Friday's Racing Insights: Baffert Loaded As Santa Anita Re-Opens


'TDN Rising Star' Tale of the Union returns to action Friday | Benoit


Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency

4th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo/up, 5fT, post time: 2:41 p.m. ET
UNCLE GEORGE (Uncle Mo), a $310K acquisition out of the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-Bred Sale, gets his career started for Jump Sucker Stable and trainer Christophe Clement. The bay colt is a half-brother to fellow Empire-bred Epping Forest (Exchange Rate), who defeated open company at first asking sprinting five furlongs over the Belmont turf and was runner-up in the 5 1/2-furlong Coronation Cup S. at the Spa in 2017. Uncle George's dam was a half-sister to MGISW Vicar (Wild Again) and SW Sheepscot (Easy Goer), the dam of G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains hero Astronomer Royal (Danzig) and Navesink River (Unbridled), who won the GII Pan American S. over the local turf course in 2005. TJCIS PPs

3rd-SA, $51K, Alw/OC, 4yo/up, 5 1/2f, post time: 4:30 p.m. ET
TALE OF THE UNION (Union Rags) fetched $90K at the 2017 FTNAUG sale before being hammered down to Michael Lund Petersen for $900K at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2YOs in Training Sale. The bay makes his first racetrack appearance since August 2018, when he validated 9-10 favoritism and earned the 'TDN Rising Star' tag when romping home by nine lengths over this distance at Del Mar. Tale of the Union's third dam Dreamscape (Mt. Livermore) was a full-sister to two-time champion sprinter Housebuster. TJCIS PPs

9th-SA, $50K, Msw, 3yo/up, 5 1/2f, post time: 7:30 p.m. ET
BIG MEL (Quality Road), a son of stakes-placed Emmy Darling (Hennessy), was purchased by Spendthrift Farm for $800K at KEESEP in 2018, the third-priciest of 47 of his successful sire's yearlings reported as sold that year. Bred on the same cross as GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Hootenanny, Big Mel enters this debut off back-to-back bullet works, including a best-of-13 six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 May 10. The female family includes champion 2-year-old Brocco (Kris S.). TJCIS PPs

Not a subscriber? Click here to sign up for the daily PDF or alerts.