Red Hot Uncle Mo Registers Six Winner Weekend
Uncle Mo could do no wrong over the weekend with six winners in a little over 24 hours at three different tracks.
Following his stakes double on Saturday at Saratoga with an added winner at Woodbine for fun, Uncle Mo had a quick fire double on Sunday with two impressive maiden winners in 10 minutes.
Then to secure the cherry on top, the stallion added his fourth Saratoga winner of the weekend two hours later.
Lil Miss Moppet (4f Uncle Mo x Winiliscious) was the first to strike as a heavy favorite at Monmouth Park when romping home by 7½ lengths. Making her return to the races after spending the winter at Oaklawn Park, it was the second top two finish in four starts for the filly, who was breaking her maiden for Phoenix Thoroughbreds.
Eight minutes after the gates opened for that race, it was 2-year-old No Mo’ Spending’s (2f Uncle Mo x Stopspendingmaria, by Montbrook) turn at Saratoga.
Also going off as the race favorite, No Mo’ Spending stalked the leader for much of the 6½ furlong race before taking the lead with two furlongs left to run. The stretch saw her best running as No Mo’ Spending pulled away to win by 3½ lengths for Randall Bloch, Six Column Stables, David Hall, Michael Steele, Jim Gladden, and Gene Rich.
The day ended with Lovely La La (5m Uncle Mo x Sarah’s Pleasure, by Street Cry) pushing her earnings over the $200,000 mark for owner-breeder Lawrence Goichman.
Racing over a mile on the turf Lovely La La stalked the leader early on before pouncing, just like her sire’s other two Sunday winners. With Jose Lezcano aboard, the mare pulled away to a 2½ length victory for Michelle Nevin.
Trained by Peter Miller, Lil Miss Moppet was a $400,000 purchase by Phoenix Thoroughbreds from Crupi’s New Castle Farm at the OBS March 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale. The Joseph Ioia-bred filly is the first foal for 10-time winner and stakes placed Winiliscious, who also has winners by Lookin at Lucky and Munnings. Winiliscious also has a Lookin At Lucky yearling filly.
Bred by Repole Stable, the Ian Wilkes-trained No Mo’ Spending is out of Grade III-placed Stopspendingmaria. The third winner from three runners out of her dam, she is also a full sister to Uncle Mo’s stakes placed Blewitt and comes from the family of Japanese champion Symboli Kris S and multiple Grade I winner Well Armed, among others.
A three-time winner, the homebred Lovely La La is one of four winners out of a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner and stakes producer J’Ray. The family also included German classic winner Hawksmoor and Gleneagles’ multiple group winner Royal Dornoch.
The leading sire of graded stakes winners this year, Uncle Mo is having another fantastic season with over 165 winners and 29 stakes horses led by 17 stakes winners, including Grade I Kentucky Derby contender King Guillermo and Grade I Kentucky Oaks runner Donna Veloce.