It was November 6th, 2010 when I had a couple buddies over to watch the Breeder’s Cup races and make a day out of the event. I had watched a 2 year old horse win the Champagne Stakes the month before by over 4 lengths and knew then in October that I wanted to see more of what this horse could do. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile was about to start with the horses going into the gate one of my buddies asked who I had bet on? I replied Uncle Mo and shortly after the race started.
Uncle Mo broke well out of the gate and went right up front as I expected, then in the first turn I remember he was running three wide and I honestly for a second said to myself “uh oh”. As they came out of the first turn and they proceeded down the backstretch he seemed to collect himself and was feeling instantly much better about things. Then they came out of the second turn where Uncle Mo was leading by a head and there were five other horses within striking distance but in a blink of an eye it seemed Uncle Mo had gained a few strides on the pack and that was when the fireworks began! Uncle Mo just kept pulling away and seemed to hit a gear that no other horse had which he rode right through the finish over 1 1/16th miles around two turns for a time of 1:42.60 which isn’t fast, that’s really fast!
So now Uncle Mo will run against Rocking Out, Gallant Dreams, Schoolyard Cat, Madman Diaries and Rattlesnake Bridge this Saturday, March 12th at Gulfstream Park for 1 mile around one turn in the Timely Writer S which is going to be simply a training session for Uncle Mo considering none of the other horses are being talked about to even start in the Kentucky Derby. If you haven’t bet a race since the Breeders’ Cup and are looking to make your first bet of the year on Uncle Mo as he makes his 2011 debut then you picked the perfect time as the Timely Writer S will be a layup for Uncle Mo ! A win is a win, take the short price and collect your winnings.
Uncle Mo has not only answered the bell in each of his races, he has smashed it to pieces and there is nothing that makes me think the Timely Writer Stakes will be any different as he prepares to try and win the 137th Kentucky. Who knows? Maybe one day we will look back as this as a part of history as we look at past Triple Crown Champions. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself but as a fan of racing and a fan of Uncle Mo, I will let the dream live on until another horse can beat him.