By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile
Today we learned where Uncle Mo will make his 2011 debut, and it will be the one-mile Timely Writer at Gulfstream Park, not the two-turn, Grade II Tampa Bay Derby. Both races are March 12. There are a couple of questions we have.
What horses with Kentucky Derby aspirations will run in this ungraded race, and how much will Uncle Mo get out of it?Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole say the second option for Uncle Mo is the Tampa Bay Derby if the Timely Writer fails to fill.
“Our number one goal and focus is to do what's best for Uncle Mo to have a very healthy and successful 3-year-old campaign,” Repole said. “Mo has more than enough graded earnings to qualify for the Derb,y and we both feel that the Timely Writer will set him up perfectly for the April 9 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct en route to a start in the Kentucky Derby on May 7.
“In racing, there’s no one’s opinion I trust more than Todd Pletcher’s, and just knowing how excited he is about the way Mo’s training is very encouraging. With the race more than two and half weeks away, hopefully this will give Mo’s fans ample time to make arrangements to watch his 3-year-old debut.”
The other question now is: when will fans know if the race fails to fill? Entries close Wednesday, March 9.