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US Champ Uncle Mo To Ashford Upon Retirement
Owner Mike Repole announced overnight that last year's US juvenile champion Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie-Playa Maya, by Arch) will stand at Ashford Stud in Kentucky (Coolmore’s North American base) upon his retirement from racing, reported bloodhorse.com. Repole “sold an undisclosed interest in Uncle Mo to Ashford, but retained 100% of his racing rights”. Uncle Mo (who won last weekend’s Gr2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park) “is being pointed toward the US$5 million Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 5 at Churchill Downs” & Repole “made it clear Uncle Mo could return to racing in 2012”. Ashford general manager Dermot Ryan commented: “Todd Pletcher (Uncle Mo’s trainer) said he’s never had a horse as good as Uncle Mo, so that’s good enough for me. He’s also a magnificent-looking horse by a very good sire, so we’re really looking forward to having him when the time comes for him to retire.” Uncle Mo currently boasts 5 wins & 2 placings from 7 starts for US$1,606,000 earnings.