It was a busy Sunday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher's juggernaut stable with a dozen stakes runners hitting the work tab, led by Repole Stable's undefeated Eclipse champion UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie). The bay colt clocked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 over the fast main track in company with stablemate STAY THIRSTY (Bernardini) as both three-year-olds get close to their season debuts.
Uncle Mo, a 4 1/4-length winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) on November 6 at Churchill Downs in his last start, is expected to launch his march to the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the $100,000 Timely Writer overnight stakes to be run at one mile on March 12 at Gulfstream Park. Stay Thirsty is still seeking his first stakes win after running second in the Hopeful S. (G1) at Saratoga in September and finishing fifth behind his stablemate in the Juvenile. The dark bay is expected to make his seasonal bow before Uncle Mo when lining up for Saturday's Gotham S. (G3) at Aqueduct.
Other notable Pletcher-trained stars on the Sunday morning tab at Palm Meadows included the undefeated sophomore BRETHREN (Distorted Humor), who drilled a half-mile in :49 2/5. A half-brother to last year's Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver, the bay colt easily captured his stakes bow in the Sam Davis S. (G3) by four lengths and is expected to next contest the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
WinStar homebred CAL NATION (Distorted Humor), who romped by 7 3/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park on February 5 in his career debut, worked five-eighths in 1:02 2/5. Pletcher indicated the bay would make his next start in an allowance sometime in March.