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Uncle Mo Passes Physical, to Resume Training

Defeated Wood Memorial heavy favorite Uncle Mo passed a thorough physical.

A physical exam of Uncle Mo , the defeated heavy favorite in the Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial (gr. I), revealed no problems, and the son of Indian Charlie is expected to be back in training the morning of April 13.

“After a thorough physical exam yesterday, Uncle Mo was found to be completely sound,” said trainer Todd Pletcher in a statement. “Today we did blood work, ultrasound of the internal organs, and stomach scoping. We should have all the results by Thursday. Tomorrow morning Uncle Mo will be back on the track.”

Uncle Mo is last year’s juvenile champion and was previous undefeated in four starts entering the Wood Memorial. Prior to this important Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands prep at Aqueduct, the colt was anticipated to be the starting favorite in the Derby. In the Wood, however, he tired out in the stretch and got passed by winner Toby's Corner, winner of the Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct Feb 5 and third in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III), and Arthur's Tale.

Mike Repole, owner of Uncle Mo, is confident his horse will be back in form soon.

“The performance in the Wood Memorial was not the Uncle Mo we all know,” he said in a statement  “I have and will continue to use every resource we can to make sure Uncle Mo gets the best care, evaluation and treatment.  I know how high Todd’s confidence level is on Uncle Mo.  After spending a full day with numerous veterinarians and Todd, I have the utmost confidence that we will get to whatever must have been plaguing him.  I clearly expect to see Uncle Mo like performances in the near future.”

Uncle Mo is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs April 18.