Together with leading young sires Outwork and Nyquist, Mo Town ranks among Uncle Mo’s five Gr.1-winning sons. He inherited plenty of the talent that had made 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 S. 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 developed into a leading turf performer at three, when he won the Gr.1 Hollywood Derby from the future four-time Gr.1 winner Channel Maker.
Mo Town’s second dam, Molto Vita, was a tough and fast dirt performer who won a Gr.3 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. This is the female line responsible for breed-shaping sire RAISE A NATIVE.
Mo Town’s sire Uncle Mo has thrived with mares from the MR PROSPECTOR. The GONE WEST branch provided Uncle Mo with Gr.1 winner Gomo (out of a daughter of ELUSIVE QUALITY) and Gr.2 winner Laoban (out of a SPEIGHTSTOWN mare).
UNBRIDLED is the broodmare sire of Gr.1 winner Unbridled Mo and his sons EMPIRE MAKER, UNBRIDLED’S SONG and UNTUTTABLE all rank among the broodmare sires of Uncle Mo’s Graded winners. The Gr.1 winner Outwork has an EMPIRE MAKER dam. Daughters of three sons of FAPPIANO have produced GSWs to Uncle Mo.
His Gr.1 winner Golden Pal is out of a mare from that line through MIDSHIPMAN.
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist is one of four Gr.1 winners with a Mr Prospector line mare as his second dam, the stallions being SEEKING THE GOLD, AFLEET, CORONADO’S QUEST and CARSON CITY. Uncle Mo’s foals out of AFLEET ALEX mares feature the Gr.1 winner Dream Tree.
Uncle Mo quickly proved himself with the STORM CAT line, siring the top-class Nyquist and the Gr.3 winner Auntie Joy from daughters of FORESTRY as well as Gr.3 winners from daughters of STORM CAT, BLUEGRASS CAT and TALE OF THE CAT. His Gr.2 winner Harvest Moon has a dam by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY’s son SHAMARDAL.
Two of Mo Town’s first-crop yearlings out of TALE OF THE CAT mares sold for $275,000 and $150,000.
A.P. INDY will be back in the fourth generation of Mo Town’s foals. A second line to this Champion Sire is an option, as there is a growing number of Graded stakes winners inbred to A.P. Indy, including the Gr.1 or Gr.2 winners Sweet Loretta (3x4), American Anthem (4x2), Coal Front (3x3) and I Spent It (3x4). Daughters of TAPIT are worth considering now that Uncle Mo has sired the smart Pneumatic from one. A son of Uncle Mo owes his two Gr.1 winners to grand-daughters of A.P. Indy, by BERNARDINI and MINESHAFT, so it isn’t surprising that BERNARDINI sired the dam of Mo Town’s first-crop son which sold for $450,000.
Uncle Mo has also sired Gr.1 or Gr.2 winners from mares by DIXIELAND BAND, by NUREYEV’s son UNUSUAL HEAT and by DANZIG’s son WAR FRONT.
Uncle Mo already has black-type winners out of daughters of DEPUTY MINISTER, FRENCH DEPUTY and DEFRERE.
Uncle Mo has several black-type horses out of MORE THAN READY mares. Laoban, another son of Uncle Mo, sired the Gr.1 winner Simply Ravishing from a MORE THAN READY mare.