Fast finishing three-year-olds can light up the phones of bloodstock agents at this time of year, and after posting the fastest six-furlong time at Oaklawn Park in his debut on February 26, UNCLE BRENT (Pioneering) found himself switching barns with Charles J. Cella scooping up the Kentucky-bred and sending him to trainer Lynn Whiting.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Uncle Brent was already making himself at home at Whiting's barn Thursday morning, less than a week after trainer Eric Reed sent the colt into action for owners Westwind Farm and Alvin Taylor.
Reed and his team thought the 1 3/4-length win could make Uncle Brent a contender for the $300,000 Rebel S. (G2). Whiting is not ready to commit to anything so soon after meeting his new charge.
"We obviously feel he's a horse with a lot of talent," said Whiting, who won the 1992 Kentucky Derby (G1) with Lil E. Tee and finished third in the 1984 with At the Threshold. "We are just getting to know him, but to look at him, certainly all the options appear to be on the table at this time. We will do a little something with him and make a decision after that."
Realistic expectations are part of the package with Whiting, certainly with a horse with just one race under his belt.
"You always think about things like the Derby," he admitted. "But we're a long ways away from it. You're always hoping and you want to do the things to let it happen, but you have to be careful. If you gear up too early, you can make a bad decision."