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Uncle Mo with John Velazques up wins the Timely Writer

Uncle Mo maintained his position at the head of the Kentucky Derby market with an easy debut score on Saturday

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Indian Charlie's Uncle Mo wins seasonal debut

KENTUCKY DERBY favourite Uncle Mo made a pleasing three-year-old debut when scoring easily at odds of 1-20 in the 1m Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Last year's two-year-old champion took his unbeaten record to four with a 3¾-length victory over Kiaran McLaughlin's maiden winner Rattlesnake Bridge.

The one-turn Timely Writer Stakes had been specially carded for the sensational Breeders' Cup Juenile winner, whose task was eased when likely second favourite Madman Diaries was scratched to leave a field of five.

After getting a slight bump at the gate, Uncle Mo was allowed to set an easy pace before drawing away in the stretch for an effortless victory, stopping the clock at 1m36.56, including a speedy 22.87s for the final quarter.

The son of Indian Charlie is likely to have his final Kentucky prep in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 9.

Indian Charlie could hold a strong hand for this year's Triple Crown trail: aside from Uncle Mo, he also has last month's Grade 2 Robert B Lewis Stakes winner Anthony's Cross and San Fernando Stakes winner Indian Firewater.

The stallion stands at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky at a fee of $70,000.

UncleMo was bred in Kentucky by Dr D. Michael Cavey of Respite Farm out of the wining Arch mare Playa Maya.

He was sold for $160,000 as a foal at Keeneland November in 2008 and resold in the same ring to his current owners Repole Stables for $220,000 the following September.





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