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Uncle Mo Breezes; Brethren Relaxes


Uncle Mo breezed a half-mile Sunday morning at Palm Meadows in :47.45 (5/51).

“It was a tad quicker than we expected," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "We wanted him to go in :48 and change, but he did it effortlessly. It’s amazing what a couple of works have done for his fitness level. I feel like I’m ahead of schedule. I’m particularly pleased with the way he galloped out.”

Uncle Mo galloped out five furlongs in 1:00 alongside stablemate Stay Thirsty. It was Uncle Mo’s third work of the winter. Pletcher said Uncle Mo is still on target to make his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby on March 12.

Meanwhile, back at the barn, WinStar Farm’s undefeated Brethren relaxed in his stall. Pletcher called the colt’s victory in yesterday's Grade III Sam F. Davis “excellent” but said he was undecided where Brethren might run next.

“I talked to Elliott (Walden) this morning, and we’re just going to let the dust settle and look at all our options,” Pletcher said.

--Edited track release

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