Uncle Mo Head Shot

50th Stakes-winner for Uncle Mo

Progressive colt Moon Colony (3c Uncle Mo x Promenade Girl x by Carson City) opened his Black Type account with a stylish win in the $500,000 Grade II Penn National Stakes on Saturday.

The Mark Casse trained colt scored a length and a quarter win for Julie Leparoux in the one mile contest on turf taking his record to three wins from seven starts with prizemoney in excess of $370,000.

"You know what? He's a pretty good horse," said Casse.

"He was kind of an underachiever early on. I thought his last race at Gulfstream was really good. We brought him home to our training center, and I saw a different horse. I thought he'd run really well.

"What made me really feel good (was that) Julien had a lot of horse. He had a really good work at Belmont with an older horse named Mo Diddley, and he kind of played with Mo Diddley, and Mo Diddley ran seven-eighths (and won) at Belmont yesterday in 1:21. To outwork an older horse like that, I knew he was sitting on a really good race.”

A $400,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase, Moon Colony runs for John Oxley and is a half-brother to triple Grade I winner Cavorting from Grade II winner Promenade Girl.

He becomes the 50th stakes-winner for outstanding sire Uncle Mo.