Uncle Mo continued to progress toward an anticipated start in the Grade 1 Foxwoods King's Bishop, working five furlongs shortly after 6 a.m. in 1:02 4/5 under exercise rider Patty Krotenko.
With trainer Todd Pletcher looking on from the grandstand, Uncle Mo backed up to the mile pole accompanied by a stable pony, and after standing for a few moments, turned and jogged to the middle of the clubhouse turn before being let loose. NYRA clockers caught the Indian Charlie colt in opening splits of :12 2/5, :25, :37 4/5, galloping out six furlongs in 1:16 1/5.
“I thought he went very well,” said Pletcher of the Repole Stable color-bearer, last year's 2-Year-Old Male champion. “Everything so far is going exactly like we had planned. I'm really, really pleased with his progress. He's obviously gotten a little bit fitter with each piece of work. Every kind of increase in distance we've taken, he's handled very well. In particular, his gallop-outs have been very good.”
With the August 27 Foxwoods King's Bishop as a target, Pletcher said Uncle Mo will probably have a more aggressive work next week for the seven-furlong race.
“Right now, we'll probably come back next Tuesday if everything goes smoothly, and maybe be a little more aggressive, five-eighths in company, and go from there,” he said.
The Foxwoods King's Bishop would be Uncle Mo 's first start since his third-place finish in the Grade 1 Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial on April 9, which was his first loss. Subsequently scratched from the Kentucky Derby with a rare liver disorder, Uncle Mo recuperated at WinStar Farm and began galloping last month. This morning's breeze was his third at Saratoga since July 22.
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