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Champion and early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie), an easy and impressive winner of his 2011 debut in Saturday's Timely Writer S. at Gulfstream Park, will most likely prepare for the 137th Run for the Roses in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on April 9, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday morning.
Bouncing back with a vengeance from his first career loss in the February 20 San Vicente S. (G2), PREMIER PEGASUS (Fusaichi Pegasus) spread-eagled what looked like a competitive field in Saturday's $250,000 San Felipe S. (G2) at Santa Anita. A homebred owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, Premier Pegasus unleashed a monstrous closing kick to romp by a stakes-record 7 3/4 lengths over 2-1 favorite Jaycito (Victory Gallop), stating his case as the leading Kentucky Derby (G1) contender on the West Coast.
Saturday's $350,000Tampa Bay Derby (G2) produced a shocking conclusion, with 43-1 outsider WATCH ME GO (West Acre) edging the biggest longshot in the nine-horse field, 86-1 Crimson Knight (Leroidesanimaux [Brz]), by a neck in the final strides.
Fox Hill Farms' JOYFUL VICTORY (Tapit) was content to track behind the early pace in Saturday's $125,000 Honeybee S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park, but asserted her superiority in the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile test. Coming wide around the turn, the gray lass quickly took command and easily drew off to be 8 3/4 lengths clear on the wire while stopping the clock in 1:44 4/5 in her three-year-old bow.
Repole Stable's unbeaten champion UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie) made an imperious return to action against four overmatched opponents in Saturday's $78,400 Timely Writer S. at Gulfstream Park, ratifying his status as the early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite. Under regular rider John Velazquez, the Todd Pletcher colt easily secured the early lead, turned back the game challenge of Rattlesnake Bridge (Tapit), and kicked away to a 3 3/4-length triumph.
Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's WYOMIA (Vindication) settled off the pace through the early part of Saturday's $55,500 Suncoast S. at Tampa Bay Downs, angled in to split horses in midstretch, and just ran down Devilish Lady (Sweetsouthernsaint) by a head on the wire.
Local rider Frederic Lenclud picked up the mount on the Curtis Garrison trainee in the mile-and-40-yard test and guided Wyomia to finish up in 1:39 4/5 over the fast dirt.