Uncle Mo & Archarcharch Update
After scratching from this weekend’s 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, Uncle Mo was reportedly trucked to a nearby farm just an hour east of Churchill Downs, according to the “New York Daily News.” The 3-year old colt has been battling an intestinal ailment leading up to the race, but trainer Todd Pletcher was hopeful the horse would come around in time. Uncle Mo was brought to Winstar Farm near Lexington, Kentucky in hopes that veterinarians will be able to get a better handle on what has been causing the horse to not feel 100%. He has been battling the sickness since his third place finish in the Wood Memorial back on April 9thand hasn’t raced since because of an elevated enzyme reading that veterinarians are still unsure of.
Pletcher and Uncle Mo’s owner, Mike Repole, are hopeful they will get to the bottom of the horse’s problem and Uncle Mo will be able to make a full recovery as well as be up here in Saratoga in time to race this summer. It’s possible the next time Uncle Mo runs, we could see him in the Jim Dandy or Travers Stakes.
That’s pretty exciting — both for Uncle Mo to get better and for Saratoga goers to see the chamption two-year old title holder race here in the Capital Region. Would you go see in Uncle Mo if he raced here this summer?
In other news, Archarcharch, another favorite in the derby, has been retired from racing. This horse fractured his left front leg during the race and though finished (technically), will never race again because there is too much cartilage damage, according to his trainer, William (Jink) Fires.