Uncle Mo Continues His Return in the Kelso on Oct 1st.

Uncle Mo will make his next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Kelso Stakes at one mile.
 
 
 
 
31st Running on Saturday, October 1, 2011
3-Year-olds & Up  $200,000 1 Mile (Turf) Grade:II
 
Forced to miss the Kentucky Derby due to what was subsequently diagnosed as a rare liver disease, Uncle Mo returned from a four-month layoff to run a strong second – beaten a nose by Caleb’s Posse – in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga. Originally, next Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx was mentioned as the next spot, but Pletcher and Repole like the idea of running at Belmont and the one-turn mile as opposed to the 1 1/8-mile two turns at Parx, a surface Pletcher said can be “a little bit peculiar.’’

“I ran a couple of horses in the Smarty Jones that didn’t run very well; little factors like that play into your thinking,’’ Pletcher said, referring to the prep race for the Pennsylvania Derby. “Just felt like at this stage after having one seven-eighths race that this is a good progression – a tougher race than the Pennsylvania Derby – but a good progression.’’

Last year, Uncle Mo won the one-mile Champagne before winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, a two-turn, 1 1/16-mile race at Churchill.

In Sunday’s work, Uncle Mo went in fractions of 12.32 seconds, 24.16, 35.39, and came home in 24.13 seconds. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.97 and seven eighths in 1:27.

“Right now, I’d say he’s got a really good foundation,’’ Pletcher said. “He’s had two exceptional works since the King’s Bishop, he has one more breeze and then a mile race; we’re developing a lot of foundation that could have us ready to go a mile and a quarter. We know he loves Churchill.’’

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2 Responses to “Uncle Mo Continues His Return in the Kelso on Oct 1st.”

  1. Jason Says:

    We continue to hope Uncle Mo is back to where he was…. GO MO.

  2. Jason Says:

    Looking for Uncle Mo to finish the come back and roll.

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