on Stronach?
Definitely talented enough barring nice preps, ability to avoid injury, post position on Derby Day and a good trip. The preps will tell all I think.
We know he likes Churchill. We know he'll get 1 1/8 miles. He will probably even get 1 1/4 miles, but will he flourish at that distance or get there all on talent? Does he have enough to win the Derby? What do you guys think?

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