I’ve been waiting for Uncle Mo to run as a 3 year old.
The Derby contender raced this weekend at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale beach, Fla.
The crowd stood, the starting gates opened and … no sign of the leading contender for the Triple Crown.
“His worst start,” owner Mike Repole said later, at a press conference. “He broke terrible.”
Uncle Mo was last for a few strides but quickly recovered and won the $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths.
As a 1-9 favorite, the unbeaten colt had everything to lose, which may be why Repole looked so relieved in the winner’s circle.
“It’s the first time in three months I’ve taken a deep breath,” the billionaire from New York City said. “It feels good.”
Uncle Mo’s start was his first since he won the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.
Pressure will only build from here.
Eight weeks to the Kentucky Derby, by the way.