Trainer Todd Pletcher capped a roller-coaster of a day on a high Saturday night when Caixa Eletronica blew past Duke of Mischief in the stretch and drew clear to win the Grade 2, $1 million Charles Town Classic by three lengths.
After watching Uncle Mo breeze five furlongs Wednesday morning at Saratoga, trainer Todd Pletcher said last year's 2-year-old champion is "on target" to make the Grade 1, $250,000 King's Bishop here on Aug. 27.
Last year, the best 2-year-old in the country belonged to owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher. Through Sunday, the best 2-year-old in the country this year belongs to owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher.
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.
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.
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.
Uncle Mo arrived at his Belmont Park home at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday and two hours later was assigned post 5 for his engagement in Saturday's $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, where he will face nine opponents.
When trainer Barclay Tagg talked owner Charles Fipke out of running Jersey Town in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, it was with the idea that the Grade 1 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile would come up an easier spot.