Last year's Travers (gr. I) winner Stay Thirsty has begun preparations for his 2012 campaign, having recently entered light training at Palm Meadows.
Mike Repole's Calibrachoa made it a perfect 4-for-4 over the Aqueduct inner track, as he ran down longshot Diski Dance at the top of the stretch to win the $150,000 Toboggan (gr. III) for the second consecutive year.
Mike Repole and Michael Dubb, who were in a neck-in-neck owner's title race for most of the 2011 Saratoga meet, square off once again in the Toboggan Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 4, as each will send out a coupled entry.
With Uncle Mo retired, Stay Thirsty is now the top gun in Mike Repole's stable. And after a championship-caliber 3-year-old season in 2011, there are high expectations for the son of Bernardini next year.
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The Thanksgiving Day Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. IIIT), the holiday feature at Aqueduct, drew a field of 10 older sprinters.
Mike Repole's Uncle Mo, last year's champion 2-year-old male who was scratched out of this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) due to a liver ailment, has been retired from racing.
A return to a fast track at Aqueduct worked to the benefit of Calibrachoa, who pressed the issue for jockey Jose Lezcano and then drew off in the final furlong to easily win the $100,000 Bold Ruler Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 6.
Owner Mike Repole and a British journalist engaged in a minor verbal tiff Nov. 3 at a press conference featuring connections of some of the top horses racing in the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite Uncle Mo returned to the track at Churchill Downs the morning of Nov. 2, three days after his final workout for the Nov. 5 race, and galloped 1 3/8 miles under Hector Ramos.
Mike Repole's Uncle Mo was made the 5-2 morning line choice after drawing post 8 for the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Havre de Grace will break from post 10 as the 3-1 second choice in the $5 million race.
Mike Repole's pair of Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty get in their final tune-ups at Churchill Downs for the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Both colts went five furlongs.
Whatever happens in the BC Classic, Mike Repole, owner of Uncle Mo, is well aware of the extraordinary circumstances that have enabled his 2-year-old champion to even make the race, and he is grateful to be in this position.
Mike Repole's dynamic duo of Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty worked the morning of Oct. 16 over the training track at Belmont Park, with Uncle Mo covering five furlongs in a bullet :58.64 -- the fastest of 32 at the distance.
Prominent owners and trainers are stepping up to the plate to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Last year's juvenile champion Uncle Mo will stand at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., upon his retirement from racing, owner Mike Repole said Oct. 6.
Two of the top-ranked juvenile fillies in the nation, My Miss Aurelia and Stopshoppingmaria, will square off for a second time in the $300,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
Giant Surprise, an impressive 2-year-old Saratoga maiden winner in his first start this year, has been retired from racing and will stand at Vinery New York at Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag in 2012.
Uncle Mo repelled a bid from Jackson Bend just beyond the quarter-pole and put his rival away in the $200,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) Oct. 1 at Belmont Park to win by three lengths.
With owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher watching, 2010 juvenile champion Uncle Mo blazed four furlongs in a bullet :46.57 over Belmont Park's training track for his next start in the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II).
Mike Repole's dynamic duo both drill over Belmont Park's main track for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out both of his star Mike Repole-owned 3-year-olds for Sunday workouts, Sept. 11, as they prepare for their next assignments.
On-track wagering posted a strong gain over 2010 as the 143rd race meet at Saratoga Race Course wrapped up Sept. 5, though all-sources handle dipped over the course of the 39-day stand.
- By Steve Haskin
Stay Thirsty renews passion for the sport. read blog
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Aug. 29 that Travers (gr. I) winner Stay Thirsty would most likely head to the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) and Uncle Mo's options include the Kelso (gr. II) and Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).
- By Vic Zast
Owner hints of early retirement of Uncle Mo at post-Travers press conference read blog
Stay Thirsty definitively stamped himself as the 3-year-old division leader when he won the $1 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga.
Stay Thirsty, the potential Travers (gr. I) favorite, is coming off a dominating Jim Dandy (gr. II) victory while Uncle Mo makes his much-anticipated comeback in the Foxwoods King's Bishop (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga.
Sanford (gr. II) winner Overdriven will undergo tests following the cancellation of Thursday morning's scheduled breeze, trainer Todd Pletcher said.
Champion Uncle Mo, a leading candidate for the Foxwoods King's Bishop (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 27, had his penultimate breeze for his return to the races, zipping five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.34.
The outspoken owner offers strong opinions on the Breeders' Cup and Lasix. read blog
With jockey John Velazquez aboard, Uncle Mo worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 1/5 Aug. 9 at Saratoga as preparations continue for his scheduled return in the Foxwood King's Bishop (gr. I) later this month.
- By Vic Zast
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Stay Thirsty finally grabbed his breakthrough win July 30 at Saratoga when he turned in a dominating performance in the $500,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II).
Trainer Todd Pletcher says he's not comparing new stable star Overdriven to last year's champion 2-year-old colt Uncle Mo. But he may have trouble keeping others from doing so after an easy win in the Sanford Stakes July 24.
Uncle Mo took the first steps toward a return to racing Friday, July 22 at Saratoga when he breezed three furlongs in a move that trainer Todd Pletcher called "perfect."
Todd Pletcher, who has won three of the last seven editions of the Sanford (gr. II), will have another strong chance when he sends out impressive maiden winner Overdriven July 24 at Saratoga.
Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and second in the Preakness (gr. I), was named the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He'll break from post 9 in a 12-horse lineup.
Photos and video from Jason Shandler's visit with Uncle Mo at Winstar Farm. read blog
Uncle Mo, the champion 2-year-old male of 2010, continues to exhibit positive signs of improving health and is on target to resume light training in about 10 days, WinStar Farm president Elliott Walden said June 7.
After seven weeks of extensive testing, it has been determined that 2010 champion 2-year-old male Uncle Mo has an inflamed liver.
Mike Repole wraps up his Uncle Mo diary, and gives an update on the champion's health. Read Blog
Repole Stables' Uncle Mo, scratched from the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was shipped May 9 from Churchill Downs to WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., for continued treatment.
Juvenile champion Uncle Mo, the second choice on the morning line, was officially scratched out of the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Mike Repole and Todd Pletcher explain the scratching of Uncle Mo. Watch Video
Todd Pletcher and Mike Repole explain why Uncle Mo was scratched from the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Watch Video
Owner Mike Repole said a decision on whether Uncle Mo will run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be made late Thursday, May 5, or early the next day.
Uncle Mo has been the talk of the Churchill Downs backstretch all week and the subject of an intense rumor mill. Will he or won't he run in the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I)?
Florida Derby winner made 4-1 morning line favorite; Uncle Mo (9-2) draws post 18 for May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Jinks Fires, Kathy Ritvo, and the duo of Todd Pletcher and Mike Repole were among the highlights at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' trainers' dinner, an annual event held on the Tuesday leading up to the Derby.
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