Todd Pletcher believes Uncle Mo can now join 3yo title chase

Jul 11, 2011 9:33 AM

No need for anymore of that "pink" stuff to help Uncle Mo’s tummy ache. Horse medics appear to have cured the three-year-old thoroughbred’s cholangiohepatitis, a condition they describe as a severe inflammation of the bile passages and adjacent liver.

The medical condition kept the colt from competing in the Kentucky Derby after experts had designated him the favorite among the 20 horses expected to compete. Owner Mike Repole said he agreed with Trainer Todd Pletcher that the colt was not up to snuff and should not compete. That’s when the veterinary team went to work to determine the colt’s problem.

Without an obvious champion among the fields remaining for competition in the Triple Crown events, the results saw three different winners of the Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

That is what is encouraging Pletcher to believe his charge can be formidable in races through the Breeders’ Cup, thus making a strong case for Three-Year-Old championship honors.

Current plans have Uncle Mo returning to racing in a stakes race on Aug. 27 at Saratoga.