Mike Repole, owner of top Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) candidates Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty , struck early during the opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. He purchased a $325,000 colt by champion Uncle Mo’s sire, Indian Charlie, during the auction’s first hour March 15.
“I’m hoping this horse I bought today is going to be the best Indian Charlie I own,” joked Repole, who then added: “I listened to my executive team: my racing manager Jim Martin; Ed Rosen, my pedigree guy; and Todd Pletcher, who loved the way the horse moved. At the end of the day, I just write the check.
“We are just trying to buy some nice horses that can run and we can have some fun with,” he continued. “Todd really liked this horse a lot. He was probably Todd’s favorite horse of the day -- maybe for both days -- and we were going to get him.”
The bay juvenile breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 prior to the auction.
“He had an exceptional work and an exceptional gallop out,” said Pletcher, who trains both two-time grade I winner Uncle Mo and recent Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Stay Thirsty. “I remember the horse from last September (at the Keeneland September yearling sale). I liked him then and still like him now.”
Pletcher signed the sale ticket for the six-figure juvenile as agent.
The colt, who is a full brother to the winner Charlie’s Song, is out of the unraced Storm Creek mare Eva’s Melody. She is a half sister to grade II winner Straight Man (by Saint Ballado) and stakes winner Al’s Helen (by Distinctive), who is the dam of grade III winner Pure Precision (by Montbrook ) and two other added-money winners: Circus Charmer (by Manila) and Blazed Star (by Gate Dancer), who also is a stakes producer.
McKathan Bros., agent, consigned the colt. Future Bloodstock purchased him for $77,000 from Eaton Sales, agent, at the 2010 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Paramount Sales, agent, offered him at the Keeneland September auction, where he was a $77,000 buy-back.
Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds and Richard Nip bred the colt in Kentucky.