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Mo Town Racing News
Mo Town went into winter as one of the highest-rated chances for the Kentucky Derby after showing great potential in his 2-year-old career.
Trained by Tony Dutrow, Mo Town was second on debut before winning a Belmont Park maiden. He then stepped into grade 2 company in the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct, where he proved too strong for No Dozing and Takaful.
That victory made him one of the most popular horses among Derby pundits. However, he went down a peg or two after his 3-year-old debut in the Risen Star Stakes (G2), where he faded after sitting outside the leader to finish fifth behind Girvin.
Bred by John D. Gunther and Eurowest Bloodstock, Mo Town was sold for $200,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale. He is raced by Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Team D.
Mo Town is from the second crop of Uncle Mo, sire of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. His dam Grazie Millie is by Bernardini out of the good sprinting mare Molto Vita, a winner of eight including the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G3). Her dam is the Danzig mare Princess Polonia, whose victories included the 1-1/8 mile Sixty Sails Handicap (G3).
Mo Town was at 12-1 when the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool closed, and 15-1 at the end of Pool 2, but had drifted to 27-1 at the end of pool 3. He could be good value if punters believe his first run of the season was that of a horse that will improve with more racing.