October 7, 2010

I Want Mo, Mo, Mo

After a performance like this, don‘t we all want Mo, Mo, Mo ?



It’s difficult to steal the show on the biggest afternoon at Saratoga, especially if you are running in a maiden special weight, but that is precisely what a juvenile son of Indian Charlie was able to do. Uncle Mo turned in one of the most dazzling debuts of recent years, and he did it in front of a huge crowd on Travers day. The bay colt displayed his total superiority over a well bred field of ten by drawing off with each impressive stride to hit the finish line 14 ¼ lengths the best. Rider Johnny Velazquez stayed busy, but his main task was to just hold on to the $220,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase. Bettors believed in the Todd Pletcher trained juvenile right from the get go, as they hammered Uncle Mo down to 4-5 in the maiden race, and should make him even lower in the most prestigious of all two-year-old races in New York.

In fact, Pletcher and owner Mike Repole appear to have pocket aces in the hole for Saturday's Grade 1 Champagne, considering they also have entered Stay Thirsty. The son of Bernardini, who was runner-up in the recent Hopeful Stakes, looms as the one obvious threat to the Uncle. If the connections do decide to run Stay Thirsty in the same race as Uncle Mo, they should form an irresistible dynamic duo in Saturday’s race, and quite possibly again four weeks later for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. But make no mistake, the Champagne is all about Uncle Mo. How far can he go?  Can he win a grade 1 in only his second start?  How good/great will he become? Answers will soon come, but for now, I want Mo, Mo, Mo.

15 comments:

markinsac said...

He did his last eighth in 11 and change. How far is the Champaigne? I wish they had future odds on the KY Derby right now. I like the fact that Pletcher debuted him late, they are the ones that do something.

Brian Zipse said...

The Champagne is a flat mile, and at one-turn, distance should not be an issue Saturday.

LDP said...

This horse is a serious freak, whether it be just a sprinting freak, Saratoga freak, or a complete freak. He ran splits of 22.2, 23.47, and 23.54. The furlong splits for the final quarter, in order were 11.78 and 11.76. This horse was pretty much running straight 11's through the race and doing it with easy.

The big thing is that with the fractions he ran he should've been seeing stars by that final furlong. Other 2yr olds and older sprinters could barely stand as they wobbled down the stretch, after running such hot fractions over the deep and tiring Saratoga track had taken it's toll on them, and yet this 2YR OLD just keep breezing along like it's nothing!

At first glance his pedigree has so much speed it's hard to imagine him getting longer distances, but with Arch as a stamina influence on the dam side -which is personally where I like to see stamina- there is no reason to think he can't carry his speed.

Brian Zipse said...

Indian Charlie out of an Arch mare certainly could get a distance ... we shall see. I also love the way he was motoring the final furlong. It was a thing of beauty!

Kimness said...

With a rebel yell- I WANT MO MO MO!!

Brian Zipse said...

Is it? Could it be? Yes, ladies and gentleman ... it's Kimness Idol!

william said...

i agree...seeing that race was amazing

Petey said...

Writing about a horse that has run one time is kind of stupid, don't you think?

LDP said...

Brian,

That is one reason i'm so enamored with him. Every grade one horse at Saratoga, whether they were sprinters or Classic horses were rubber legged that last furlong. Saratoga being as deep and as tiring as it was this year was taking a visible toll on horses in the final stages of the race, yet he clocked that 11.76 w/o even trying. Amazing.

LDP said...

Petey, on any normal horse maybe. What this horse did at Saratoga was awesome. Look at the final furlongs and quarters for other grade one races, distance or sprints, and compare them to his maiden. He made horses older and much more experience look slow.

Brian Zipse said...

You know what Petey, maybe you are right. I will NOT do it tomorrow.

LDP, his finish, both visually and on the clock, was fantastic, but remember it was only six furlongs and with little pressure. Bigger tests are on his horizon.

markinsac said...

Indian Charlie has surisingly dropped some good ones. Good luck with your horse, Brian, he looks better than anything out here on the left coast. Jacinto doesn't have the speed to keep up with him at a mile.

Anonymous said...

After watching this colt, I would say he has a GREAT future ahead of him. He was pulling away like he just broke out!

Handicapper's Corner said...

One Race does not make a career..... let's see what happens when Mo gets headed by other horses in a race.....
awesome race and I can't wait to see more ............

LDP said...

I know it was only six furlongs, but he made other sprinters that were older and in higer ranks look really bad. R Heat Lightning ran a 14 second final furlong in the Spinaway, and I don't believe she was on the pace and then you look at Discreetly Mine who ran a 13 second final furlong. Both races had similar opening fractions but Mo -for one made it look so much easier- plus he on the same track finished 2-3 seconds faster.