'TDN Rising Star' Famed (Uncle Mo), currently best known as the half-sister to champion Essential Quality (Tapit), looks to forge her own path as she takes on stakes company in the GII Golden Rod S. at Churchill Downs Saturday. Runner-up in her six-panel debut at Churchill Sept. 26, the dark bay broke through next out with a 7 3/4-length decision going seven furlongs at Keeneland Oct. 30.
Famed will have to contend with impressive Rags to Riches S. winner Sandstone (Street Sense). Third behind next-out Debutante S. winner and stablemate Behave Virginia (Unified) in her Churchill unveiling May 28, the dark bay romped by nine lengths next out when extended to a mile beneath the Twin Spires Oct. 3. She ran away with the Rags to Riches last time Oct. 31, cruising home a 10 3/4-length winner over the re-opposing Yuugiri (Shackleford), who adds blinkers this time. McPeek also saddles Hal's Dream (Exaggerator), who rallied from last to first to graduate at first asking at Keeneland Oct. 20.
Dream Lith (Medaglia d'Oro) looks to make amends after finishing fifth in both the Sept. 5 GI Spinaway S. and Oct. 8 GI Darley Alcibiades S. The well-bred filly captured her career bow at Saratoga Aug. 8 and adds blinkers for this start.