2011 Wood Memorial (G1)

4/9/2011, Aqueduct
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What the Nation is saying about the 2011 Wood Memorial (G1)...

Think back if you will to the morning of April the 9th, 2011. Everybody was talking about one horse. His name was Uncle Mo. Unbeaten and already a champion, so called pundits that will remain nameless (me) were still talking about him in glowing terms. “The best juvenile I’ve seen in a long time,” s...Read More
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  • Mike in SB · Why don't modern trainers use prep races? In the 70's and 80's most trainers would have run this horse in a 6 furlong allowance race 2 or 3 weeks before putting him in a tough stakes race like this. · 790 days ago ·
  • BrianZipse · You're right Mike, trainers do not do it like they did in the past, although Motion seems to be doing that tomorrow with Animal Kingdom. · 790 days ago ·
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. · 898 days ago ·
With a name like Norman Asbjornson, this horse better be able to run. Named after the 75-year-old founder of AAON, the three-year-old colt has a lot to live up to. Still CEO of the successful NASDAQ listed corporation, Asbjornson, the man, has proven himself a success on many fronts. A self-made mil...Read More
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  • likin sparks · A dissapointing 6th place finish and looked, better starting feeding him some pizza needs more energy. · 936 days ago ·
  • likin sparks · sorry...mean't to say looked a little sleepy in the paddock · 936 days ago ·
With all the wrong that takes place in racing, how can we possibly call ourselves The Sport of Kings? The good moments, the genuine trainers, and owners who give a darn are why, and one of those owners is Mike Repole.Read More
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  • JeffreyGreenberg · My second guess would be, try a little harder to get results. The name king reminds enough people what they should and should not be doing in life. · 1067 days ago ·
  • Kedez2012 · I'm personally a Repole fan and probably always will be, since I know him through my stepfather. Sure he's a bit cocky, but I think he just wants everyone to know how much he believes in his horses, as he ought to. · 1053 days ago ·
The question on everyone's mind is which horse can make a comeback? Every single favorite on this year’s Derby trail lost their final prep. Early in the year To Honor and Serve failed to recapture his juvenile form when he finished a lackluster third place in the Fountain of Youth. Then, in the fina...Read More
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  • FiveouttasixThoroughbred-Picks · I am on Stay Thirsty as well (same reasons you have written about)...will offer great value. as for not having a speed figure fast enough to win...none of them have a SF at a mile and a quarter! · 1079 days ago ·
  • DeadHeat · Nobody has great speed figs this year. AQ is a slow track, which is why, unless a horse runs an unreal race, i don't pay too much attention to final times or SF. The FD he had an excuse and didn't fire, which is why his SF's for that would be low. · 1079 days ago ·
Never mind the surprise which transpired down the Aqueduct stretch in the Wood Memorial, and whether Uncle Mo ran to his ability or not, my contention is there were other good horses in that field. In a race where more than one person used the dreaded “D” word to describe the opponents of Mo that da...Read More
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  • mshutty · Brian, did the connections confirm Comma to the Top will go on to the Derby? I remember the interview just prior to the SA Derby when Peter Miller indicated that his last race was the SA Derby because the horse needs a rest and can't get the 1 1/4 distance...do we have an "Derby Fever" reversal in play? · 1098 days ago ·
  • BrianZipse · After the SA Derby, it seemed very likely that the decision not to run had been reversed ... Derby fever is alive and well! · 1097 days ago ·
Why did Uncle Mo do less than expected in the Wood Memorial? Today we received some news from Team Uncle Mo that might help explain the sluggish performance. The following is their press release: Statement from Trainer Todd Pletcher and Owner Mike Repole Regarding Veterinarian Exam and Test Results ...Read More
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  • MarkRodriquez · I finally found it Brian, thanks. Big Brown didn't get much support. It seems the voters may have discounted his performances because of his trainer, Dutrow, who admitted giving 'Brown steroids before the KY Derby and Preakness but not before his flop in the Belmont. I'm sorry to say this but I think Pletcher is just as conniving and so is Assmussen. Out here in Cali, did you know that Sadler, Baffert, Hollendorfer, O'Neil regularily get dirty tests? AND IT'S THE TRAINERS WHO GET THE DIRTY TESTS THAT USUALLY LEAD IN THE TRAINER STANDINGS. DO YOU PEOPLE WONDER WHY HORSES ARE GETTING LESS AND LESS STARTS? BECAUSE THEY ARE JUNKIES BEING TRAINED BY DRUG DEALERS. SORRY, BUT I HAD TO LET IT ALL OUT, AND I'M HOPING YOU DO A BLOG ABOUT THIS. MANY BETTORS ARE SICK OF IT. · 1098 days ago ·
  • BrianZipse · Hopefully we are on the road to a cleaner sport, Mark. · 1098 days ago ·
Uncle Mo is unbeaten no more. In one of the more shocking upsets in recent years, Toby's Corner, a bay son of Bellamy Road, closed strongly between rivals and proved best late to score a one half-length victory in the Grade I Wood Memorial this afternoon in front of a stunned crowd at Aqueduct. Equi...Read More
