Uncle Mo, last year's champion 2-year-old male and undefeated winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, received the highweight assignment of 128 pounds — the most in 14 years — on the Experimental Free Handicap, released Thursday.
Awesome Feather, last year's champion 2-year-old filly and undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, led the filly division with a highweight of 123 pounds.
The Experimental Free Handicap, published annually by The Jockey Club since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year's leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 11⁄16 miles on dirt.
The committee weighted 99 males and 92 fillies.
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Uncle Mo won all three of his starts last year by a combined 23¼ lengths for earnings of $1,296,000. Owned by Repole Stable, Uncle Mo won the Champagne Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He was bred in Kentucky by D. Michael Cavey DVM.
The 128 pounds assigned to Uncle Mo was 2 pounds above the standard for top Experimental colts, including last year's co-highweights Lookin At Lucky and Vale of York. It was the highest assignment since Favorite Trick received 128 pounds in 1997.
Uncle Mo was weighted 5 pounds higher than To Honor and Serve, a winner of three of his four starts in 2010.
In the filly division, the 123 pounds assigned to Awesome Feather is the standard for top Experimental fillies and equivalent to the assignment on last year's co-highweights, Blind Luck and She Be Wild.
Bred in Florida by her owner Jacks or Better Farm Inc., Awesome Feather's six victories in 2010 came by a combined 25½ lengths for earnings of $1,495,746.
Experimental Free Handicap
128—Uncle Mo; 123—To Honor and Serve; 122—Boys At Tosconova; 121—Comma to the Top, Pluck; 120—J P's Gusto, Jaycito, Kantharos; 119—J.B.'s Thunder, Soldat; 116—Rogue Romance, Santiva; 115—Astrology, Major Gain, Mucho Macho Man, Wilcox Inn; 114—Gourmet Dinner, Madman Diaries, Riveting Reason, Stay Thirsty; 112—Caleb's Posse, Mountain Town, Premier Pegasus, Rush Now; 111—Clearance Clarence, Maybesomaybenot, Sway Away; 110—Air Support, Bandbox, Cozy Kitten, Rough Sailing, Tiz Blessed, Vengeful Wildcat, Wine Police; 109—Chipshot, Clubhouse Ride; 108—Aces N Kings, City Cool, Little Drama, Moment of Weakness, Ocasta, Ribo Bobo, Silver Medallion; 107—Decisive Moment, Lou Brissie, R Boy Bill, Royal Currier, Western Mood; 106—Biondetti, Couldabenthewhisky, Deciphering Dreams, Gab Power, Industry Leader, Nacho Saint, Positive Response, Rustler Hustler, Ten Devils; 105—Glint, Grant Jack, Halo's Thunder, Powhatan County, Stormy Rush, Surrey Starr, Sweet Ducky, Tanzana, Typhoon Slew; 104—Curlinello, Dreamsrunwild, Mr. Proud Allen, Too Experience; 103—Andersonstate, Awesome Patriot, Fort Hughes, Machisa, Major Art, Monzon; 102—Brickyard Fast, Conservative Value, Majestic Knight, Mesonic, Rough'n Royal, The Flying Whizzer, Unbridled Sheriff; 101—Indian Winter, Swift Warrior; 100—Bail Out the Cat, Behold de Buy, Congo, Contemplated, Dual Citizen, I'm Steppin It Up, Impersonator, King Samurai, Prayer for Relief, Quality Council, Settle for Medal; Smiles Ahead, Trubs, Unleash the Humor.
123—Awesome Feather; 120—More Than Real, Turbulent Descent; 119—A Z Warrior, R Heat Lightning; 118—Dancingherdreams, Kathmanblu, Rigoletta, Tell a Kelly, Wickedly Perfect; 116—Big Tiz, Position Limit, Winter Memories; 115—Indian Gracey; 114—Delightful Mary, Dixie City; 113—Full Moon Blues, Jordy Y, May Day Rose; 112—Believe in A.P., Harlan's Ruby, Neversaidiwassweet, Wonderlandbynight; 111—Bouquet Booth, Forest Legend, Le Mi Geaux, Niji's Grand Girl; 110—Grandacious, Holiday for Kitten, Just Louise; 109—Blue Eyed Sweetie, Salty Strike, Tiger Girl; 108—Dawnie Macho, It's Me Mom, Joyful Victory, Ruthenia, She'll Heir, Tales in Excess, Tap for Luck, Wave of Applause; 107—Cathy's Crunches, Cloneylass, Days Like This, Stopspendingmaria; 106—California Nectar, Fancy Point, Summer Laugh, Tristanme, Twelve Pack Shelly, Zazu; 105—A Brilliant Idea, Alienation, Eden Star, Excited, Fastation, Izshelegal, Missyoulikecrazy, Unbridled Praise; 104—Belleofthe bridle, Beso Grande, Game to Run, Jazzy Jessy, Lauren Byrd, Maple Forest, Miss Kinderhook, True Way of Grace; 103—Accept, Arch Support, Ayoumilove, Because I Like It, Mimi's Missy, Patty's Pride, Recipient, Speedy's Gal; 102—Big Sweets, Dos Lunas; 101—Darling Ciana, Lilacs and Lace, Show Me the Bling, Third Chance; 100—Aide, Gran Lioness, Media Bias, Pinch Pie, Promise Me a Cat, Sleepless Dixie, Suave Voir Faire, Subpoena, Surmount, Valiant Passion, Warren's Flyer.
Gulfstream lifts quarantine
Gulfstream Park in Florida on Thursday imposed, then lifted, a quarantine on some barns at the track and its Palm Meadows training facility after a horse trained by Jonathan Sheppard showed symptoms of possible neurological disease.
Samples from the horse were flown to Lexington and tested for equine herpes virus. Track officials said the horse tested negative, and Gulfstream lifted the restriction, but not before horses from at least three trainers were scratched from Thursday's card. The barns that were placed under the temporary restriction house horses trained by Todd Pletcher, including Kentucky Derby favorite and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo.