Tests conducted on champion UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie) in the wake of his upset loss in last Saturday's Wood Memorial S. (G1) indicate he is "completely sound," according to trainer Todd Pletcher.
"After a thorough physical exam (Monday), Uncle Mo was found to be completely sound," Pletcher said in a release. "(Tuesday) we did blood work, ultrasound of the internal organs, and stomach scoping. We should have all the results by Thursday. (Wednesday) morning Uncle Mo will be back on the track."
The 1-10 favorite in the Wood Memorial, Uncle Mo led until the eighth pole of that nine-furlong event before he was overtaken by both Toby's Corner (Bellamy Road) and Arthur's Tale (Bernardini). The defeat, by a little more than a length, was the first in five career starts for last year's juvenile colt champion.
"The performance in the Wood Memorial was not the Uncle Mo we all know," owner Mike Repole said. "I have and will continue to use every resource we can to make sure Uncle Mo gets the best care, evaluation and treatment. I know how high Todd's confidence level is on Uncle Mo. After spending a full day with numerous veterinarians and Todd, I have the utmost confidence that we will get to whatever must have been plaguing him. I clearly expect to see Uncle Mo like performances in the near future."
Uncle Mo is expected to ship to Churchill Downs next week in advance of the May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1).