Uncle Mo Paddock

$350,000 Mare Leads Uncle Mo Offerings at Keeneland January

Tuesday at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale was a successful one for Uncle Mo with three offerings selling for over $300,000.

That charge was led by the $350,000 Bold Connection, purchased by Brookdale Farm.

A stakes placed 3-year-old filly, Bold Connection is a half-sister to Grade I winner Sweet Loretta and stakes placed Bridlewood Cat with the trio out of the stakes placed Ithinkisawapudycat. That mare is a half-sister to Canadian champion Spring in the Air, who has produced Grade III placed Find.

Uncle Mo had the two highest priced yearlings of the second session, led by a $340,000 colt consigned by Lane’s End.

Purchased by Castleton Way, this is the second foal out of the winning Candy Ride mare Canteen, who is out of the stakes placed Sweet Tess. Under the three dams on the page are Canadian champion Frosted Over, stakes winner and Grade I placed Lady Melesi, and eight other stakes performers.

“He was a nice colt and we liked him and wanted to give him a chance,” Castleton Way’s Marshall Taylor told Thoroughbred Daily News. “He had a great walk and a beautiful physical. He's a late May foal, so I think he will keep improving. He looked like a horse with a lot of upside.”

Terry Green’s Jackpot Farm and Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt already have a successful Uncle Mo colt in the stakes winner and Grade I-placed Gulfport and on Tuesday teamed up to buy a $335,000 Uncle Mo colt out of Victory Party.

“The goal was, let's see if we can find another Gulfport,” Jackpot Farm’s advisor Bobby Powell told Thoroughbred Daily News. “There are options on the table for what we do with him, whether he's a resale later in the year or if he's in the stable. But those guys have options. We will just let the horse grow up and let time tell us what to do.”

The colt has multiple ties to the Ashford stallion barn with his dam a half-sister to Grade I winner Mendelssohn in addition to being the dam of Classic Empire’s stakes-placed Classic Moment. Victory Party is also the dam of Grade II placed Victory Kingdom and is a half-sister to four-time champion Beholder and Grade I winner Into Mischief, the sire of young Ashford stallion Practical Joke.

Three mares produced by stakes winner Leslie’s Lady are also stakes producers with the other two mares producing stakes winner Harry’s Holiday, multiple Grade III placed Remedy, and stakes placed Sarah Her Highness.

Through the first three sessions of the sale, Uncle Mo has seen 17 horses sell for a gross of $2,345,000. Uncle Mo is the sire of two stakes winners so far in 2023 with seven winners this year overall.