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Uncle Mo Is Still the Horse to Beat in the Derby

Uncle Mo is being touted as the horse to beat in the upcoming Kentucky Derby on May 7. In fact, the undefeated two-year-old champion that ran away with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by more than four lengths is renewing serious talk of a potential Triple Crown winner this year, an accomplishment not seen since Affirmed’s sweep in 1978.

The pundits will surely be watching as Uncle Mo makes his three-year-old debut this Saturday, March 12, in the Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream. So will his owner, Mike Repole, 42, who has the distinction of having a second horse—Stay Thirsty—in the Derby by virtue of that horse’s win in the Gotham Grade III race at Aqueduct last Saturday, March 5.

Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty are both trained by Todd Pletcher, who has another Derby entry, Brethren.

Posted March 8, 2011

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