A few weeks ago, Uncle Mo was the prohibitive, betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby.
Now, on the eve of the race, Mo is no more, scratched due to a mysterious stomach ailment, further dimming a race already short on star power and speed.
So now, who are you going to bet on?
Owner Mike Repole announced the decision to scratch second favorite Uncle Mo about 40 minutes before wagering opened for the 137th Derby, set for Saturday at 6:24 p.m. EDT.
No question, something had been wrong colt has been bothered by a stomach problem, but vets couldn’t find a reason for his decreased appetite, energy and poor-looking coat.
”I’m actually relieved and now I’m really concerned and worried about Uncle Mo,” Repole said. ”My hope is Uncle Mo gets healthy. He is a superstar.”
Uncle Mo’s absence reduced the already less-than-dazzling field to 19 horses, with Dialed In as the 4-1 favorite for two time-winning trainer Nick Zito.
More tomorrow, in this space.