I’ve been waiting for Uncle Mo to run as a 3 year old.

Haven’t you?

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.

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