Pletcher: Uncle Mo 'On Track' for Derby
by Ron Mitchell
Date Posted: 4/26/2011 9:07:31 AM
Last Updated: 4/27/2011 2:45:35 PM

Uncle Mo
Photo: Joe DiOrio

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo   is showing every indication that he is on track for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and has recovered from a gastrointestinal tract infection that was detected following his first career loss.

"In the last 96 hours we’re seeing signs around the barn he is back to his old self,” Pletcher said the morning of April 26 following the colt’s workout at Churchill Downs. “This morning’s work indicates he is on track.”

Working in company with stablemate Calibrachoa, the son of Indian Charlie breezed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5, with splits of :13 1/5, :25 2/5, :37 2/5, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15 3/5. Regular rider John Velazquez was aboard for the work shortly after the track opened for training. It was his first work since finishing third in the April 9 Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial (gr. I).

The champion 2-year-old male of 2010, Uncle Mo was the front-runner for the Derby before yielding the lead to finish third to Toby’s Corner in the Wood. It was the first loss in five starts for the colt and subsequent veterinary tests revealed the infection.

While Pletcher was pleased with the April 26 work and said Uncle Mo’s appetite has returned to normal, he cautioned that every day between now and the Derby is critical.

“This morning’s work was a key ingredient,” Pletcher said in evaluating Uncle Mo’s Derby status. “We’re getting back to seeing the Uncle Mo we saw in the Timely Writer and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; but it’s a long way to go (until May 7).”

In his first start of 2011, Uncle Mo rolled to victory in the Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park. His 2010 championship season concluded with a 4 1/4 length triumph in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

Pletcher said Uncle Mo is continuing to be treated by Dr. Doug Byars for the infection and that he plans to work him again either Sunday, May 1, or Monday, May 2.

Pletcher said Uncle Mo's stablemate and Derby contender Stay Thirsty   will also work either May 1 or May 2.

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