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May 13, 2011

Uncle Mo continues treatment at WinStar Farm


Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Eclipse Award winner Uncle Mo has been sent to WinStar Farm to continue his medical treatment. The three-year-old colt was scratched from last week's Kentucky Derby after being examined by three veterinarians on Thursday.

"It makes sense to keep him in the Lexington area, where he will have access to the best veterinary facilities," said trainer Todd Pletcher. "WinStar Farm has a beautiful training facility which includes a hyperbaric chamber and a first class staff. Our focus is to figure out what is going on internally with him and get him back to 100 percent. When we do figure this out, the horse is already fit so we don't think it will take him long to get back to his two- year old form."

Owned by Mike Repole, Uncle Mo was diagnosed with an infection of his gastrointestinal system after he finished third in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racecourse as the 1-10 favorite.

"The number one goal is to get Uncle Mo healthy and I feel very confident with Elliott Walden (Winstar President/CEO) and his team," said Repole. "Todd trains many of WinStar's horses and he and Elliott speak on a regular basis. Our second, distant goal when Uncle Mo gets back to the races is for him to be named three-year-old champion and Horse of the Year."

The winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Uncle Mo has won four of five career starts for more than $1.4 million. He was the 9-2 second choice for the Kentucky Derby before being scratched.

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