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Uncle Mo Colt Honest Resort Cruises in Ellis Park Debut

This column highlights the performances of maidens who’ve made not more than 5 begins and who both bought for greater than $500,000 at public public sale, have siblings which can be graded/group winners, or have dams which can be graded/group winners. BloodHorse analysis exhibits maiden winners, specifically, who meet these standards usually tend to go on to be graded stakes winners.

Ellis Park

Three and a half years after Goldolphin’s homebred Honest Maiden  scampered house to glory within the La Brea Stakes (G1) for coach Eoin Harty, her first foal discovered the winner’s circle for those self same connections in his debut July 5 at Ellis Park.

First Resort , a 2-year-old son of Uncle Mo  , couldn’t be caught in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden particular weight throughout Ellis Park’s opening week. Pulling his technique to the entrance beneath jockey Rafael Bejarano, the bay maintained a slender benefit by fractions of :22.86 and :46.88 earlier than kicking away from his rivals with 1 / 4 mile left to run. Angling in direction of the within rail, First Resort coasted the remainder of the way in which the wire, striding out powerfully in a ultimate time of 1:05.33 on a muddy principal observe.

Honest Maiden, a stakes winner on each filth and turf surfaces, did her finest round one flip. Breaking her maiden by 14 1/4 lengths as a 2-year-old on the artificial observe at Arlington Worldwide Racecourse, she captured the 6 1/2-furlong Catch a Glimpse Stakes at Woodbine on the garden earlier than ending third there within the one-mile Natalma Stakes (G1T). Resuming racing within the fall of her 3-year-old 12 months, she caught to sprints, capping her marketing campaign with a late-rallying 20-1 upset within the La Brea on filth.

Unplaced in two begins at age 4, Honest Maiden was retired to the Godolphin broodmare band. Following First Resort, she had a weanling filly by Into Mischief   and was bred again to that champion sire this previous time period.


First Resort’s sire, Ashford stallion Uncle Mo seems to be on observe for one more affluent season at stud along with his 2024 runners. Amongst his progeny embody current Stephen Foster Stakes (G1) hero Kingsbarns  and high distaffer and Apple Blossom Stakes (G1) victress Adare Manor . The main freshman sire of his personal crop in 2015, Uncle Mo has accounted for 4 2-year-old winners this 12 months by July 8.

BloodHorse Maiden Watch
Notable 2-year-old maiden winners for the week of July 1-7
Date Observe Race Horse Sire Dam Begin Maiden Watch Eligibility Standards
7/1 TDN 3 Fortheloveofbonnie Cowtown Cat Love Spun 1 Half Sibling to G2SW Particular Reserve
7/2 IND 3 Really Legit Genuine Jordan’s Henny 1 Dam is a G3SW
7/4 BAQ 1 Italian Soiree Uncle Mo Social Name 1 $600K 2-12 months-Previous
7/5 ELP 4 First Resort Uncle Mo Honest Maiden 1 Dam is a G1SW


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