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Uncle Mo Gallops in Return to Track

Owner Mike Repole said trainer Todd Pletcher is following regular routine with colt.

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.

Later, owner Mike Repole said that the two days away from the track following a breeze was normal for the son of Indian Charlie and did not indicate anything was amiss. Stay Thirsty , also trained by Todd Pletcher for Repole, had been back on the track Nov. 1, two days after both horses worked.

“This is his regular routine,” Repole said of the 2010 champion juvenile colt. “Usually he works and he kind of gets two days (off). Stay Thirsty is a different type of horse. I don’t know if you guys know it, he (Pletcher) has five Eclipse Awards and he kind of knows what he’s doing. He’s got different systems for each horse. It’s almost like when you’re coaching players, you don’t coach everybody the same. That’s what makes him so successful.”

“I think he’s doing outstanding,” Pletcher said of the Classic favorite. “He got over the ground really well today. He was very enthusiastic and he seems like a happy horse.”

Stay Thirsty, who was second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) before winning the Jim Dandy (gr. II) and Travers (gr. I) stakes at Saratoga, also galloped 1 3/8 miles and visited the starting gate Nov. 2.

“I’m confident with both these horses,” Repole said. “At the end of the day when I read about these C-minus, D-plus works (for Uncle Mo), I get more confident. ‘Mo’ could have gone to the (Dirt) Mile and been 3-5 (odds).”