Friday, May 6, 2011

Virginia Gold Cup and Kentucky Derby Updates

Uncle Mo (Garry Jones/AP Photo)
As of yesterday, the field for the 86th running of the Livingsocial Virginia Gold Cup remains intact.  There have been no scratches from the field of seven horses that includes last year’s runner-up Bon Caddo and International Gold Cup winner He’s A Conniver.

To see the entries, click here.

The Kentucky Derby picture is a little cloudier. 

Early this morning, second favorite Uncle Mo was scratched.

Uncle Mo galloped Friday morning at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., without his Derby saddle towel. The announcement was later made at the track.

His owner, Mike Repole, was not present during the morning workout.

Uncle Mo has been recovering from a stomach ailment but had looked good galloping this week.

Last year's juvenile champion  had been the 9-2 second choice behind 4-1 early favorite Dialed In.

Morning line favorite Dialed In (Al Bello/Getty Images)
On Thursday, Repole was awaiting results from the latest vet exam.

"If he's not what we deem to be 100 percent tomorrow, he's not going to be 100 percent on Saturday," he said.

Repole has said yesterday  that he wouldn’t sacrifice Uncle Mo's health to satisfy his 30-year dream of having a horse in America's greatest race. Either way, he won't be shut out. He has Stay Thirsty in the full field of 20 horses.

"It's tough," he said. "Racing needs superstars and if he's 100 percent, Uncle Mo could be that superstar." 

To read more about both races visit our sister blogs The Virginia Blog Cup and The Virginia Thoroughbred Blog.  

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