Grade 2 Remsen winner Mo Town breezed five furlongs Saturday morning ahead of his return to Aqueduct Racetrack in next weekend's Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets.
At his winter training base at Payson Park in Indiantown, Florida, trainer Tony Dutrow caught the 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo in 1:02.
“He went very, very good,” said Dutrow. “He really couldn't be much better.”
Saturday's move was the colt's fourth breeze since finishing fifth as the 3-2 favorite in his season debut in the Grade 2 Risen Star February 25 at Fair Grounds, his first off-the-board finish in four starts. Mo Town, owned in partnership by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Dutrow's Team D Stable, will be ridden in the Wood Memorial by Javier Castellano.
Mo Town, a $200,000 yearling purchase, finished a promising second in his unveiling at Saratoga Race Course in August. He turned heads with his successful follow-up four weeks later, where he drew clear to a seven-length victory on the mud on September 24 at Belmont Park, after which Coolmore's connections purchased a majority interest in the colt.
Expected to make his first stakes start in the Grade 2 Nashua on November 4 at the Big A, Mo Town was tabbed as the 6-5 morning-line favorite but was scratched the morning of the race due to a sore gluteal muscle in his hind end. The colt regrouped in time for the Grade 2 Remsen four weeks later, driving off the pace to draw off to a 2 ½-length score.
“He is proven over the Aqueduct racetrack, so that was the biggest decision maker [to run in the Wood Memorial],” said Dutrow. “We've been training him the same way and he's been responding to it, so I just kept things the way they've been. Javier rode him in his first start and he's watched him in his other races, so he knows the horse. I think we're excellent.”
Mo Town is scheduled to ship from Florida on Monday, Dutrow said.
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