Uncle Mo, last year's 2-year-old champion who missed the Kentucky Derby because of a rare liver disease, has recently started galloping and is expected to ship to Saratoga next Monday, according to trainer Todd Pletcher.
Five weeks after enjoying a dream trip to win the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom experienced a nightmarish start in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, leading to a sixth-place finish in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom came out of his second-place finish in Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico tired, but otherwise in good shape and will be under strong consideration to run back in the Belmont Stakes on June 11.
Toby's Corner, upset winner of the Wood Memorial who was forced to miss the Kentucky Derby due to lameness in his right hind leg, was to begin walking under tack on Thursday at trainer Graham Motion's barn at the Fair Hill Training Center.
Robby Albarado, who was taken off eventual Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom the day before the race, has picked up the mount on King Congie for the $1 million Preakness on May 21, a race in which he will face Animal Kingdom at Pimlico.
Uncle Mo, who was scratched from Saturday's Kentucky Derby due to a yet-to-be-diagnosed internal issue, was vanned from Churchill Downs to WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., on Monday morning, his connections announced.
Graham Motion was able to bask in the sunshine and dry conditions in northeast Maryland as he watched Toby's Corner work six furlongs in 1:15 over the Tapeta surface at the Fair Hill Training Center in preparation for Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
Looking to alleviate that stress from his life, Durkin will no longer be the voice of the Triple Crown, deciding not to seek a renewal of his contract with NBC Sports, with whom he has been affiliated for 27 years.
The connections of Uncle Mo believe they have a reason why their horse did not run up to expectations in last weekend's $1 million Wood Memorial, and are still hoping to get last year's 2-year-old champion to the Kentucky Derby on May 7.