In a media teleconference Tuesday, owner Mike Repole said Uncle Mo has never looked better and is ready to roll in this weekend's King's Bishop Stakes at seven furlongs. Repole said the Indian Charlie colt has recovered fully from a liver problem that may have been behind Uncle Mo getting derailed from the Triple Crown trail last spring.
“If we didn't think this horse was 110%, then he wouldn't be entered,” said Repole. “I have total confidence in the vets, and I have total confidence in Todd Pletcher.”
“He's a special horse and he's acting like a special horse,” Repole said.
Repole also expressed confidence in Uncle Mo's stablemate Stay Thirsty, who will take on Preakness winner Shackleford, Belmont winner Ruler On Ice and Haskell champion Coil in Saturday's 142nd running of the Travers Stakes.
“Ever since the Belmont… he's getting bigger and stronger every day,” Repole said. “We always thought he'd be a late-developing three-year-old, and now we're seeing that.”
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