06/15/2016 12:43PM

Outwork to stand at WinStar upon retirement

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Michael Amoruso
Outwork wins the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes in April.

Owner-breeder Mike Repole has sold the breeding rights to his Wood Memorial Stakes winner Outwork to WinStar Farm and Woodford Thoroughbred when the horse is eventually retired to stud at WinStar in Versailles, Ky., it was announced today.

“We are thrilled to work with John (Sykes) and Matt (Lyons) of Woodford Thoroughbreds and Mike (Repole) on such an exciting young Grade 1-winning son of superstar stallion Uncle Mo,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar president and CEO. “Uncle Mo trained here on the farm, and ever since Outwork was born at WinStar, he reminded us of his sire, from the time he was a young horse to when he was in training as a 2-year-old. We have two great farms behind him along with Mike Repole. The sky is the limit on Outwork’s stallion career.”

By Uncle Mo out of Nonna Mia, by Empire Maker, Outwork will continue to race for his breeder, Repole Stable, and trainer Todd Pletcher.
Outwork, winner of three of five starts, is being pointed for the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes at a mile at Belmont Park on July 9. He is being freshened after running 14th in the Kentucky Derby after attending the early pace. He won his debut last year at Keeneland in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race in April, becoming eventual leading freshman sire Uncle Mo’s first winner.

The colt won an optional claimer in his 3-year-old debut at Tampa Bay in February and then was second to Destin in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. He won the Grade 1 Wood in his fourth career start over Trojan Nation. He has earnings of $701,800.

Outwork is out of the Grade 1-placed and multiple stakes-producing Empire Maker mare Nonna Mia, who has produced three foals, with two to race, including stakes-placed Nonna’s Boy, by Distorted Humor. Nonna Mia is a half-sister to Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes winner Cairo Prince (by Empire Maker).

Said Repole: “Elliott has loved this horse from day one, and I am excited to be bringing him back to WinStar upon his retirement. What strikes me the most about Outwork is that he’s an identical physical to his sire Uncle Mo, and Outwork has always shown that pure speed of Uncle Mo, both as a 2-year-old and as a 3-year-old.”