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.
The champion male 2-year-old of 2010 was scratched May 6 after veterinarians were unable to determine why he wasn't 100%.
“It makes sense to keep him in the Lexington area, where he will have access to the best veterinary facilities,” trainer Todd Pletcher said in a May 9 statement. “Winstar Farm has a beautiful training facility which includes a hyperbaric chamber and a first-class staff. Our focus is to figure out what is going on internally with him and get him back to 100%.
"When we do figure this out, the horse is already fit so we don’t think it will take him long to get back to his 2-year old form.”
The Indian Charlie colt was diagnosed with a GI tract infection following his third-place finish in the April 9 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
“The number one goal is to get Uncle Mo healthy, and I feel very confident with (WinStar president) Elliott Walden and his team,” owner Mike Repole said. "Todd trains many of WinStar’s horses, and he and Elliott speak on a regular basis. Our second, distant goal when Uncle Mo gets back to the races is for him to be named 3-year-old champion and Horse of the Year.”