Mo Town inherited a good measure of the 2yo talent that had made his sire Uncle Mo the outstanding juvenile of 2010. Designated a ‘TDN Rising Star’ following his seven-length victory over a mile at Belmont in September, Mo Town then decisively landed the Gr.2 Remsen Stakes over a mile and an eighth. The quality of his performances was recognised with an Experimental Free Handicap weight of 118. Although Mo Town’s juvenile victories were gained on dirt, he proved his versatility by developing into a leading turf performer at three, when he won the Gr.1 Hollywood Derby from the future Gr.1 Turf Classic and Gr.1 Man o’War Stakes winner Channel Maker.
Even though he did so well on turf, Mo Town has the pedigree of a dirt performer. His dam, the two-time winner Grazie Mille, represents the highly successful partnership which Bernardini has enjoyed with mares by Carson City. From 21 foals it has produced Gr.1 winners Cavorting and A Z Warrior, Gr.2 winner Wilburn and Gr.3 winner Gala Award. Mo Town’s second dam, Molto Vita, was a tough and fast dirt performer winning the Gr.3 Thoroughbred Club of America S. at Keeneland and was twice placed at Gr.1 level. The next dam, Princess Polonia, was a Gr.3-winning daughter of the great Danzig. She too was a dirt performer.
With his stallion career in mind it is worth noting that Mo Town hails from the same female family as RAISE A NATIVE, an outstanding sire whose progeny include MR PROSPECTOR, ALYDAR and MAJESTIC PRINCE.
Uncle Mo has thrived with mares from the MR PROSPECTOR line and there is every reason to believe Mo Town will follow suit, as his line of Mr Prospector will be back in the fifth generation of his foals’ pedigrees.
The GONE WEST branch provided Uncle Mo with Gr.1 winner Gomo and Gr.3 winner Lost Raven (both out of daughters of ELUSIVE QUALITY) and Gr.2 winner Laoban (out of a SPEIGHTSTOWN mare).
UNBRIDLED is the broodmare sire of Gr.1 winner Unbridled Mo, while his sons EMPIRE MAKER and UNTUTTABLE are respectively the broodmare sires of Gr.1 Wood Memorial winner Outwork and Gr.3 winner Uncle Vinny.
RUBIANO - like Unbridled a son of FAPPIANO - supplied the dam of another Gr.3 winner, Mo Tom, while Fappiano’s grandson VICTORY GALLOP is broodmare sire of Gr.3 winner Hot Springs. There are also Graded-placed performers with dams by UNBRIDLED’S SONG and QUIET AMERICAN.
Uncle Mo’s Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has a second dam by SEEKING THE GOLD (also broodmare sire of Gr.1-placed Conquest Mo Money) and Uncle Mo has talented winners with dams by TWO PUNCH, FUSAICHI PEGASUS, CRAFTY PROSPECTOR, CARSON CITY and BLACK TIE AFFAIR.
He is also doing well with the AFLEET branch, siring the Gr.1 winner Dream Tree from an AFLEET ALEX mare and Gr.3 winner Name Changer from a NORTHERN AFLEET mare.
Uncle Mo has quickly proved himself with the STORM CAT line, siring champion Nyquist and Gr.3 winner Auntie Joy from daughters of FORESTRY, Gr.3 winners from daughters of STORM CAT and TALE OF THE CAT and Graded-placed winners with dams by the likes of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, SCAT DADDY, FREUD and HENNY HUGHES.
A.P. INDY will be back in the fourth generation of Mo Town’s foals, so duplications to this champion sire are an option. Mo Town should do well with mares by all the successful stallions from the A.P. Indy-Mr Prospector cross, such as PULPIT, MINESHAFT, FLATTER and CONGRATS, and daughters of TAPIT are worth considering.
In view of Mo Town’s success on turf, the SADLER’S WELLS line is a likeable option. Daughters of EL PRADO, MEDAGLIA D’ORO and KITTEN’S JOY are candidates. Uncle Mo already has black-type winners out of daughters of DEPUTY MINISTER, FRENCH DEPUTY and DEFRERE.
The HAIL TO REASON line is suitable too as Uncle Mo sired Gr.3 winner Royal Mo from a SAINT BALLADO mare and he has two Graded-placed fillies out of MORE THAN READY mares. His top-class daughter Bast is inbred 3x2 to ARCH. Mo Town would move the inbreeding back to 4x2, and with BLAME mares it would be 4x3.