Uncle Mo paddock

New Stakes-Winner for Uncle Mo

Uncle Mo added a new stakes-winner to his tally when progressive colt Mo Maverick (3c Uncle Mo x Lemon Splendor, by Lemon Drop Kid) captured the $59,400 Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth on Saturday.

Stakes-placed twice previously, the George Weaver-trained son of Uncle Mo was a last start fourth in the Grade II Penn Mile.

Sent out favourite on the strength of that good form, Mo Maverick surged clear to win the 1 and 1/16th mile contest on turf by a length and a half.

“He sat just off the early pace and was comfortable,” said winning rider Eddie Castro.

“I felt the horse come pressure me on the outside and I asked him to run and he took off. He’s a really good horse.”

A $200,000 Keeneland September purchase, Mo Maverick has won four races and placed three times from nine starts earning $204,700 in prizemoney.

From stakes-winner Lemon Spendor, Mo Maverick is the 31st stakes-winner worldwide for Uncle Mo.