Mike Repole, owner of Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty , came charging full speed ahead into Tuesday’s April 26 Triple Crown teleconference, as he dealt with the topic of full disclosure, the rumors, speculation, and observations regarding
“I really wanted to be on the call, because it seems like the media knows more about
“It’s been a really tough 17 days after the Wood (Memorial) and I haven’t had much sleep in those 17 days. Mo has had the best vets and today was a really big step in him getting to the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.”
Repole seemingly made a startling comment when he said
“This is a very very tough game and we all saw what happened to I Want Revenge and Eskendereya,” Repole said. “Racing is a great cure for overconfidence, but I feel much better today than I did a week ago and I definitely feel much better than I did two weeks ago. But until May 7th comes around and he’s in that starting gate there are no guarantees in this game. And that includes all the other 19 starters, not just Uncle Mo. Until that day comes, I’ll be lucky if I sleep two hours a night over the next 12 days.”
As for the observations that Uncle Mo had been pin-fired and other possible physical ailments, Repole said: “I own 82 racehorses and everybody has been talking about full disclosure. I don’t think this is something the industry really wants to get into or address. Eighty-five percent of racing is claiming races. How would you disclose what’s going on (with those horses)? These are professional athletes that run 45 miles an hour and in all honesty, if you went in anyone’s barn it’s very hard to figure out who is 100% sound. The bottom line is, when you send a horse out there you want to make sure he’s 100% safe, sound, and healthy.
“I’m very involved with
“Every horse has some kind of minor issue, and the bottom line is you have to trust the owner, the vet, and the trainer to put a safe and healthy horse on the racetrack. That’s our responsibility, whether it’s a $5,000 claimer or Uncle
Repole says for that reason he never discloses those kinds of minor issues on any of his 82 horses. He said that Uncle Mo is completely sound, despite the rumors.
“I hope this doesn’t sound rude, but if Todd Pletcher or one of my vets talk about the physical issues of any of my horses they would probably leave the barn, whether it’s Todd Pletcher, Bruce Brown or Dominick Galluscio. To me there is a confidentiality between a vet, a trainer, and an owner, and I will promise you I will never put a horse out there that is not safe, sound, and healthy. As badly as I want to run in the Kentucky Derby and as badly as I want to win the Kentucky Derby, I will never sacrifice a horse’s health for my ego. That will never happen in a million years.”
Repole says he no longer thinks about the Wood Memorial defeat: “You can’t change the past. You can only worry about the present and the future. He lost the Wood and 20 years from now when we talk about
“When he flew in a day late from
As for some of the comments that have been written about Uncle Mo, Repole said he loves 99 percent of the media and enjoys being accommodating, but it’s the one percent that bothers him.
“That one percent is so negative to the sport and they ruin it for everybody else,” he said. “Those are the guys who announced his retirement and that he came in the paddock lame. They should be working for TMZ or the National Enquirer, and they should follow Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan, and not
“I believe he’s going to redeem himself and I hope the media writes negative stories about him and raise his price as high as possible. The more they raise his price the more money I’ll bring with me.”