Reigning 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo will stand at Coolmore's American-based Ashford Stud upon his retirement from racing, owner Mike Repole announced Thursday.
Uncle Mo was forced to miss the entire Triple Crown season because of a rare liver ailment but most recently captured the Grade II Kelso Handicap over older horses at Belmont last weekend to set him up for a possible run in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Though Repole has repeatedly stressed he and trainer Todd Pletcher take a one-day-at-a-time approach with Uncle Mo in the wake of his illness, he has not ruled out bringing the son of Indian Charlie back for his 4-year-old season.
"We'll see what happens in the Classic and then Todd and I will sit down with the Coolmore team and we'll decide where to go from there," Repole said.
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Returning after a near five-month layoff, Uncle Mo was just nosed out by Caleb's Posse in the Grade I King's Bishop Stakes prior to his win in the Kelso. He won the Grade I Champagne and Breeders' Cup Juvenile last season en route to earning divisional honors.
"Todd Pletcher said he's never had a horse as good as Uncle Mo, so that's good enough for me," said Dermot Ryan, manager of Ashford Stud outside Versailles. "He's also a magnificent-looking horse by a very good sire, so we're really looking forward to having him when the time comes for him to retire."