Pletcher: Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty on Target
Photo: NYRA/Susie Raisher
Uncle Mo working

Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo   and Stay Thirsty   worked well at Saratoga the morning of Aug. 21 and remain on target for their respective starts in the Foxwoods King’s Bishop Stakes and Travers Stakes (both gr. I) Aug. 27 at the New York racetrack.

Uncle Mo (by Indian Charlie) breezed five furlongs in :59.95, according to New York Racing Association officials. He worked under jockey John Velazquez in company with stakes winner Turbo Compressor.

“I thought it was another very good work,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I worked quite a few horses in the first set, and the track is pretty consistent to the way it has been playing, which is somewhat demanding and not real fast, but he seemed to handle it real well. He finished up good and galloped out strongly, so I think we are right on schedule.”

“I don’t think he could be training any better,” Pletcher said of Uncle Mo, who has bounced back from a liver disorder that sidelined him for months this year. “Based on the workmates he has been breezing with, all indications are he is a very fit horse.”

Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Stay Thirsty (by Bernardini), also trained by Pletcher, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.73 under jockey Javier Castellano. He worked in company with grade III winner Super Espresso.

“It was almost an identical work to what he did before the Jim Dandy—a good, steady progressive 1:01 and change with a strong gallop-out, moving really well,” Pletcher said. “We were very happy.

“Based on the work this morning, I would say he is as good as he was (going into the Jim Dandy), if not better going into (the Travers).”

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