04/18/2011 8:27AM

Churchill Downs: Uncle Mo arrival delayed Mon. a.m.

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Had been waiting here at Churchill Downs for major Ky Derby contender Uncle Mo to arrive, but just got word from track officials that the charter flight carrying him, R Heat Lightning, and other horses from New York has been diverted for unknown reasons to Dulles in Washington, D.C. There is no word yet on when or how the horses will be transported here. Their arrival at Louisville International had been scheduled for 8:45 ET, with another 30 or 45 minutes to get here from the airport, but clearly that plan has been scuttled.

Conversely, the scheduled 6 a.m. arrival of another Derby contender, Mucho Macho Man, following a long van ride from Florida came much earlier: the colt pulled thru the stable gate at 2:45 a.m., according to track officials. He will have his first day on the track tomorrow.