Uncle Mo (2008 b c by Indian Charlie x Playa Maya, by Arch) Ashford $35,000
Champion juvenile colt in 2010, when he was unbeaten in three starts, including the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Uncle Mo did not maintain dominance over his generation the following season.
But after the colt’s sale to Coolmore and retirement to stud at Ashford, he covered his first book of mares in 2012. In his new role, the big bay son of Indian Charlie leapt to prominence as one of a handful of stallions to cover more than 200 mares in 2012. With 211 mares in his book, he ranked fourth among all stallions breeding this year and ranked second among his contemporary first-season stallions, led by fellow Ashford stallion Cape Blanco.
In addition to his élite early racing successes, Uncle Mo has recommended himself to breeders with his commanding physique. A really tall and robustly made horse, Uncle Mo has considerable bone to carry his mass. A rather leggy horse, Uncle Mo has a similar profile to his late sire, the outstanding racehorse and sire Indian Charlie.
Uncle Mo is one of a half-dozen champions by Indian Charlie, whose star performers also include Indian Blessing and Fleet Indian. Indian Charlie himself was a very big horse who showed high form before meeting his only defeat with a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby behind stablemate Real Quiet (Quiet American). Indian Charlie did not race again and was retired to be a stallion. At stud, Indian Charlie proved a resounding success, with 60 stakes winners.
Out of a broodmare by the good sire Arch, like 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another, Uncle Mo carries some less common bloodlines that breeders are using for outcrosses. In the male line, he is a descendant of the Nasrullah through the faintly represented Caro line, and broodmare sire Arch is one of the minority of stallions from the Turn-to male line active in the States.
As a result of the interest in Uncle Mo, he proved immensely popular with breeders who sent him mares, and commercial breeders expect that mares in foal to the young horse will be popular at auction, with a dozen consigned to the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Book 1 alone.
Overall, Uncle Mo is not the easiest stallion to mate effectively. He is notably taller than the norm, with excellent leg length and extension, but his size came with losses of durability. Mated with care, he may prove a useful stallion, but he is not one to use with indiscretion. Despite his impressive physique, the horse’s racing career has offered plain warning that mating him back toward the physical norms — not to tiny mares, either — would be sensible to improve soundness and the length of his offspring’s racing careers.