Undefeated champion UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie) recorded his first official breeze since his 4 1/4-length conquest of the November 6 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), strolling three furlongs in a leisurely :39 4/5 over a fast track at Palm Meadows on Sunday. The Todd Pletcher colt is expected to begin his road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
“I think people are making a bigger deal out of the time than they need to,” Pletcher told Daily Racing Form.
“It’s his first work back. I wasn’t looking for any speed. The only thing I didn’t want him to do was go too fast. I already know he’s fast. All I wanted was an easy three-eighths. We’ll pick it up as we go along. He’ll probably go a half-mile next week.”
Also returning to the worktab was Hopeful S. (G1) runner-up STAY THIRSTY (Bernardini), the fifth-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, who zipped in a bullet :36 4/5. Pletcher told DRF that the March 5 Gotham S. (G3) was his first objective.
Undefeated three-year-old BRETHREN (Distorted Humor), a half-brother to Kentucky Derby (G1) star Super Saver, traveled five panels in 1:02 1/5. The Pletcher pupil is on course to make his stakes debut in the February 12 Sam F. Davis S. (G3).