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2011 Kelso Handicap (G2)

10/1/2011, Belmont Park
Post Time:
4:33 PM ET
1 mile (Dirt)
3+ M
*Rank is current Power Ranking among all active horses, based on highest HRN rating. Rating is based on HRN member voting.

What the Nation is saying about the 2011 Kelso Handicap (G2)...

This week Scott Dick, of Hoosier State of Mind, teams up with Joe DePaolo, of Fast Times at Belmont Park, to ask the the Uncle Mo question ... Use 'Em? Or Lose 'Em? Read More
  • KyOaksRunner · I loved this, it's such a good format and the questions asked and answered were really informative and insightful! I agree with Scott on this one. Uncle Mo's lack of foundation this year worries me, but not his pedigree. I'll be rooting for him in the Classic. · 981 days ago ·
Who will win this year's Breeders' Cup Battle of the Sexes?Read More
Uncle Mo adds the much needed spice to this year's Breeders' Cup Classic ...Read More
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  • GoTexas · Oh yeah....GO MO! I have to laugh. Thinking back to those dark times when Mo was in 'rehab' at WinStar. I was following Mo's status as much as I could on Facebook. There were LOTS of messages every day from lots of people just wanting to know how he was doing. Every now and then we'd get an update or, better yet, a VIDEO of our boy. I think I made a comment one time about wondering the the WS folk had any idea what they were getting when they had 'MO in the house'. So many fans just love this colt (me too!). We've always considered him a champ! · 989 days ago ·
  • likin sparks · You can call me crazy if you please, not that it hasn't been done before but if we had a healthy Mo for the Triple Crown then we would most likely see the new champ and HOTY. MTC · 989 days ago ·
There would be five grade one races, but I was most looking forward to the Kelso Handicap, which was a mere grade two event ... The Kelso was where Uncle Mo was running. Read More
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  • footlick · DeadHeat-the track, according to many, Belmont became more tiring as the day went on. It is a whole different ballgame running 10 furlongs than even 9 furlongs. That is all I am pointing out. · 1008 days ago ·
  • Mike in SB · There is going to be a lot of speed in the Classic, it could be like last year where all the early leaders finished way back. I think the Kings Bishop showed that Mo could rate off the pace and the Kelso showed that he is getting fit. He has a big shot to win the Classic. · 1008 days ago ·
It’s been a long, hard, and more than frustrating task to piece together the puzzle of Horse of the Year, but it seems that finally, at long last, the fog is clearing and leaders are emerging. Read More
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  • Mike in SB · I thought Havre de Grace's win was the most impressive of the weekend by far, and with Flat Out winning the Gold Cup, she has to be the favorite for the Classic. Actually a lot of the Breeders Cup races are starting to look pretty good. Havre de Grace, Uncle Mo and the rest in the Classic makes it look like a better race now than it did a few months ago and the Ladies Classic looks wide open now. If the Arc Winner comes over and So You Think runs in the Classic this could be a very good Breeders Cup. · 1010 days ago ·
  • DeadHeat · Mike I completely agree about the Classic. The fact that you have some definitive stars now makes the race come up much better. I mean with the list of horses i said in my blog, there are what 6 grade one winner heading for the race? Makes it look much more competitive. · 1010 days ago ·
To the cheers of his many fans at Belmont Park, heavily favored Uncle Mo returned to the winner’s circle on Saturday with a rousing three-length victory over Jackson Bend in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap.Read More
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  • likin sparks · Uncle Mo earned a preliminary Beyer of 118, not to bad considering it was done in a swamp. He also controlled the pace and when challenged by JB down the stretch shifted gears when needed but didn't achieve his beast mode, if he would have had to turn it on he would have won by 10 lengths or better. · 1011 days ago ·
  • HORSEFACE · Uncle Mo top effort's will come up short at a 1 1/4 distances he is not a 10furlongs.... · 1011 days ago ·
Uncle Mo!!
Track Muddy
On “Super Saturday,” Uncle Mo returns to the scene of his first career stakes victory as he continues on the comeback trail in the Grade 2, $200,000 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park.Read More
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  • jinlie01 · Uncle Mo looks ready to finally get a big win..short field but some tough competition in here. Like Golddigger's Boy to make a solid run. · 1012 days ago ·
  • DeadHeat · JB actually does have the speed to try and push Mo along if Zito doesn't want him to get too easy of a lead. With no solid sprint leader, a good second here would not lose it for JB should a unpset take place in the Vosburgh. My main thing is how will some of these handle the mud if it pours in NY? Many top horses in each of the big races haven't ever run over mud. So it should make things very interesting. · 1012 days ago ·
Godolphin Racing's Sangaree will be scratched from Saturday's Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont after developing a cough, assistant trainer Rick Mettee said Friday. "He started coughing yesterday, and he continued this morning," said Mettee of the 6-year-old son of Awesome Again, who was listed at 6...Read More
Charles Fipke’s Jersey Town was caught by NYRA clockers breezing six furlongs in 1:11.15 Sunday morning as the 5-year-old tuned up for his match against Uncle Mo and Jackson Bend in next Saturday’s Kelso.   Trainer Barclay Tagg said the work was faster than he expected but was otherwise pleased...Read More
