Grade 3 winner and grade 1-placed 3-year-old Royal Mo suffered a career-ending injury six days ahead of a scheduled start in the Preakness Stakes (G1) this year, but after surgery at New Bolton Center and several months to recuperate, the son of Uncle Mo is now in a position to pursue a stallion career.
The injury, which occured in his final Preakness workout at Pimlico Race Course May 14, was a severely comminuted fracture of his right front medial proximal sesamoid, which required a surgical fusion of the right front fetlock a day later.
Although Royal Mo's landing spot for his stud career has not been announced, bloodstock agent David Ingordo brokered a sale of the 3-year-old for those purposes. During his racing career, Royal Mo was owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs. Royal Mo's new ownership also has not been announced.
After several weeks of recovery at New Bolton following his surgery, Royal Mo was relocated to WinStar Farm, where "he has been doing exceptionally well and is now enjoying paddock exercise," according to a news release from the new ownership.
After a victory in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park in February, Royal Mo finished ninth in the Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park, then returned to finish third behind stablemate Gormley in the April 8 Santa Anita Derby (G1). He was on the also-eligible list for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), but did not get into the field, so he was pointed to the Preakness.
Royal Mo had a 2-2-1 record from six starts and $267,200 in earnings.