03/03/2017 2:46PM

Frommer's guide to Uncle Mo

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At a price of $1.5 million, this Uncle Mo filly was the top seller of the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

If any doubt remained that Cary Frommer knows how to pick and condition an Uncle Mo yearling for a juvenile sale, it was shattered on Wednesday when she consigned a $1.5 million filly by the red-hot sire to top the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Frommer, a South Carolina resident, sold a $1 million Uncle Mo colt at last year’s Gulfstream sale, then consigned a $1.3 million colt by the sire at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

On the heels of last year’s success, Frommer told partner Barry Berkelhammer that another year like 2016 would make taking all of her chips off the table an attractive prospect.

“I told Barry coming into this year, if we have another good year, I may get out of the business,” Frommer said. “I said, ‘You know, you’ve got to know when to quit things, and if we have another good year, I’m thinking I should just take my money and go lay on a beach somewhere.’

“After the first horse sold, he said, ‘Still want to get out of the business?’ and I said, ‘I’m already thinking about buying yearlings.’ ”

The sale-topper was the first of Frommer’s two seven-figure transactions on the night, followed near the end of trade by a $1.1 million More Than Ready colt. Both horses went to Larry Best of OXO Equine.

The transactions brought to fruition a plan set last year by Frommer to buy at a higher level at the yearling sales and aim the horses for elite markets as juveniles. Frommer bought the Uncle Mo filly for $250,000 and the More Than Ready colt for $235,000 last July.