TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Uncle Chuck

7) UNCLE CHUCK (c, Uncle MoForest Music, by Unbridled’s Song)
O-Karl Watson, Michael E. Pegram & Paul Weitman. B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $250,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSW, 3-2-0-0, $150,000.
Last Start: 6th GI Runhappy Travers S., SAR, Aug. 8
Accomplishments: 1st GIII Los Alamitos Derby, LRC, July 4
Next Start: TBD
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 20.

Uncle Chuck, undefeated in a pair of West Coast two-turn efforts, will get an immersion in the deeper end of the Derby prep pool when he travels cross-country for Saturday’s 10-furlong Runhappy Travers S. at Saratoga. This colt’s form got a boost this past weekend when stablemate Thousand Words, who had finished second to Uncle Chuck in the July 4 GIII Los Alamitos Derby, came back to wire the Shared Belief S. at Del Mar at 9-1 odds. This Bob Baffert trainee has fired three straight training bullets at Del Mar, but don’t overlook the in-race stamina seasoning Uncle Chuck got when he raced over the Los Al strip. At 1,380 feet, it’s the longest in North America.