Jackson Bend and Ice Box worked Sunday morning at Saratoga Race Course as Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito prepares them for starts in the Grade 2, $200,000 Kelso Handicap and the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, respectively.   Jackson Bend, a 4-year-old son of Hear No Evil, ...Read More
Mike Repole's duo of Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo turned in five-furlong breezes Sunday morning at Belmont Park for their respective races on Super Saturday, October 1, the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational and the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap. Read More
  • medlocke · Mark my words. Stay Thirsty will fare a lot better in this year's BC Classic than Uncle Mo will. Mo is not anywhere near ready for a run at the Classic this season. Pletcher and Repole are asking a lot of Mo to run 1-1/4 at Churchill Downs, which is one of the most demanding 1-1/4 of any track in the country, with only one run over 7f coming off of a long lay-off. Which saw him battling a life threatening liver ailment besides. I'm not really sure what Repole and Pletcher are thinking here? But Mo should definitely have been toward the Dirt Mile this year. The winner's share of the Dirt Mile purse, which I feel like Mo would dominate, is a lot better than no share of the Classic purse. Uncle Mo won't even make the frame in this year's Classic. He'll run about 8-1/2 or 9f of the Classic strong. Then he'll fade like old ink in the final 1 or 1-1/2f. TJMO. · 1025 days ago ·
  • HORSEFACE · when uncle mo get's beat in tthe classic it's ok..... Repole & Pletcher will have a good excuse for that uncle mo is a good horse and that is not goin to be enough to win the breeders cup classic comeing off of two prep races not going longer than one mile, UNCLE MO is no super horse and he would have to be superman to get that job done, but dont worry the trainer and the owner are thnking of a good excuse to sell the fans why MO couldnt get the job done. · 1024 days ago ·
I know my writing is known for generating debates, getting people talking, sometimes rather heatedly. I know I can come of sarcastic, pushy, and sometimes arrogant. However, underneath all of that the fan in me emerges every so often to get completely swept away in the pure love, passion and excitem...Read More
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  • gocashking · I don't buy that a horse lost because it "couldn't see" its opponent. It's a convenient excuse similar to the dreaded "cuppy track" in my opinion. I see thousands of races every year where horses CAN see there opponent going by and it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference. · 1031 days ago ·
  • ohio adversary · Although probably irrelevant to the debate, I'd like to add that horses are unable to see objects that are directly in front of their faces--a "blind spot" due to the eyes being positioned so far apart. Just a little equine trivia! · 1030 days ago ·
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out both of his star Mike Repole-owned 3-year-olds for Sunday workouts as they prepare for their next assignments. Read More
  • medlocke · I may very well end up being completely off base with this assessment? But I get the feeling that Todd Pletcher is going talk Mike Repole into running Stay Thirsty in this year's B.C. Classic and Uncle Mo in this year's B.C. Dirt Mile. I think when all is said and done, Pletcher will convince Repole that with the long absence that befell Uncle Mo this year, he's just not going to be ready for a run at the Classic over 1-1/4? But from what we saw in the King's Bishop, looks like he could certainly run a big race in the Dirt Mile? I get the feeling, provided he stays healthy, that Mo's Classic shot is more likely to happen next year instead of this year? JMO. · 1032 days ago ·
Are Mike Repole and Todd Pletcher tipping their Breeders' Cup plans by running Uncle Mo in the Kelso?Read More
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  • DeadHeat · It could go either way still, IMO. Personally I would have loved to see him in the Sprint. The Mile is good, but still does not seem to hold the prestige that the Classic or Sprint does. If the connections do opt for the Classic I would not count him out. He is that talented and proffesional. He showed he could rate last out, that he doesn't need to be right up on the pace all the time and that will help him a great deal. Those who harp on his breed only have Indian Charlie as their primary argument, even though Mo has Arch as a grandsire, who goes back to Kris S, who was also in the pedigree of Zenyatta and Rock Hard Ten. Blame had Arch for a sire and could get 10f very well. Indian Charlie may not be the best distance sire, but his foals can typically get up to 8.5f on average and he has on occasion had a good distance runner, Fleet Indian being one. So there is stamina there. · 1034 days ago ·
  • HORSEFACE · Here we go...... with the Mo Joe.... HYPE.... he will never get a 1 1/4 not in this life time so count him out write a new chapter in history how? He did not run in the kentucky derby or any classic race and look like he will not face the best of the best in the BCC....so i say he is runnin out of time on makein history likin sparks and the dirt mile will be no walk over!!! not with T.C & J.B in the race. · 1034 days ago ·
Nick Zito was still aglow this morning over Jackson Bend’s victory in the Grade 1 Forego, which, coupled with his win in the James Marvin on opening day, provided the Hall of Fame trainer a neat bookend for the meet.Read More

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