Lady Shipman

Golden Pal Returns to Winning Ways

The fleet-footed Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) rebounded from a disappointing effort at Royal Ascot with a gritty victory in Saratoga's GIII Troy S. Friday. Away in good order, the 1-5 favorite stalked from a two-wide third as True Valour (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) clicked off a :21.93 opening quarter. Moving up to draw alongside the top two turning for home, Golden Pal locked horns with True Valour as their temporary threat Carotari (Artie Schiller) quickly found the waters too deep and backed out of it. Those two battled stride-for-stride to the...

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“He's Here and He's Ready;” Golden Pal Restarts Final Campaign in Friday's Troy

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - Trainer Wesley Ward turned to football to explain why Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) has turned out to be what he has said is the best horse he has handled during his 32-year career. "Look at all the special running backs in history," Ward said. "What makes them so special? They are naturally blessed with talent is what it comes down to. They are extremely fast and a lot of them have the mind for it as well. He's got both." Nearly two months after a disappointing...

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Golden Pal Makes Seasonal Bow in Shakertown

 Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) gets his 2022 season underway Saturday in Keeneland's GII Shakertown S. Winner of the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint S. in 2020, the son of talented turf sprinter Lady Shipman (Midshipman) opened 2021 with a win in Saratoga's GIII Quick Call S. last July and failed to fire when seventh at York in the G1 Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe S. Aug. 20. Returning to winning ways in the GII Woodford S. back in Lexington Oct. 9, the bay wired the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint...

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Golden Pal Back and Still Brilliant in Quick Call

Golden Pal (Uncle Mo), off since a front-running tally in last year's GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland, returned as sharp as ever to dominate the GIII Quick Call S. on Saratoga's opening day card Thursday. Pounded down to 1-5 favoritism while making his first start since being acquired privately by the Coolmore partners and Georg von Opel's Westerberg from his breeder Randall Lowe, the bay looked like a winner every step of the way, clicking off splits of :21.92 and :44.88 without much company and cruising away...

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Wesley Ward Joins TDN Writers' Room

Holding a typically strong hand of 2-year-olds heading into Future Stars Friday at the Breeders' Cup Nov. 6, trainer Wesley Ward joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland Wednesday morning. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Ward talked about Golden Pal, the exciting son of Uncle Mo and Lady Shipman who figures to go favored in the Juvenile Turf Sprint, multiple group stakes winner in Europe Campanelle (Ire) and why he's so willing to run his fillies against the boys. Telling the story...

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Uncle Mo Colt Graduates in Style at the Spa

Golden Pal, still diploma-less despite two runner-up finishes and plenty of hype, put it all together Friday in Saratoga's Skidmore S. A close second at 1-2 odds on the Gulfstream main track Apr. 17, the son of turf sprinting phenom Lady Shipman was just tagged late after showing the way in Royal Ascot's G2 Norfolk S. June 19. He and stablemate Fauci (Malibu Moon) appeared to have this compact field at their mercy, and the public got it right in installing Golden Pal as the 2-5 chalk. Blasting out of...

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Second Chances: Uncle Mo Colt Targeting Royal Ascot

In this continuing series, TDN's Senior Editor Steve Sherack catches up with the connections of promising maidens to keep on your radar. The highly regarded Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) set a blistering early pace and had to settle for second in one of the first baby races of the season on the Gulfstream Park dirt last week. What's the confidence level like now surrounding the 2-year-old colt after getting upset as the 1-2 favorite on debut? "It's funny, about half an hour ago, I was booking airline reservations to Heathrow...

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Friday's Racing Insights: First Foal out of Lady Shipman Debuts at Gulfstream

2nd-GP, $65K, Msw, 2yo, 4 1/2f, 1:34 p.m. GOLDEN PAL (Uncle Mo), the first foal out of talented turf sprinter and 'TDN Rising Star' Lady Shipman (Midshipman), debuts for Wesley Ward. The Randy Lowe homebred RNA'd for $325,000 as a KEESEP yearling last year. Golden Pal worked four furlongs in :48 around the dogs over the Palm Meadows lawn in :48 (2/51) Apr. 11. "He's very fast," Ward said of the 7-5 morning-line favorite. Jacks or Better Farm homebred First Navy Admiral (Fort Loudon), a half-brother to champion Awesome Feather...

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