Hilda's Passion, a two-time graded stakes winner this season at Gulfstream Park, heads a strong field of eight older fillies and mares in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 7.
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.
It's easy to see why Chamberlain Bridge has been made the 2-1 favorite in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Derby Day.
Her Smile is a filly that came into the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) game a little late and lacks the buzz factor that has surrounded some of the other contenders in the Run for the Lilies. Read Blog
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).
Paul Robsham Stable's homebred R Heat Lightning, probable favorite in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), has been withdrawn from the race after heat was detected in her right knee.
First off, before we get to the Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty works, let's at least acknowledge both colts for getting this far. Read Blog
Evan Hammonds reviews works for Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty, Pants on Fire, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford, and comments from Todd Pletcher and Mike Repole. Watch Video
Owner Mike Repole discusses his investment in Thoroughbreds and shot at winning the Kentucky Derby.
Todd Pletcher's pair of classic contenders take to the slop May 1 at Churchill Downs. Onwer Mike Repole watches on as Uncle Mo gets five furlongs in 1:01 3/5.
R Heat Lightning, the likely favorite in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) for trainer Todd Pletcher, put in her final drill prior to the race April 30, working a half-mile in :48 1/5 at Churchill Downs.
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 and has recovered from a gastrointestinal tract infection.
Injured jockey Eibar Coa returned to the Gulfstream Park winner's circle on closing day April 24 and presented Paco Lopez with a trophy to commemorate his second straight riding title.
R Heat Lightning, the likely Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) favorite, and Kathmanblu braved a steady rain and sloppy track conditions at Churchill Downs to put in timed workouts just after the track maintenance break April 23.
Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out Cal Nation, another top colt from his deep stable of 3-year-olds, to battle Astrology in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. II) April 23 at Aqueduct.
Uncle Mo and Mucho Macho Man are settling in at Churchill Downs following separate arrivals on the grounds of the track the morning of April 18.
E. Paul Robsham Stables' R Heat Lightning, the possible favorite for the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, turned heads with a bullet half-mile work April 16 at Belmont Park.
Stay Thirsty and Decisive Moment, 3-year-old colts pointed toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), turned in strong workouts at Churchill Downs April 17 in their first efforts of the spring over the track.
Making his stakes debut against a stellar field of turf sprinters, Stratford Hill ran down pacesetter Great Attack late to score the $100,000 Shakertown (gr. IIIT) by a half-length April 16 at Keeneland.
Trainer Todd Pletcher started this year on top of the game. He won a fifth Eclipse Award trophy and entered 2011 with three newly turned 3-year-old Breeders' Cup race winners, including superstar Uncle Mo.
A short field of five, three of which are graded stakes winners, will go postward in the April 16 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II).
Defeated Wood Memorial (gr. I) heavy favorite Uncle Mo passed a thorough physical and will resume training April 13.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said the colt grabbed a quarter in the race, but that it was a minor issue and would most likely not affect his Triple Crown plans.
Life At Ten, appearing at Gulfstream Park in her first start since a controversial attempt in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) last fall, ran second in an optional claiming allowance April 10.
Less than a month away, the Kentucky Derby was turned upside down when favored Uncle Mo was defeated by Toby's Corner, who passed Arthur's Tale in the final strides to post a shocking upset in the Wood Memorial (gr. I).
Joe Vann, making his stakes debut for Todd Pletcher, turned back the challenge of The Fed Eased in the stretch to register a commanding win in the $300,000 TVG Illinois Derby (gr. III) April 9 at Hawthorne.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has entered Life At Ten in an $80,100 optional/allowance feature Sunday, April 10, at Gulfstream Park.
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito still hasn't fully gotten over Morning Line's loss in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs.
The main question regarding the Wood Memorial is whether anyone can test Uncle Mo.
Travelin Man, in just the third start of his career for trainer Todd Pletcher, easily put away his four rivals to register a convincing two-length win in the $147,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park April 3.
Michelle Nihei brings a combination of intuition and analytical skill to training, the latter a product of her academic background. Read Blog
The New York Racing Association has announced that beginning March 29, it will be conducting an online "Get to Know Mo" contest.
After watching Stay Thirsty breeze five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 in company with a stablemate at Palm Meadows the morning of March 27, trainer Todd Pletcher will likely make an equipment change for the April 2 Florida Derby.
E. Paul Robsham Stable's 3-year-old filly R Heat Lightning drilled a bullet half-mile in :47 3/4 at Gulfstream Park March 27 for her role as the likely favorite in the April 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II).
Favored Doubles Partner closed with a rush in the final yards to snatch victory by a neck over Rahystrada in the $125,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf March 19 at Tampa Bay Downs.
There is a possibility that the Derby favorite may stay in Florida instead of going to the Wood. Read Blog
Champion Uncle Mo turned away a challenge from Rattlesnake Bridge and pulled away in the stretch to post an easy 3 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes March 12 at Gulfstream Park in his 3-year-old debut.
Life At Ten's trainer Todd Pletcher has released a statement regarding the 2010 BC Ladies' Classic.
Kentucky Derby favorite Uncle Mo will make his season debut against five in the $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes March 12 at Gulfstream Park.
Yes, it's easy to knock Stay Thirsty's Gotham Stakes (gr. III) victory. He time was slow, his Beyer figure was low, he wasn't beating a strong field. Read Blog
Juvenile champion Uncle Mo put in a half-mile move in :48 4/5 at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher March 6 in preparation for his fast-approaching 3-year-old debut at Gulfsteam Park.
Stay Thirsty was installed the 9-5 favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Gotham Stakes, which drew a mostly unheralded field of nine.
Barns are busy at the Palm Meadows Training Center as the start of the world's fanciest juvenile auction approaches.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Uncle Mo and his Derby-nominated stablemate Stay Thirsty were part of a busy morning for trainer Todd Pletcher Feb. 27 at Palm Meadows Training Center.
R Heat Lightning returned to the winner's circle for the first time since last summer's Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) with a 7 1/4-length romp in the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 26.
Multiple grade I winner Devil May Care, who finished 10th in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), continues to struggle from complications of a non-contagious form of hepatitis.
Todd Pletcher said Feb. 23 there were a combination of factors that led him to choose the Timley Writer Stakes as the season's debut for star 3-year-old Uncle Mo.
The connections of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Uncle Mo announced Feb. 22 his debut will be the $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes March 12 at Gulfstream Park.
Mike Repole confirmed Feb. 16 that he and trainer Todd Pletcher are considering the newly-written Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park for champion Uncle Mo when he makes his 3-year-old debut.
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