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Breeders' Cup 2017

Uncle Mo Has a GI Tract Infection

Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 23

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 on Uncle Mo.

(Todd Pletcher) “Although it is not my standard practice to share a horse's examination results with anyone other than the owner, I feel that Uncle Mo's disappointing  performance in the Wood Memorial warrants an explanation. After his three extremely impressive starts as a two-year-old and his dominant performance in the Timely Writer S. in  March, the Wood Memorial was an uncharacteristically poor effort.  On Tuesday, we did a number of tests and pulled some blood work.  Late yesterday, both Mike and I spoke with the vets, who concluded that Uncle Mo has a GI tract infection, and we began treatment immediately.  The vets also concluded that Uncle Mo is perfectly capable of returning to full training while the treatment continues.  He will ship to  Churchill Downs on April 18th and will have two works before May 7th.  If I do not feel  that Uncle Mo is 100% for the Kentucky Derby, both Mike and I agree that he will  not run.  My main focus is to return Uncle Mo to optimum health in the next 23 days, and I am optimistic that we can accomplish this goal.”

(Mike Repole) “I am relieved that the vets were able to find a reason why we got a disappointing performance from Uncle Mo in the Wood Memorial. I, like all racing fans hope that Uncle Mo will be 100% on May 7th and in the starting gate at Churchill Downs.  Though it has been a lifelong dream to run and win the Kentucky Derby, if Uncle Mo is not 100%, we will skip the Derby and go right to the Preakness. I have the utmost confidence in Todd, his staff and Mo's team of veterinarians. We all appreciate everyone's concern and care for this wonderfully gifted champion."


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Thanks Mark ... yeah I think Spectacular Bid wins that poll. So if I start from 1989, I still think Sunday Silence wins rather easily. The last 20 years may be more interesting.
  • juststacey · Safety pin my ass! He couldn't get the distance. PERIOD! Spectacular Bid did not deserve to be in the ranks of Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed et al. · 2378 days ago
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.
  • juststacey · If they are regularly getting dirty tests then why aren't they being suspended or banned?! I'm not doubting you, it just pisses me off this this continues to be allowed to happen!! · 2378 days ago
Hopefully we are on the road to a cleaner sport, Mark.
I put it up yesterday, Mark ... last 20 years.
Brian, I think Sunday Silence comes in second place to Smarty Jones. I just loved that horse's tenacity. He refused to lose. He wasn't bred all that well, but that makes him even greater. Do the poll, let's see what people think . . .
Well if you can't knock the horse I guess you knock the trainer. Ppl LAT was check and cleared by not only Pletcher but vets as well. The only thing that symptom she exhibited was slugishness. If even a vet clears her how is Todd supposed to guess anything? How is Johnny V supposed to guess anything else. If Todd had pulled her for no reason other than slugishness how would he explain that to an owner? I know horses that tend to just get quiet when it's dark out or if night time. Johnny could've gotten in trouble with both Pletcher and the owner had nothing turned up. He would've gotten question by the stewards too. Unless trainer or jock sees actual lameness it is very easy for them to get in trouble for a late scratch. On the bringt side, if you can call it that, I'm glad Mo had a legit reason for his perfromance and that the "no excuse, he's just overrated" naysayers have no been proven wrong.
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  • MarkRodriquez · Hey Brian, I have an idea for your next poll: Of all the horses who won the KY Derby and the Preakness but lost the Belmont in the last 40 years, which one was most worthy to be a TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION? Charasmatic? Big Brown? Smarty Jones? War Emblem? Silver Charm? Sunday Silence? Real Quiet? And any others I forgot . . . · 2382 days ago
  • MarkRodriquez · PS, you could also put Spectacular Bid in there but don't. He comes from the GOLDEN DECADE OF HORSE RACING AND WOULD WIN HANDS DOWN. Start from Sunday Silence. · 2382 days ago
just like life at ten! surpirse dead last and a fever in the bc. just sounds more careless.
thought there had to be something wrong, he never kicked.
Well surprise, surprise!! Uncle Mo suddenly comes up with a mysterious infection just one day after every major racing web-site in America pronounced him fit as a fiddle from all of his post-Wood Memorial testing. I smell a major Todd Pletcher con job going on here. Once again, Pletcher and that overblown ego do whatever is necessary to save face!! JMO.
Why didn't Charismatic deserve it? Because he wasn't undefeated? He possibly could have won had he not broke his leg MID-STRETCH.
Uncle Mo is gettint unlucky at the wrong time. What about the rumors he had surgery earlier this year? I hop I'm wrong, it would be nice to hava a Triple Crown Champion, but it has to go to a horse that truly deserves it. Smarty Jones fit that category, Charismatic doesn't fit. I'm not a big fan of horse trianers in general, many of them decieve the public. Pletcher has had some questionable incidents recently. But good luck team Mo, I wlll be betting against you but if you win and win big, I'll admit I'm wrong and jump on the bandwagon for the Preakness. Mo's loss in the Wood shows how hard it is to stay undefeated and only makes Zenyatta's streak seem greater. My KY Derby horse is the horse that beat Mo, Toby's Corner. A handicapper on youtube pointed out that Toby didn't want to pull up on the gallop out after the race. It seems Toby should have no problem going the Derby distance. The Factor is sure to be dominating speed that could be a big problem for 'Mo and could set it up for a closer. Im from California and can admit the West is weak this year. In fact, I don't think this crop of 3 year olds is anything special. Mo can prove me wrong!
Skeptical yes, but many were being downright rude about the whole thing. They didn't even wait for any results to come back and it was all "Uncle Slow." It's ok to want to wait before handing over any race, especially the Derby, but to get rude about it is uncalled for as well.
It's OK to be skeptical ... I think we all need to wait and see how this plays out.
All I know is that Uncle Mo didn't seem his calm cool self as he normally does now weather the GI tract infection effected him that much not sure but you can relate his preformance other then I know I would not want to run if my stomach was bothering me. The whole race he didn't see like his normal self
Well we know that Mo would leave his races on the work out track with bullet works every time. Thats for sure.
How good will MO be if he were to be trained by bob baffert?
Love the Naysayers, did you all have the same thoughts after Dialed In lost to allowance horses lol?
Lets hope that Uncle mo isnt one of those horses pushed too far!
Not sure we can trust anything coming out of the Pletcher camp on Uncle Mo. If he had surgery after the BC Juvenile, why was that kept hush hush? If he makes it to the Derby, what a great bet against. No horse has ever won the Derby limping in with ailments.
  • iThoroughbred · Lets just hope that he gets better. Yes Pletcher is a bit sketchy with his stories but for the horses' sake lets hope things go well for Mo =) · 2383 days ago
I thought he grabbed a quarter. Then again, maybe the "magic carrots" that didn't for for Quality Road and LAT in the Breeder's Cup didn't work for Mo this time out. It's not a good sign when the excuses change. This is too nice a horse. Time to give him to a new trainer.

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