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  • SportsMarshall · I think we can be here and debate all day whether Uncle Mo's pedigree is sufficient enough, and the similarities to the questioning of Secretariat's, whose stamina came from his Dam side. Much like it would have to come from Mo's Dam side, by Arch (Blame's Sire). Could be or not. I guess all the questions will be answered on May 7th. One thing I wouldn't question is the the training of the colt, I think Todd Pletcher has five Eclipse Awards more than any of us, and he should know what he is doing. So whether the portion of the left front foot that Uncle Mo took off leaving the starting gate was a reason for the loss, or something that the blood tests will show, we'll know soon enough. Secretariat suffered from a painful abscess about the size of a quarter when he lost the Wood, As for Mo, well try to run with un uncovered bliter on your foot for 1800 meters and tell me you can make it the whole distance without pain. Lets just see how it plays out before being judge and jury on Mo. A far as I see it now, the Derby its setting more and more for Dialed In and it makes it a superbly interesting Derby to watch. · 1103 days ago ·
  • footlick · SportsMarshall- Mr Pletcher said Uncle Mo grabbed a quarter in the Champagne. He obviously wasn't bothered by it then. Mr Pletcher also said the grab was miniscule and insignificant. Obviously he is not thinking that it bothered Uncle Mo. We will wait for the blood work to come back. · 1102 days ago ·
At the conclusion of the 2011 Wood Memorial, track announcer Tom Durkin announced, “The most shocking defeat in the Wood Memorial since Secretariat himself!” Shocking indeed. Read More
  • 12 Clip · The last time I checked it was Joe Vann who won the Illinois Derby not Zoebear. · 1102 days ago ·
  • IronMaidens · Yep, wishful thinking on my part, lol. I fixed it. I also keep forgetting that Easy Goer didn't win the Derby... · 1102 days ago ·
Attendance and on-track handle posted huge gains at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday as Dianne Cotter’s Toby’s Corner provided a stunning upset victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial.   A crowd of 12,144 witnessed the victory by Toby’s Corner, an increase o...Read More
Uncle Mo will try to follow in the footsteps of 11 others who captured the Wood Memorial en route to a Kentucky Derby victory in May. The undefeated son of Indian Charlie was made the 1-5 morning line favorite against 9 other overmatched rivals. Read More
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  • zxswordxz · Maybe we can see the same as 1973 when Secretariat ran third in the Wood. But I doubt that cuz the great Sec had an abscess in the wood. Why wasn't Mo firing on a cylinder? We'll find out in the derby. · 1104 days ago ·
  • ugozenyatta · agree, zxswordxz, but it could also be his pedigree. but we never know · 1104 days ago ·
The Wood Memorial is the last major New York prep race for the Kentucky Derby, and throughout its history has been a significant springboard to success at Churchill Downs. Beginning with Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox in 1930, 11 Wood winners have gone on to take the Run for the Roses.   Inclu...Read More
uncle Mo is sorta Seattle Slew-like, if he wins the wood like Slew, look for Duca or Arthur's Tale to complete the exacta
So how many lengths does Uncle Mo win by on Saturday???
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  • RussellMesser · 2 · 1106 days ago ·
  • dubby30 · TopTurf you seem very confused or you don’t play the semantics game very well. In your post – and I wont dwell on this for very long- you state, u’ve never seen him rate, your quote “4 races total” that would be all 4 races hes run in correct, then you say later that the BC was a very nice win, well that BC was 1 of those 4 races total that you mentioned where he never rated. Seems like you are confused, second, maybe you need to do some research and get an understanding of what the word rate means. Rating does not always refer to a horse having to be behind a wall of horses or settling off a horse, rating is also acknowledged as the horse relaxing and settling kindly for the jockey, which Mo did in the TW, I know it wasn’t a race I wanted to see him in, but if anyone wanted to go with him or push the pace to a :23 and :46 for the half they could have. Last, sometimes horses are good enough to get a good trip, especially when running against a less than stellar bunch, not the horses fault, just the fault of the breeders, who are breeding sprinters. Just food for thought, hey if you keep spouting nonsense you will continue to be held accountable for it. · 1106 days ago ·
By a nose !
My play,#5-Uncle Mo 1st,with #4-Arthur's Tale,#7-Duca,#8-Norman Asbjornson,#9-Isn't He Perfect $12 Tri.
Oh Uncle Mo is having a workout this weekend and getting paid for it!!!! NICE!!!!!
The field for the Wood is awful if Mo doesnt win.He shouldnt be an Derby 2nd or 3rd would not do.Hope He wins by 20 and goes in as the Derby fav so i can hit a big ticket when he doesnt hit the board
Another easy race for Uncle Mo, I think u have to race against stronger to find out what u have.
Gotta be uncle Mo this weekend in the Wood Memorial

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