Race of the Week 2017

Stay Thirsty, Uncle Mo Lead Pletcher Workers

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.

Jim Dandy and Travers winner Stay Thirsty was clocked in 1:01.75 under jockey Javier Castellano, while 2010's Juvenile Champion Uncle Mo was caught in 59.44 beneath exercise rider Patti Krotenko.

"I thought both horses worked exceptionally well," said trainer Todd Pletcher. "Uncle Mo is obviously a brilliant horse that's capable of doing fast things very easily and that's kind of what we've come to expect in his breezes. Stay Thirsty may be a little less ambitious work horse, but he's very consistent the way he was breezing leading up to the Jim Dandy and the Travers. He finds a good rhythm and just keeps going."

After going to the sidelines with a liver ailment that kept him out of the Triple Crown this spring, Uncle Mo was nipped at the wire by Caleb's Posse in his comeback race, the Grade 1 Foxwoods King's Bishop at Saratoga Race Course on August 27.

Also on the worktab for Pletcher was Candy DeBartolo's Life At Ten, a four-time graded stakes winner who will attempt to defend her title in the Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile Beldame Invitational on Super Saturday. Most recently third in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap behind top older females Blind Luck and Havre de Grace, Life At Ten was recently outfitted with blinkers, which she wore while breezing six furlongs in 1:12.15 on Sunday at Belmont.

"Life At Ten had a good breeze," said Pletcher. "We've put blinkers on her for the last two works and it seems to have sparked her interest a bit, so we'll probably run in the Beldame with those on."

Among others breezing for Pletcher on Sunday at Belmont were Katy Now, who worked a half-mile in 50.62 toward a start in Saturday's Grade 2 Foxwoods Gallant Bloom and Grade 1 Mother Goose winner Buster's Ready, who covered five furlongs in 1:02.43 toward the Grade 2 Cotillion at Parx Racing on October 1.


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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.
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.

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