Kentucky: Uncle Mo Keeps Producing Quality
Promising filly Dream Tree (2f Uncle Mo x Afleet Maggi, by Afleet Alex) kept her perfect record just that when scoring a resounding win in the $294,000 Grade I Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos on the weekend.
Prepared by Bob Baffert, Dream Tree (pictured) has won her only two previous starts and was favourite for the 1 and 1/16th mile contest.
She stalked the leader and powered away to win as she pleased by more than three lengths and has now won $270,000 in prizemoney.
“The plan was to sit with her today,” Baffert said.
“Her first race [Oct. 27 at Santa Anita] she had blinkers and she was rank and she won from a little off the pace. [Jockey Drayden Van Dyke] has been working her. I wasn’t sure about two turns, but after she came back and worked the way she did is why I changed my mind and decided to run her in this spot.”
A sale ring veteran that made $80,000 as a weanling, then $225,000 as a yearling before finally fetching $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton March 2YO Sale, Dream Tree is a half-sister to stakes-placed O’Maggi from Afleet Maggi.
She is the fifth Grade I winner for Uncle Mo, who also sired Miss Mo Mentum (2f Uncle Mo x Somalia, by Mineshaft) to win the $75,000 Hut Hut Stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday.
The Mark Casse trained filly has been improving steadily this year and looked good in capturing her first Black Type win with a commanding eight and three-quarter length victory in the one mile feature.
With three wins from seven starts, Miss Mo Mentum becomes the 36th stakes-winner for Uncle Mo.
About Uncle Mo
Winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-Gr.1, Champagne Stakes-Gr.1, Kelso H’cap-Gr.2 etc.
Recorded the highest Beyer figures of his generation at both 2 years (108) and 3 years (118)
Yearlings in 2017 sold for $700,000, $700,000, $700,000, $675,000, $650,000, $600,000, $500,000, $500,000, $500,000, $475,000, $475,000, $425,000, $400,000, $400,000, $390,000, $385,000, $375,000, $365,000 etc.
A record breaking Champion Freshman sire in 2015!!
“the sort of start Uncle Mo has made, it equates so far to how that sort of sire – Danzig, Storm Cat, A.P. Indy – started at stud” Bill Oppenheim, TDN
‘Uncle Mo keeps shattering records’ Eric Mitchell, Bloodhorse Daily
Sire of a record 23 SW’s from his first crop, top performers include:
Nyquist won the G1 Kentucky Derby, G1 Florida Derby, G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile, G1 Frontrunner Stakes, G1 Del Mar Futurity etc.
Mo Town won the G1 Hollywood Derby, G2 Remsen Stakes etc.
Dream Tree won the G1 Starlet Stakes etc.
Gomo won the G1 Alcibiades Stakes etc.
Outwork won the G1 Wood Memorial Stakes etc.
Laoban won the G2 Jim Dandy Stakes etc.
Mokat won the G2 San Clemente Handicap etc.