It was a cold Wednesday morning in Louisville but at least it didn't rain, although it did cloud over and get quite dark and overcast. The track superintendant did a marvelous job with the track, getting to fast after all the rain over the past two days. Lots of the Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders were out this morning, but there were no timed works. Entries will be taken and post positions will be drawn Wednesday afternoon at 5pm, so check back this evening for those.
Uncle Mo went out for some exercise with stablemate Stay Thirsty at 8:30 in the allotted 15-minute Derby/Oaks training period following the track's renovation break. He had exercise rider Hector Ramos up and assistant trainer Mike McCarthy alongside on a pony. The two colts briefly stood in the starting gate and jogged an easy mile around the Churchill strip. Trainer Todd Pletcher went frontside to observe their training and pronounced all well upon his return to Barn 34. "Everything went smoothly. They handled their jog and the gate with no problems. We've done a lot of good training with them over the last several weeks here and we're just going light and freshening them up a bit coming up to the race. They'll gallop on Thursday and Friday and then that will be it."
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2011 Kentucky Oaks Entries and Post Positions - a field of 13 was entered on Wednesday