04/23/2015 2:58PM

Champion Uncle Mo sires first winner from first starter


Champion Uncle Mo got his first winner with his first starter on April 23 at Keeneland, as Outwork handily scored in a maiden special weight for 2-year-olds and could be headed to stakes company next.

Outwork, the post-time favorite, won by 2 1/4 lengths while stopping the clock in :52.79 seconds for the 4 1/2 furlong sprint. The colt races as a homebred for Mike Repole, is trained by Todd Pletcher, and was ridden by John Velazquez - the same connections as his sire.

"We have two [by Uncle Mo in the barn], and this one in particular reminds us a lot of him," Pletcher said. "For a big horse he's got a lot of speed. He's trained really, really well since the first day he came in."

Pletcher said that the Tremont Stakes, on June 5 at Belmont Park, is the next target for Outwork.

Uncle Mo won his three starts of 2010 - including the historic Champagne Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile – by a combined 23 1/4 lengths en route to a divisional Eclipse Award. The son of Indian Charlie returned to be a Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed the following season after an illness. He is based at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., and has 164 2-year-olds - the most among Kentucky freshman sires - in his first crop.

Outwork is out of the Grade 1-placed Empire Maker mare Nonna Mia, now the dam of two winners from as many starters. Nonna Mia is a half sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Cairo Prince, and to Holdin Bullets, third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint.