Mo Strike

Ryvit Secures First Stakes Win At Oaklawn

Ryvit (Competitive Edge), recorded his third victory in-a-row at Oaklawn Park on Saturday afternoon and his first stakes win for the Heiligbrodts. After a debut second Apr. 13 at Keeneland, the bay colt was third May 5 at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Juvenile S. Taking a break, he returned to action in Hot Springs Feb. 18 and was a well-beaten sixth before winning against restricted auction company Mar. 25. Stepping up against optional claimers, the Steve Asmussen trainee won from off-the-pace by 2 lengths Apr. 14. Facing a well-backed...

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Five of Six Have Hopeful Claims

The curtain falls on the 40-day Saratoga meeting Monday afternoon with a field of six set to head to the post for the GI Hopeful S. And a legitimate case can be made for all but one of the juvenile colts signed on. Half of the Hopeful field have already been accorded 'TDN Rising Star' honors and Gulfport (Uncle Mo) could well go favored for Steve Asmussen and the Heiligbrodts. The $275,000 Fasig-Tipton July purchased could not have looked better in his first two career outings--a seven-length debut at 1-2...

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Patience is Key as Tessa Bisha Develops Next Class of Cox Stable Stars

Impressive GIII Sanford S. victor Mo Strike was the first Brad Cox-trained 2-year-old to make it to the winner's circle at Saratoga this year, but the son of Uncle Mo probably won't be the last. At last year's meet, Cox saddled five juveniles winners at the Spa, including the future multiple stakes-winning filly Bubble Rock (More Than Ready). In recent years, the Cox barn's arsenal of talented 2-year-olds has rapidly developed in terms of both quality and quantity. While many of the stable's runners have reached future success alongside their...

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Uncle Mo Colt 'Strikes' In the Sanford

Mo Strike (Uncle Mo) was the second 8-1 shot to win a graded event at Saratoga Saturday, taking his record to two-for-two with a victory in the GII Sanford S. Away in good order from the six-hole, the bay rushed up to contest the pace alongside Curly Jack (Good Magic) with 'TDN Rising Star' Andiamo A Firenze (Speightstown) to his outside through a :22.59 opening quarter. They ran three abreast on the backstretch run, registering a :45.94 half-mile. Great Navigator (Sea Wizard) tried to break through that trio in early...

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Pricey 'Mo' Colt Gets it Done at First Asking

4th-Churchill Downs, $120,955, Msw, 6-19, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:04.77, ft, 3/4 length. MO STRIKE (c, 2, Uncle Mo--Featherbed {SW & GISP, $227,904}, by Smart Strike), a $325,000 OBS April acquisition off a :10 flat breeze, was installed the public's tepid 5-2 pick Sunday among a strong-looking bunch. Off alertly from the far outside, the bay sat perched three deep early and sidled up to the pacesetter after a :22.82 opening quarter. He took a narrow lead into a :46.35 half, and fended off second timer Summonyourcourage (Practical Joke) to prevail...

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