Uncle Mo Mania Rages through Middle America

March 19, 2011 04:17pm
Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 50

Think Uncle Mo Mania is a phenomenon that can only be found in racing’s hotbeds? Think again! Just look what’s happening in Quad Cities, Iowa…




Horse Racing Nation asked the community for a video cheering Uncle Mo onto victory in his three-year-old debut, the Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park last Saturday. The video judged to be the best would win a $250 future pool wager on Uncle Mo for the 2011 Kentucky Derby. We are proud to announce that the video sent in by Andrew Demsky and Elliot Sweitzer has been chosen winner of the Show Us Your Uncle Mo-Jo Video Contest.

Uncle Mo contestAndrew, 23, filmed his buddy, Elliot, 25, watching Uncle Mo, after learning of our contest, because he knew he would “go a little nuts.” As you can tell, Andrew was right on the mark.

Andrew became a big fan of racing in the last few years after finally relenting to his grandfather’s passion for the game.

“He’s been following the game for 50 or 60 years,” according to the contest winner.

Falling in love for racing also came easier for Andrew when he moved back to Long Island, a short drive from Belmont and Aqueduct, giving him easy access to get to the track. He has been to all the New York tracks, and although he moved last fall to Iowa to take a position with the single A baseball team, the Quad City River Bandits, he remains a passionate fan of racing.

As far as Uncle Mo, Andrew likes his chances for Kentucky Derby glory, but he would like to see him face some tougher competition in the Wood Memorial to get him ready for the Derby. The fact that Uncle Mo adorns blue and orange silks, like his beloved Mets, and that owner Mike Repole is a St. Johns grad like his father, helped him happily jump on the Uncle Mo bandwagon. He rates Mucho Macho Man and Soldat as the two other colts with a big chance to win on the First Saturday in May.

When I asked him if he will make the trip back home for the Wood, he replied, “I would love to, but my work will keep me in Iowa. I will make sure my father and brother are there though, and taking plenty of pictures.”

A regular reader of Horse Racing Nation, “I love all the past performance information, I can find there,” Andrew plans to be watching the Wood Memorial from Iowa with Elliot. Let’s hope he has video camera on again, because watching Elliot “go a little nuts” for Uncle Mo is almost as much fun as watching the race itself.

 

 

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Older Comments about Uncle Mo Mania Rages through Middle America...

Great stuff! That's what horse racing is about - getting fired up!
Great job, and congratulations! A thoroughly enjoyable display of abundant emotion and body language!
WINNING!! Elliot reminds me of a boy "pitching" a World Series game in front of his TV. what a hoot!
Hilarious, a little bit crazy, but funny all the same.
Congrats to Andrew and Elliot!
Absolutely loved the video! Well deserved winner. I felt like I was right there with him - my heart was even racing listening to him.
"Wait for it..wait for it...Go to the whip! Go to the whip!" LOL!!!!
Over the top for sure, but ... I liked it!
This is hysterical! Congrats to the winner...he definately deserved it!!!

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His new racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

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