Breeders' Cup 2011 Results: Will Uncle Mo Call It Quits After Classic Upset?

Dan TylickiAnalyst INovember 5, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  Kentucky Derby entrant Uncle Mo with exercise rider Hector Ramos works during morning workouts in preparation for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2011 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The final race of the 2011 Breeders' Cup has concluded. Drosselmeyer, the winner of the 2010 Belmont Stakes, finally showed that he was not a fluke, winning the Classic, as well as the $5 million prize.

While it is a great win for Drosselmeyer, the story going into the race was Uncle Mo, who was looking to return to glory after missing much of a year due to a liver ailment.

Uncle Mo failed to make much of an impact at all in the race, and failed to crack the top three. As a result, it is entirely feasible that the horse could be done as a pro, especially since he does not seem able to get back to where he once was.

It would be a great shame if his career were in fact to end on this note, especially given what Uncle Mo has had to go through. However, the lackluster performance, as well as his age (three years) tells me that unless they use him for the marathon races or move him to a different race type in next year's Breeders' Cup, he is probably done.

He only had seven races in his short career, and this is the only one of them in which he failed to crack the top three. As a result, it would be tempting to try to race him next year in order to end on a high note. Based on what we have seen from him this year, though, it may be better to just let him retire quietly.

It would have been a great story had he overcome great odds (not at the betting lines—he was ranked too well there) to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, but in this case it was not to be.