Uncle Mo Keeps Producing Winners
Late bloomer Kathryn The Wise (4m Uncle Mo x Shea d’Lady, by Crafty Prospector) kept her unbeaten record intact when scoring a resounding victory in the $200,000 Critical Eye Stakes for New York breds at Belmont.
A homebred for Lawrence Goichman prepared by Chad Brown, Kathryn The Wise had dominated at her only two previous wins and took another big step forward with this eye catching performance.
She stalked the lead and took over at the half mile, racing away to win the one mile contest by eight and a quarter lengths.
Kathryn The Wise has won $187,200 in winning her only three starts to date and is the 29th stakes-winner for Uncle Mo.
She is the best of three winners from Shea d’Lady, a grand-daughter of champion sprinter Gold Beauty from the family of Group I stars such as Dayjur, Sky Beauty, Tale of Ekati, Pleasant Home and Point of Entry.
Earning TDN Rising Star status with a scintillating debut victory at Churchill Downs on Thursday was Mo Diddley (2c Uncle Mo x Miss Bodine, by Vindication).
The Mark Casse trained colt had worked brilliantly on the training track in preparation for his debut and went to the post a short priced favourite in the four and a half furlong juvenile maiden.
Mo Diddley raced greenly, veering out sharply after the jump to find himself on his own and a clear last.
He made up ground to be challenging for the lead after turning for home and fought hard to the line to win by a head.
The top lot at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale last August at Saratoga when he fetched $450,000, Mo Diddley runs for Gary Barber & Cheyenne Stables.
He is the third winner from stakes-placed Miss Bodine, a half-sister to Grade II winner Icecoldbeeratreds.
Also tasting success on debut at Belmont for the powerful Todd Pletcher stable was Tempestad (2c Uncle Mo x Amansara, by War Chant).
Like Mo Diddley, Tempestad was slowly away and charged home from last to win the five furlong maiden by a head.
A $275,000 Keeneland September purchase, Tempestad runs for the Sumaya US Stable and is the fifth winner from stakes-winning War Chant mare Amansara.