04/12/2011 9:28PM

Uncle Mo undergoes tests; 'completely sound'

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Barbara D. Livingston
Uncle Mo, leaving the gate in Saturday’s Wood Memorial, is scheduled to leave for Churchill Downs on Monday.

In the wake of his stunning defeat as the 1-9 favorite in Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial, Uncle Mo underwent a battery of tests at Belmont Park on Tuesday, his connections said in a press release Tuesday night. The results of the tests likely won’t be available until Thursday, but the release said Uncle Mo was "completely sound."

"After a thorough physical exam [Monday], Uncle Mo was found to be completely sound," trainer Todd Pletcher said in a press release. "Today we did blood work, ultrasound of the internal organs, and stomach scoping. We should have all the results by Thursday. Tomorrow morning Uncle Mo will be back on the track."

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In the same release, owner Michael Repole said: "The performance in the Wood Memorial was not the Uncle Mo we all know. I have and will continue to use every resource we can to make sure Uncle Mo gets the best care, evaluation and treatment. I know how high Todd’s confidence level is on Uncle Mo. After spending a full day with numerous veterinarians and Todd, I have the utmost confidence that we will get to whatever must have been plaguing him. I clearly expect to see Uncle Mo-like performances in the near future."

Uncle Mo won the first four starts of his career, including the Grade 1 Champagne and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 2. He suffered his first defeat in the Wood, beaten 1 1/4 lengths by Toby’s Corner.

Uncle Mo is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Monday.

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