No Mo Spending (Uncle Mo) Wins The Joseph A Gimma Stakes at Belmont Park

Uncle Mo's No Mo’ Spending Wins Joseph A. Gimma

The first half of a quick stakes double for Uncle Mo, No Mo’ Spending (2f Uncle Mo x Stopspendingmaria, by Montbrook) also became his newest stakes winner in the Joseph A. Gimma Stakes at Belmont.

Racing over seven furlongs, the juvenile filly broke strongly and raced a few paths wide just behind the leader. She closed the margin in the far turn to enter the stretch less than a length behind and continued to gain throughout the stretch. Leaving her connections in suspense, No Mo’ Spending wore down the leader in the final strides to win by a neck.

It was the second straight victory for the Ian Wilkes-trained filly, who broke her maiden at Saratoga in August for Randall Bloch, Six Column Stables, David Hall, Michael Steele, Jim Gladden, and Gene Rice.

"I toyed with the idea of the [Grade 1] Alcibiades, but I decided to go with the more conservative route,” said Wilkes. “She's a big 2-year-old filly and I think she needs a little more time before you see the better of her. Where we go from here, I don't know. I'll talk to all of the owners, get her back here and see how she handles everything."

No Mo’ Spending was bred by Repole Stable in New York with Repole racing both Uncle Mo and Stopspendingmaria. The 2-year-old is a full sister to Listed-placed Blewitt with both out of the Grade III-placed Stopspendingmaria.

The sire of 67 stakes winners and 112 stakes horses overall, Uncle Mo has sired 19 stakes winners and 13 graded stakes winners in 2020, the most of any North American sire, with 11 stakes winners alone since August 1st.