Click above to watch Uncle Mo winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
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BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE G1
Churchill Downs, 6 November 2010
Thirty years ago, Mike Repole began going to the track with family members and fell in love with sport, particularly the betting aspect of it.
As his beverage company Glaceau became a huge success as the maker of Vitaminwater, and its subsequent sale to Coca-Cola for a reported $4.1 billion in 2007, Repole got into the owning game.
He established a large claiming stable in New York, then over the last 18 months made a push toward better quality stock. “So many kids growing up want to be football players, and I just wanted to own a special horse,” Repole said yesterday.
Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie), who kicked off his career with a gaudy 14 1/4-length in his debut at Saratoga August 29, was giving his owner his first-ever graded stakes win in the G2 Champagne Stakes at Belmont October 9, and was the public’s choice to close out his juvenile campaign unbeaten.
Connections had to be pleased early when the colt broke alertly, but then relaxed well under John Velazquez and sat a chilly second while longshot Riveting Reason (Fusaichi Pegasus) set fractions of 0:23.57 and 0:47.27.
Velazquez took a look under his arm to see what the competition behind him was up to, but it proved a token gesture. Uncle Mo hit the top of the lane with a full head of steam, dispensed with the pacesetter and drew away easily.
“That was as impressive as they get,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “It was an unbelievable performance; crazy fast like he’s been doing all along. He runs really fast for a long time. Johnny pushed the button on the turn and he had another gear. I don’t get goosebumps very often, but I had them today.”
Said Velazquez, “That was definitely special. We had so much hope for this horse, and for him to come out here and do it the way he did it today, that was special.”
Mike Repole called it an incredible experience. “To share with 50 friends and family at Churchill Downs, and probably 10,000 people watching at home, is just amazing,” he said. “It’s just a great, great moment.” Asked if he was allowing himself to dream of the Kentucky Derby next May, Repole responded, “I did that 30 years ago, and I’ve done it every day for 30 years. So I’ll probably do it tomorrow, also.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News