Posts Tagged ‘2011 Kentucky Derby’

Uncle Mo Returns in Timely Writer

Kentucky Derby hopeful Uncle Mo makes his much anticipated 3-year-old bow in the Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 12.

The undefeated son of Indian Charlie, out of Arch mare Playa Maya, began his career with a romping sprint score at Saratoga last summer. He followed that up with easy wins in the Champagne and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He was named 2-year-old champion and is the early favorite for the 2011 Kentucky Derby.

Todd Pletcher trains Uncle Mo for Repole Stables. His rivals on Saturday include Gallant Dreams, Madman Diaries, Rocking Out, Schoolyard Dreams, and Rattlesnake Bridge.

Uncle Mo is probably not 100% cranked up for his return but should be fit enough to run a flat mile around one turn. His training partner and stablemate Stay Thirsty came off the bench and easily captured last Saturday’s Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.


To Honor And Serve Returns in Fountain of Youth

2011 Kentucky Derby hopeful To Honor And Serve, winner of the 2010 Nashua and Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct, tops a field of eight in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb 26. The nine furlong event is the 10th race on Saturday’s card.

The exciting 3-year-old son of Bernardini, out of Deputy Minister dam Pilfer, finished second in his sprint debut at Saratoga last summer before reeling off three straight wins to end his juvenile campaign. He defeated recent Risen Star Stakes winner Mucho Macho Man in the Nashua and Remsen.

Bill Mott trains To Honor And Serve for Live Oak Plantation. John Velazquez, who was aboard for the Remsen, will be back in the saddle on Saturday.

To Honor And Serve has worked six times at Payson Park in preparation for his 2011 bow, including a bullet four furlong move on Feb 20.

His competition includes graded stakes winners Soldat and Gourmet Dinner.




Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty Work Five Furlongs

Todd Pletcher’s 2011 Kentucky Derby hopefuls Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty, both owned by Repole Stable, worked five furlongs at Palm Meadows Training Center on Feb 20.

Uncle Mo, the 2010 undefeated 2-year-old champion, covered the distance in 1:01.40 (breezing). He is scheduled to make his 3-year-old bow in either the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) or the recently written Timely Writer at Gulfstream Park on March 12. His final Derby prep is expected to come in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April.

Stay Thirsty, expected to make his first start of the year in the March 5 Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct, covered his five furlong journey in 1:00.65.

Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty have been working every Sunday since Jan 30. They previously went four furlongs together in :47.45 on Feb 13.

Uncle Mo Works Four Furlongs

Uncle Mo had his second work of the year on Super Bowl Sunday. His four furlong drill in :49.60 ranked 18th out of 41 at Palm Meadows Training Center on Feb 6th.

Uncle Mo photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire

His previous move was an easy three furlong breeze in :39.95 on Jan 30th. If everything goes according to plan, Todd Pletcher’s 2011 Kentucky Derby hopeful will run in the Tampa Bay Derby on March 12th, followed by the April 9 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Race Course.

Also working for Pletcher on Sunday was Uncle Mo’s stablemate Stay Thirsty, who posted a :49.60 four furlong breeze as well.

Travelin Man, a sharp maiden winner at Gulfstream Park on Jan 6th, breezed four furlongs in :49 flat, and the fleet Pletcher trainee might go next in the Hutcheson Stakes on Feb 26th.

Brethren went five furlongs in 1:01 and is expected to make his next start in the Sam Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb 12th. His half-brother Super Saver won the 2010 Kentucky Derby.



Dialed In Wins Holy Bull Stakes

Dialed In rallied from far back to impressively capture Sunday’s Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.

The winner, ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Nick Zito, won his career debut in a six and one-half furlong sprint at Churchill Downs in November. He was withdrawn from a recent allowance race at Gulfstream Park due to a sloppy track.

Dialed In, by Mineshaft out of a Storm Cat dam, is now a viable 2011 Kentucky Derby contender and many fans are anxiously awaiting his next start following his electrifying performance in Sunday’s one-mile race.  The Feb 26 Fountain of Youth Stakes and the April 3 Florida Derby are possible upcoming targets for the exciting colt.

He is owned by Robert Lapenta and is now 2-for-2 lifetime with earnings of $268,800.


To Honor And Serve Works at Payson Park

To Honor And Serve breezed five furlongs in 1:04.20 on Jan 30th. The move was his third since arriving at the Payson Park Training Center in Florida. He went four furlongs in :51 on Jan 24th and three furlongs in :39.80 on Jan 16th.

The 2011 Kentucky Derby hopeful began his career with a place finish behind subsequent Stakes winner Astrology at Saratoga last summer. He ended his juvenile campaign with three straight wins including a pair of Graded scores against recent 4th place Holy Bull finisher Mucho Macho Man.

To Honor And Serve, trained by Bill Mott, is expected to make his 3-year-old bow in the Feb 26 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.



Uncle Mo Begins Kentucky Derby Preparations

Recently named two-year-old champion Uncle Mo is back to work. The Todd Pletcher trainee, owned by Repole Stables, breezed an easy three furlongs in :39.95 at Palm Meadows Training Center on Jan 30th.

The undefeated colt was last seen winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in November. He is expected to make his first 2011 start in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby (March 12th), followed by the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 9th. His ultimate goal is the 2011 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

Uncle Mo’s stablemate Stay Thirsty, 5th in the BC Juvenile, also returned to the worktab on Sunday. He covered his three furlong journey in a much quicker :36.95, which was best of five moves at the distance.