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Uncle Mo: US champion two-year-old was joined on the Triple Crown trail on Saturday by another son of Indian Charlie, Anthony's Cross

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Indian Charlie strengthens Derby hand

ON the same day that it was announced that US champion two-year-old colt Uncle Mo topped the list of 364 nominations for the Triple Crown, the Classic squad for his sire Indian Charlie was strengthened even further with the victory of Anthony's Cross in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita.

The Eoin Harty-trained colt was nine-and-a-quarter lengths off Tapizar in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes last time out but with that rival going off too fast on this occasion, the blinkered Anthony's Cross not only reversed the placings but held off Riveting Reason to win by a nose.

Anthony's Cross might next be seen in the Santa Anita Derby while in addition to Uncle Mo, Indian Charlie could also represented on the Triple Crown trail by recent San Pedro Stakes winner Indian Winter. Anthony's Cross and Indian Winter are two of three stakes winners this year by the stallion, who stands at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky for $70,000.

By the Irish-bred In Excess, Santa Anita Derby winner Indian Charlie has risen to notoriety the hard way; he sired champions Fleet Indian and Indian Blessing at fees of $15,000 or less while he doesn't have more than 85 foals in each crop aged three or above. That will start to change since he has covered 239 mares during the past two seasons at $70,000.

Bred in Pennsylvania by George Strawbridge, Anthony's Cross was purchased for $300,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale in 2009. Out of the Unbridled mare Screening, he is a half-brother to last year's Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes winner Fugitive Angel.





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