No Mo’ for Uncle Mo

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BY STEPHANIE STOUFFER ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO You're watching multisource sports video news analysis ...
BY STEPHANIE STOUFFER ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO You're watching multisource sports video news analysis from Newsy. Kentucky Derby fans will be seeing no mo’ of Uncle Mo... The three-year-old colt was scratched from the race because of a lingering intestinal problem. Trainer Todd Pletcher tells Versus why he and Uncle Mo’s owner made the call to keep him out. “The thing that’s difficult for us is that we’re dealing with an internal issue, you know. And you’re dealing with a patient who can’t talk to you ... This is a race that you gotta be not 100% but 1000% if you’re gonna win.” The scratch comes as a surprise to some -- Uncle Mo was the second favorite of oddsmakers. But ESPN’s Jerry Bailey says Uncle Mo’s absence won’t be a race-changer. “He’s not the imposing horse he was last year nor has he been for the last month. He was soundly beaten in the Wood Memorial, then he had an infection, and his two subsequent works here at Churchill Downs were ordinary at best. But hey, Repole and Pletcher, they have a backup. Stay Thirsty is still in the race, and as wide open as this derby is, he still has a small chance.” And what about Uncle Mo’s jockey? Well, he has a Plan B, too. According to the Thoroughbred Times... “Velazquez was able to pick up Derby rides in both 2009 and 2010 because his would-be mounts were pulled … The same scenario looked like it would play out again this year, but Velazquez was able to pick up the mount on Animal Kingdom.” So with Uncle Mo out and 18 other horses still in -- who’s going home with the roses? With four-to-one odds, Dialed In is picked to win. The LA Times says: “Dialed In is the deserving morning-line favorite since he has yet to lose to another three-year-old this season. If the pace is fast, he is the one closer that can wheel past the field with ease.” And Fox Sports says: “He runs from well off the pace, a style that suits the Derby, where over-eager jockeys riding young, speedy horses often set a suicidal pace, only to back up in the stretch.” The winner of the roses also wins a cool $1.4 million and change. 'Like Newsy' on Facebook for updates in your feed. Get more multisource sports video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.