Uncle Mo

Big Books and Breaking Records

The setting of new sire records in the modern era tends more than not to be a direct consequence of ever-greater book sizes. But they must still be acknowledged as legitimate breeding benchmarks as they will inevitably feature some outstanding performances. Just look at Mehmas (Ire)'s tally of first-crop 2-year-old winners this term. Currently on 56 winners, he is already 17 clear of Iffraaj's old record and in normal circumstances we might be entitled to expect his record to stand for many years. It may well do, but his strike...

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Sunday Insights: $675K Uncle Mo Debuts at Gulfstream

3rd-GP, $50K, Msw, 2yo, 5f, 1:05p.m. Repole Stable, St. Elias Stable, Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith's SHAFTESBURY (Uncle Mo) kicks off his career for Todd Pletcher, who already owns 16 training titles at the South Florida oval. Out of the stakes-winning Lemon Kiss (Lemon Drop Kid), the $675,000 KEESEP yearling purchase is a half-sibling to Grade I-winner Lochte (Medaglia d'Oro). TJCIS PPs 7th-GP, $50K, Msw, 2yo, f, 7f, 3:08p.m. Todd Pletcher sends out a pair of wel-bred first-time starters, led by Charles Fipke's UNBRIDLED D'ORO (Medaglia d'Oro)....

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Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Dec. 12 & 13, 2020

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this weekend running at Chukyo and Hanshin Racecourses: 2nd-HSN, ¥9,680,000 ($93k), Maiden, 2yo, 1800m AMERICAN PEACE (c, 2, Tapit--La Cloche, by Ghostzapper) is one of at least four runners by this sire entered this weekend for owner Katsumi Yoshizawa of Master Fencer (Jpn) fame...

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King for a Day to Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions

Multiple stakes-winning King for a Day (Uncle Mo--Ubetwereven, by French Deputy) will begin his stud career in 2021 under the management of Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC in Saratoga, New York. He will stand for $6,000 Live Foal Stand and Nurse. Bred and raced by Stephen P. Brunetti's Red Oak Stable, King for a Day won last year's Sir Barton S. and defeated champion Maximum Security (New Year's Day) to win the Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park. He was a narrowly beaten second while concluding his racing career...

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Well-Bred Uncle Mo Filly Gets Going At the Big A

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 4th-Aqueduct, $80k, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 1m, post time: 1:45 ET AUNT KAT (Uncle Mo) cost owner Carl Pollard $410,000 at Keeneland September in 2018 and is the latest to make the races for her multiple graded-stakes winning dam, who has already been responsible for GSW 'TDN Rising Star' Mufajaah (Tapit) . The filly's Grade III-winning second dam is People's Princess (Meadowlake), a full-sister to GSW & GISP Meadow Flight. Aunt Kat is bred on the same cross as champion and leading 2020 freshman sire Nyquist....

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Saturday's Insights: Pricey War Front Colt Out of Ky Oaks Winner Debuts at Tampa

1st-Gulfstream Park, $50K, Msw, 2yo, f, 1mT, post time: 12:05 p.m. ET The rail-drawn Flaxman Holdings homebred PANGAEA PROXIMA (Temple City), a half-sister to millionaire and Gulfstream Park GIII Palm Beach S. hero A Thread of Blue (Hard Spun), gets her career started. Her worktab includes a pair of bullet breezes at Graham Motion's Fair Hill base. Amerman Racing homebred Caribe Bean Moka (Uncle Mo), a daughter of GI Longines Just a Game S. heroine Coffee Clique (Medaglia d'Oro), debuts for Brian Lynch. TJCIS PPs 8th-Tampa Bay Downs, $21K, Msw,...

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From the TDN Look: Keeping the Faith, Victor Martinez Believes in King Guillermo

Five-time MLB All-Star Victor Martinez is following a dream with King Guillermo-- already a graded stakes winner who, after a seven-month layoff, is set to return to Grade I company.  King Guillermo (Uncle Mo) will be in a tough spot when he starts in the GI Cigar Mile H.at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old colt hasn't raced since May 2 and has never faced older horses. That's fine by his owner, retired MLB All-Star Victor Martinez. "I'm not a big believer in favorites," he said. [tdn_vimeo_embed title="Victor Martinez Talks on King Guillermo"...

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Uncle Mo Firster Wins Easy in Big Easy

8th-Fair Grounds, $47,000, Msw, 11-27, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.15, ft, 3 1/4 lengths. SWIFTSURE (c, 2, Uncle Mo--Island Saint {GSP, $133,860}, by Speightstown) had lit up the Fair Grounds main track in his two most recent morning trials--a bullet five furlongs from the gate in :59 4/5 (1/24) Nov. 13 and five-eighths in 1:00 flat (2/45) a week later--and was no secret at 11-10 to get his career off on a high note. Very alertly into stride, the dark bay colt set a pressured pace down inside from the much more...

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Uncle Mo's Envoutante All by Herself in Falls City

Envoutante added to a big year for both her trainer and sire, turning in a dominant front-running performance under the Twin Spires Thursday. Wasting no time seizing the early advantage from her rail post, the dark bay doled out opening splits of :24.25 and :48.95. She shut the door on her competition heading for home, and cantered clear from there to assert her superiority. Odds-on Bonny South, who took the GII Fair Grounds Oaks earlier this term and was most recently second to Envoutante's stablemate Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil) in the...

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Body & Soul: Don't Look Now… Well, Maybe We'd Better

This business about sire lines has been driving your correspondent a bit nuts for the past 40 years, dating from when he first came to understand the realm, initially through the discourses of the great analyst Dr. Franco Varola and the estimable author Abe Hewitt. In those days we all not only relied on the historical database of a rather limited number of stallions but also on the patience needed to assess the long-term impact of form, function, and pedigree. You had Phalaris and Swynford, then Nearco and Hyperion, then...

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King's Stand Target for Golden Pal

Breeders' Cup hero Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) is targetting the G1 King's Stand S. as his long term goal. Second on debut, the Ranlo Investments colourbearer filled that position again in the G2 Norfolk S. at this year's Royal Meeting before returning Stateside to take the Skidmore S. at Saratoga in September. Brought back to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup, he turned in a solid effort to win the G2 BC Juvenile Turf Sprint on Nov. 6. Another likely Royal Ascot contender is Stonestreet Stables' G1SW Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB})....

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Caracaro Retired to Crestwood

'TDN Rising Star' Caracaro (Uncle Mo--Peace Time, by War Front) has been retired from racing and will take up stud duties in 2021 at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm for a fee of $6,500 LFSN. Campaigned by Global Thoroughbred and Top Racing LLC and conditioned by Gustavo Delgado, the bay was a six-length second-out winner at Gulfstream in January. He was second by a neck in Saratoga's GIII Peter Pan S. in July, and completed the exacta in the GI Runhappy Travers S. Aug. 8 while earning a 101 Beyer Speed...

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