Uncle Mo has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby. The announcement from his team this morning was not a huge surprise—they had stated earlier in the week that he was still suffering from a gastrointestinal complication that had originated just prior to his performance at the Wood Memorial. As a result, the second favorite horse in the field of 19 others, will not race tomorrow.
All attention has been shifted back to the favorite, Dialed In. Without Uncle Mo’s intense speed, the early pace of the Kentucky Derby might be set by any of a number of different horses. Dialed In has proven that he has a great last push over distance races, but whether this will be enough to stop the upfront speed horses remains to be seen. Due to the wide open nature of this year’s race, betting a long shot has even more value than normal. It is not uncommon for decent horses to be up around 10-1 or even better paying odds. More of the non-racing community gets involved with Kentucky Derby wagering, and most of these people bet on favorites. But with so much talent this year, there is not much discrepancy between Dialed In and the others. There is only one horse in the field who has run a Beyer speed figure of over 100 (Soldat) now that Uncle Mo is out. The majority of the rest of the horses, including Dialed In, all hover at around 97-98.
Uncle Mo was to run from the 18th post position. The two horses in the 19th and 20th slots will move down to fill in the gap created by Uncle Mo’s absence.