Stable mates Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty

Stable mates Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty each had a strong workout recently at Belmont Park. The two horses are gearing up toward stakes races; Uncle Mo will be entered in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap, a one mile race with a purse of $200,000. Stay Thirsty already looks like the overwhelming favorite in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Championship, a Grade 1 race. Both horses are owned by Mike Repole and trained by Todd Pletcher.

They both sprinted early Sunday morning. Uncle Mo went ¼ mile in 23.50 followed by another ¼ mile in 23.07 for a very impressive four furlong time of 46.57. Stay Thirsty followed a few minutes later, splitting 23.67 and 23.40 for a total of 47.07, another fantastic split.

It looks like Uncle Mo has finally recovered from his illness that forced him to miss the entirety of this year’s Triple Crown races. Uncle Mo has raced once in his return back to the racing life, but failed to live up to his hype and potential. If this workout was any indication of where Uncle Mo is health-wise, it will be tough to stop him, especially for Grade 2 level horses. Don’t be surprised to see Uncle Mo entered in the Classic or the dirt mile at the Breeders’ Cup this November. He has a title to defend after winning the Juvenile race last November.