Remember Uncle Mo? He was considered a Derby front-runner in 2011 after an undefeated 2-year-old season, but a gastrointestinal infection and subsequent liver disease caused him to be scratched from the Derby, and he didn’t return to racing until August. He was retired that year.
Now it seems that Uncle Mo’s progeny are wanting to exact revenge for his missing the Derby. His latest crop of 3-year-olds are dominating the Race for the Derby so far, with Nyquist, Mo Tom and Forevamo leading the way.
Uncle Lino, Uncle Walter and Laoban (Where did that name come from? At least it could have been Laomo, or Uncle Laoban) have also showed some promise, and the filly Clipthecouponannie (This name comes from the dam Lights Off Annie, but it could have been Lights Off Mo – short for Maureen) is unbeaten and recently took the Franklin Square Stakes.
It’s still early, but there’s plenty of Uncle Mo’s blood to spread around the field this year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Uncle Mo horse in the winner’s circle in May.