Uncle Mo, a 1-10 favorite in the Wood Memorial, stunned the crowd at Aqueduct on Saturday, April 9 by getting passed in the stretch by two horses. The previously unbeaten three-year-old finished third to the disappointment of many in the racing world who hoped for a super horse to spark the upcoming Triple Crown season. Uncle Mo’s defeat stands as one of the biggest upsets in the eighty-seven-year-old Grade 1 race.
“The horse didn’t fire today,” said owner Mike Repole.
The Kentucky Derby picture became instantly fuzzy. The 1-1/4 mile Derby distance looms huge in light of Uncle Mo’s stretch loss to two relatively undistinguished horses.
For more details, see Tom Pedulla’s article in USA Today.