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The Johnny V Blog: March 13
It was very nice to see the crowd Saturday when Uncle Mo made his 3-year-old debut. It was nice to see them get so into it. Even during the warm-up, people were cheering for him. So that was exciting, and even more exciting was when he came back to win the race. It was definitely great to see, and to have a special horse running the way he’s running and doing the right things is exciting.
As far as the race, he did what we expected. He ran the way we thought he would. The break wasn’t really a concern. He broke to the outside, the other horse broke to the inside, and they collided a little. The first jump I thought, ‘I hope he’s OK?’ But by the third jump he was right in the bridle and he seemed fine. So it didn’t bother him.
I wanted to give him a race but didn’t want to give him a hard race. So I just wanted to make sure he finished down the lane, but I didn’t ask him for too much. The last quarter mile I kind of asked him to finish a little. But the thing I asked of him was, after the wire, I encouraged him to get that extra eighth of a mile, and what I liked was I asked him and he did it willingly. Then he just galloped out on his own. He did it easy and I thought it was a good effort off the bench.
He does everything so well. He’s allowing you to slow him down a little bit, too, and I think that comes with maturity. He’s definitely a little more mature than when he was a 2-year-old. There’s nothing you really want to change. He’s running, getting stronger, and I’m looking forward to his next race.