By Justine Frostad — 05/06/11
Uncle Mo will not be running in the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. Owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher made the announcement that they have scratched the colt from the Derby. This morning they held a press conference just 40 minutes before wagering for the race opened.
Repole said the colt has been scratched because he has not fully recovered from a stomach ailment and should not be running the 11/4-mile race.
“It’s very, very disappointing,” said Pletcher.
Uncle Mo was the 9-2 second choice in the morning line.
Repole made it clear that he supports the decision. It became evident to Pletcher when the horse trained this morning and the veterinarian said he was not doing well.
“At the end of the day he treats these horses better than he treats his own health,” Repole said, referring to Pletcher. “As bad as I want to win this race in my life I trust his decision.”
Repole’s shot at winning this year’s Kentucky Derby is not over quite yet. He has another horse in the race..Stay Thirsty. However Repole does not believe the horse has a chance to win especially since he is now 20 to 1.
So now the field for the 137th Kentucky Derby has been reduced to 19 horses. Dialed In is the early favorite at 4-1 odds.