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Breeders' Cup 2017

Repole Discusses Stay Thirsty, Uncle Mo

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Sunday morning, owner Mike Repole reflected on his Travers winner and the path that he has taken since running as a 2-year-old last year at the Saratoga meet.


“Last year, I firmly believed and told people that Stay Thirsty would like longer distances and really improve as a 3-year-old,” Repole said. “After the Belmont Stakes, people dismissed the race; they said it was a strange distance, the slop, he beat tired horses. It wasn’t until the Jim Dandy that people started giving him his due. That was his first ‘wow’ race, but he had a pretty easy trip.


“Yesterday, with the way the race played out, he had to run the entire mile and a quarter, Repole noted. “He stumbled at the start, dragged Javier to the lead, was pressured by Shackleford, had to fight to keep his position. I mean, he fended off opponent after opponent and wasn’t in a comfortable spot until he crossed the wire. It was a gutsy, brilliant performance. I said on Wednesday at the draw that if one of four horses – Coil, Shackleford, Ruler On Ice, or Stay Thirsty – won the Travers, they would separate themselves in the 3-year-old champion race, and I think Thirsty did just that. He was a half a length from sweeping the Belmont Stakes, Jim Dandy, and Travers, and he is just getting better and better.”


Repole was equally as proud of what his 2010 Champion Two-Year-Old Uncle Mo did in the Foxwoods King’s Bishop, and stressed that before any additional plans are mapped out for him, he’ll have to be closely watched.


“ Uncle Mo ran a really special race yesterday,” Repole said. “He had 150 days on the shelf, lost 150 pounds and had to put it back on, and then lost a shoe in the race. It was a brilliant performance. If he had won yesterday, he probably would have been a candidate for the comeback story of the year.


“Considering what he has been through, we have to really see how he comes out of the race,” Repole continued. “We will need to check his weight, his blood, and really make sure everything is 100 percent. If he comes out of the race well, and continues to do as well as he has the last six weeks in Saratoga , then we could have a horse that could run in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile or Classic. But again, he is a horse that considering what he has been through, we have to see how he comes out of the race before we make any types of plans.”


Repole also realizes how fortunate he is to have two superstars like Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo running with his colors.


“I’m not naïve, I know I could be in the game for another 50 years and not have a horse as talented as either Stay Thirsty or Uncle Mo. I know how fortunate I am, and I have seen the highest highs and the lowest lows, even yesterday was a rollercoaster in the span of 30 minutes. But the Travers is one of the top four races I would want to win. Knowing that my silks will be up on the jockey statue all year, and my colors will be on the Travers canoe...that hasn’t really sunk in yet.”




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QUESTION? To the best of my knowledge routes at Saratoga for the last 2 meets have not had a last quarter under 26 seconds. Yesterday ST went in 25 1/5. This has been nagging at me as I know the track has been tiring for horses running routes. Does anyone have any idea? TY
  • ruffed grouse · I galloped and worked horses over the Saratoga surface for many years and this is what I can tell you. The track it's self is very hard but it is also on the dead side no spring to it at all. You see year after year the 2 yr olds getting shins on the main, that is why you see so many horses actually training on the training track or on the main side what they call Clair Court which is 3/8 , also a training track. Horse's that have problems which most good one's do, feel every one of them by the time they turn for home couple that with fatigue and horses start to stop . To me Stay Thirsty had a bid advantage with a race over the track and some horse's like it that way, to feel their feet rattle as we used to call it. This year they had to much surface to help with breakdowns in my opinion, there are more in the mornings than people realize, but they did scrape the inside to speed things up before the travers, it was a much faster surface than it was say for the whitney. · 2247 days ago
Annmatt, DRF had him quoted, not saying that he would be retired, but that Repole would not be surprised if this was his last race. I do belive that Repole made that comment in the heat of the moment, and possibly before he knew about the thrown shoe. However, nobody can read minds, which is why i wrote what I did. The jist of the letter was basically to say if you are considering retirement, please throw it to the wind, and he did.
  • GoTexas · Yeah, we know that sometimes in the heat of the moment, stuff comes out of our mouths that we wish we had not said. Remember Bob Baffert calling Plum Pretty 'Plumb Ugly'??? I could have smacked him. Same thing with Mike. Something about 'engaging brain before mouth' comes to mind.... · 2247 days ago
Brian, what was the meaning of the chatter about Repole being quoted in USA Today that he might retire Uncle Mo? His most recent comments merely said he would have to check to see how Mo recovers from the effort in the Bishop. That is certainly normal for any horse coming out of a big race. Did he just mispeak in his initial disappointment that Mo did not get the win? Was he quoted right after the Bishop and before the Travers? I mean the news went viral that he might retire Mo and the response was immediate from all quarters, pretty much blasting him for even considering that he be retired because he didn't win the Bishop. Your site even posted an open letter to Repole, so from racing insiders to amateurs alike, the message was pretty clear: say it isn't so! I happen to be a fan of Repole and think he's good for racing....just was so surprised at the aftermath of the race and his intemperate (?) remarks. My head is still spinning!
Repole wants to keep uncle mo and stay thirsty seperate. As hard as it is to believe, Stay thirsty probably is better now than Uncle Mo. Certainly He is better at 1 1/4. Look for Uncle Mo to run in and win BC Dirt Mile. And Stay Thirsty if he wins a loaded Jockey gold cup field at 1 1/4 could go off as BCC favorite. What a day for Repole to win 2 BC races with mo and thirsty. Looks like a golden and rare opportunity to single 2 of the pick 6 races.
icyhotboo- I agree. Don't know what is up with routes at the Spa. Hope you have a great day too
ty footlick you are correct. The reason I asked that question is that for the past 2 meets "I can't remember a horse in a route going better than 26:" Thats also why I stay away from the closers there. I may be mistaken but it looked like in the Travers just a bunch of tired horses with more of those in front coming back than being overtaken with the obvious exception of Stay Thirsty. havea nice day
icyhotboo- ST final quarter was 26 1/5. His mile split was 1:36.76 and the final time was 2:03.03, unless I saw the fractions wrong. I have no answer as to why the final quarters in routes are continually slow, but maybe somebody connected to the track maintenance can answer that.

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