TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


11) MODERNIST (c, Uncle MoSymbolic Gesture, by Bernardini) O-Pam & Martin Wygod. B-Wygod Family (KY). T-Bill Mott. Lifetime Record: 5-2-0-2, $388,800.
Last Start: 3rd GII Louisiana Derby, FG, Mar. 21.
Accomplishments Include: 1st GII Risen Star S., FG, Feb. 15.
Next Start: Uncommitted. Equineline PPs KY Derby Points: 70.

Modernist battled for the lead and won the slower division of the Risen Star S. in February, earning an 84 Beyer under favorable tactical circumstances. Then he ran third from the 14 post in the GII Louisiana Derby while giving up significant real estate with wide trips on both turns. He’s been in next-race limbo ever since with no published workouts. Trainer Bill Mott has compared this Uncle Mo homebred favorably to 2019 Derby winner-via-DQ Country House, although this colt seems more comfortable as a forward factor as opposed to Country House’s off-the-pace style. Mott said recently that Modernist is likely to resurface in a to-be-determined race in New York once racing resumes there.


3rd GII Louisiana Derby
1st GII Risen Star S.
1st Maiden
3rd Maiden
5th Maiden