Uncle Mo Producing Quality 2 Year Olds
The $200,000 Grade III Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont on Saturday was won by promising colt Forty Under (2c Uncle Mo x Argent Affair, by Black Tie Affair).
Trained by Jeremiah C. Englehart, Forty Below came with a late rush to win the 1 and 1/16th mile contest by three-quarters of a length taking his record to two wins from three starts with prizemoney topping $157,000.
“I expected to be closer to the pace, but the horse broke a step slow, so I used plan B, stay inside, save some ground and wait for the moment,” said winning jockey Manny Franco.
Trainer Jeremiah Englehart added, “I thought Manny did a great job taking him a little bit off the hot pace and the horse closed and did well.”
Forty Under was a $180,000 Fasig Tipton August Yearling purchase and runs for August Dawn Farm, owned by NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells.
“I can’t wait to get on the phone after this race and tell him,” Englehart said of Parcells. “This is what he’s in here for, to try and win these types of races. He puts a lot into it. He’s out there every day. I’m very excited for him.”
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Forty Under is the best of two winners from stakes-winner Argent Affair.
Making it a stakes double on Saturday for Uncle Mo was progressive colt Hot Springs (3c Uncle Mo x Magical Victory by Victory Gallop), who scored a length win in the $100,000 Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs over 1 1/8th mile on turf.
A $750,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase trained by Steve Asmussen, he has won three of six starts earning over $187,000 in prizemoney.
Forty Under and Hot Springs bring Uncle Mo’s tally of stakes-winners to 46.
Fresh from hot results in the sale ring at Keeneland September, Uncle Mo has also proven to be in a hot vein of form on the track with a pair of new juvenile stakes-winners over the weekend.
Promising filly Monkey’s Uncle (2f Uncle Mo x Humor Section, by After Market) made it two wins in as many starts when she powered home from back in the field to score a half length win in the $100,000 Selima Stakes at Laurel.
“Her trainer Arnaud Delacour told me six furlongs would probably be a little short, but we had to try it, so I just wanted to break and settle her down and try to make one run,” winning rider Daniel Centeno said.
“I tried to save a little ground on the last turn, but it’s really soft and the ground was giving out, so I moved outside and she saw the clear. I moved a little early and a little wide but she held it all the way to the wire. She was a little more focused today. She’s a really smart filly and she really tried.”
A $180,000 yearling purchase that made $300,000 at the OBS March 2YO Sale earlier this year, Monkey’s Uncle (pictured) is the first winner for Humor Section, a half-sister by After Market to Grade I winner to Last Full Measure from Grade I winner Lazy Slusan.
The Jerry Hollendorfer trained colt Galilean (2c Uncle Mo x Fresia, by El Prado) made a winning debut in the $100,000 Los Alamitos Barretts Juvenile Stakes, producing a tenacious effort to win the six and a half furlong sprint by half a neck.
The $600,000 sale-topper at April’s Barretts Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training, Galilean is the first winner for Fresian, a half-sister to Grade III winner His Race to Win.
Monkey’s Uncle and Galilean brought the stakes-winner tally for Uncle Mo to 44 stakes-winners.