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.
I can almost see a repeat ride for Johnny Velazquez this year on THAS as he did last year on Eskendereya. 2nd or 3rd from the outside avoiding traffic and letting him loose on the home stretch. Nice rivals, but unproven ones. As long as this horse if fit, as it looks to be, he should win it.
I believe a possible outing could be the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream on March 12, a G3 with $150K and 1800 Mts distance, could suit him well as a prep for the Florida Derby. Paddy O' Prado won it last year.
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