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Oct 07, 2011

Future home of Uncle Mo determined



Elmont, NY (Sports Network) - Although his racing career is not over, champion colt Uncle Mo's retirement plans have been finalized. The three-year-old will eventually enter stud service at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

The colt's owner Mike Repole and Coolmore's Ashford Stud have agreed to a partnership pact that will have the Eclipse Award winner serve as a stallion at the farm in Versailles, Kentucky.

"(Trainer) Todd Pletcher said he's never had a horse as good as Uncle Mo, so that's good enough for me," commented Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan. "He's also a magnificent-looking horse by a very good sire, so we're really looking forward to having him when the time comes for him to retire."

Uncle Mo won last Saturday's Kelso Stakes at Belmont Park in convincing style and Repole and Pletcher are preparing him for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 5.

"We'll see what happens in the Classic and then Todd and I will sit down with the Coolmore team and we'll decide where to go from there," said Repole. . In 2010 the colt won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile to finish the season unbeaten in three starts. In four starts this year Uncle Mo has won the Timely Writer and Kelso with a second in the King's Bishop and a third in the Wood Memorial.

Uncle Mo was slated to run in the Kentucky Derby this year, but was scratched the day before the Run for the Roses because of an intestinal problem. He was the 9-2 second choice in the morning-line.

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