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Uncle Mo’s 2-year-old colt out of Miss Ocean City sold for $1.1 million to Donato Lanni for Michael Lund Petersen to top the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale on Monday.
The colt is a half-brother to Grade II winner Azar and out of a half-sister to Grade III winner Woodlander and the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Coal Front. Bred by the William M. Backer Revocable Trust, the Pike Racing-consigned colt breezed a bullet :10.0 during last week’s breeze show.
“I’m happy for Michael because this is his sale,” Lanni told Blood-Horse. “It’s only a 10-minute drive for him to come here. I saw there was a bunch of outs and told him, ‘You better hurry up.’ He looks very similar to a horse we have now called Uncle Chuck. He’s a similar-looking Uncle Mo and he’s a horse that we will take our time with. Bob (Baffert) will take his time.”
“He’s a good horse, everybody saw that, and that’s what they cost. I’m never surprised for horses like that because they are so hard to find. It’s very rare and you have to stretch a bit more to get them.”
Sold as Hip 118, the Virginia-bred is bred on the same Uncle Mo x Mineshaft cross as his sire’s Grade III-winning daughter Miss Mo Mentum. Overall, A.P. Indy granddaughters have produced five stakes winners and seven stakes horses with Uncle Mo, led by his Grade I winning son and studmate Mo Town.
The colt continues a strong three days for his sire with the stallion’s Galilean winning the Soi Phet Stakes on Saturday as one of six stakes winners and 15 stakes horses for Uncle Mo in 2020.
Uncle Mo’s Galilean Wins the Soi Phet
Galilean (4c Uncle Mo x Fresia, by El Prado) added a fourth stakes victory to his resume on Saturday with a win in the Soi Phet Stakes at Los Alamitos.
Going a mile on the dirt, Galilean went off at even money and was never far from the race lead when running just behind the pacesetter. Moving nearly even with the leader at the top of the stretch, Galilean raced up the outside and took the lead in the final furlong under Juan Hernandez.
The colt was home free from there, winning by four lengths under a hand ride for West Point Thoroughbreds, Denise Barker, William Sandbrook, John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith.
Trained by John Sadler, Galilean has finished in the top three in eight of his nine starts for nearly $450,000 in earnings.
“It was a good win,” said Sadler’s assistant Alex Bisono. “I wish he had run a little bit straighter down the stretch, but he didn’t bother anybody because he was clear. He was comfortable the whole way. I definitely think he’s a better two turn horse and he likes this track.’’
The four-time stakes winner bred by Bar C Racing Stables is also Grade II-placed and was a $600,000 2-year-old purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds from Eddie Woods.
Galilean is out of a half-sister to Grade III winner His Race To Win and the dam of Canada’s 2019 Champion Older Male El Tormenta. He also hails from the family of champions Classy ‘N Smart and Dance Smartly among others.
A top young sire, Uncle Mo is having another successful year in 2020 with five stakes winners and 14 stakes horses led by two Grade I Kentucky Derby hopefuls and two Grade I Kentucky Oaks hopefuls.
Uncle Chuck Another Impressive Winner For Uncle Mo
Uncle Mo’s Uncle Chuck (3c Uncle Mo x Forest Music, by Unbridled’s Song) made the perfect start to his career at Santa Anita in a Maiden on Friday with a seven length romp.
Running over a mile on the dirt, Uncle Chuck broke a step slowly but took advantage of his rail position to race into the lead. The even-money favorite, Uncle Chuck had a horse on his hip for most of the early part of the race but was confidently ridden by Mike Smith through solid fractions.
Three furlongs from the wire, Uncle Chuck started pulling away to leave the turn four lengths ahead. A bit green in the stretch, he easily galloped home seven lengths in front of his stablemate for trainer Bob Baffert.
Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, the colt was purchased by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram, and Paul Weitman at the 2018 Keeneland September Sale.
Uncle Chuck is a half-brother to the Grade III winning duo of Kentuckian and Electric Forest with their Grade II winning dam having a 100 percent winning strike rate from her five foals to race.
Forest Music is also a half-sister to Grade III winner Shooter from the family of Singapore Champion Quechua, Brazil Champion 2-Year-Old English Major and Grade I winners Antonella Baby, Diesmal, and Quiz Kid.
One of the top young sires in the world, Uncle Mo is having another classic year with his Modernist and Pneumatic both aiming for next weekend’s Grade I Belmont Stakes.