Sunday, October 16, 2011


We all know who the current superstars of racing are, the ones that capture the hearts of fans. There’s Frankel, Havre de Grace, Goldikova, and a few more. Missing from that brief list is Uncle Mo.
Photo: Terri Cage
For over a year now, Uncle Mo has garnered many loving fans. It’s all because there is something special about Uncle Mo. Maybe it’s the spark in his eye, the determination he runs with, or the way he stretches out his neck and strives to reach the wire first. Likely, it’s a culmination of all these things and the presence he possesses. His charisma has led to a big fan base.
Sunday morning, Uncle Mo turned in a bullet work at Belmont Park in his first work since his scintillating win in the Kelso Handicap (GII). Traveling five furlongs in an official clocking of 58.64, the three-year-old son of Indian Charlie flew home. Daily Racing Form timed him in 22.96 for the final quarter mile. Though Pletcher, Repole, and Velazquez weren’t aiming for such a quick work, Uncle Mo was. Despite John Velazquez not pushing him, Uncle Mo sped through the work to record the quickest of thirty-three works at the distance.
The colt is turning into a monster. He seems to be getting better and better, which is scary, considering how good he already is. Uncle Mo has the “it factor.” He’s not just something special, he’s something great. I’m expecting a tremendous performance from him in the Breeders’ Cup. He has his work cut out for him, especially against the likes of Havre de Grace and Flat Out, but the other horses don’t have it easy, either.
Uncle Mo is coming into the Classic with more momentum than ever. And it’s not just a little bit of momentum, it’s a huge amount of Mo-mentum.

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