Uncle Mo works at Palm Meadows Training Center.

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Uncle Mo works at Palm Meadows Training Center.
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Joe DiOrio

Uncle Mo Puts in First Work of 2011

Uncle Mo worked three furlongs in :39.95 at Palm Meadows Training Center.

Uncle Mo , the undefeated juvenile male champion of 2010, worked for the first time this year Jan. 30 at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. The son of Indian Charlie—Playa Maya, by Arch, went three furlongs in :39.95 on a fast track.

Also working at the same distance was Uncle Mo’s stablemate Stay Thirsty  (Bernardini —Marozia, by Storm Bird), who turned in the fastest three-furlong move of the morning at Palm Meadows in :36.95. A total of five horses worked three furlongs at Palm Meadows.

Both colts are owned by Mike Repole and conditioned by 2010 champion trainer Todd Pletcher.

Uncle Mo is the leading contender heading toward the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), having won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in impressive fashion. Prior to the Breeders’ Cup, Uncle Mo won the Champagne Stakes (gr. I).

Stay Thirsty finished fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile following a second-place finish in the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I).

Out West, J P's Gusto (Successful Appeal —Call Her Magic, by Caller I.D.), worked three furlongs in :36 2/5 at Santa Anita Park. He had the eighth fastest work out of 25 working at that distance. The ridgling is owned by Dr. John Waken’s Gem Inc. and is trained by David Hofmans.

J P’s Gusto won the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths. He finished sixth in the Juvenile, then went on to place second in the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park behind Comma to the Top.