Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty turn in 5 furlong bullets at Churchill Downs ahead of the Classic

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Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty turn in 5 furlong bullets at Churchill Downs ahead of the Classic
Trainer Todd Pletcher was present at the Churchill Downs main track to watch Mike Repole’s pair of sophomores train. Both Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty are pointed toward the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic to be held at Churchill Downs on 5 November, 2011.
The 3-year-old colts, Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty notched a well watched five furlong work. The World Championships isn’t going to be a walk in the park, and as good as these colts are they have to show that and take their connections into confidence in all
of their pre race workouts.
The last year’s 2-year-old 2010 champion, Uncle Mo went first and posted a five furlong work in 1 minute and 1 2/5 seconds, where he recorded fractional splits of 12 2/5 seconds, 24 4/5 seconds and 36 3/5 seconds, as he galloped out six furlongs in 1 minute
and 14 2/5 seconds.
Uncle Mo went through his work out alone, but Stay Thirsty worked in company of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile hopeful, Rule.
The 3-year-old son of Bernardini went five furlongs in 1 minute 3/5 seconds. Stay Thirsty broke off two lengths behind his work mate and registered fractions of 24 1/5 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 35 4/5 seconds for the half mile distance and
further galloped out in 1 minute and 14 4/5 seconds.
Stay Thirsty turned his season around after a disappointing run in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, where he finished 12th at Churchill Downs and in the final leg of the Triple Crown, he picked up the pace and finished second behind the winner Ruler
on Ice at Belmont Park on 11 June.
Since then, the Mike Repole owned colt won the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes and the Grade Travers Stakes, as the former was run on 1 1/8 miles and the later on 1 ¼ miles  on dirt. Both races were run at Saratoga.
Uncle Mo on the other hand is doing impressively well after his 4 months layoff due to liver problems. He is coming off a win in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap, and the juvenile champion has turned in impressive workouts ever since leading up to the Breeders’
Cup Classic.


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