17 February 2020

Ashford Stud’s prominent young stallion UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie), the sire of Klawervlei’s promising young stallion ROYAL MO, looks to have a very exciting prospect on his hands in the form of talented three-year-old MODERNIST.

The latter made it win number two from just four starts when he captured the second division of the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Saturday for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Junior Alvarado.

Modernist broke alertly from post 1, raced in close attendance to pacesetter Ny Traffic till the stretch, then edged clear of that rival while fending off late challengers. Modernist won by one length and completed the distance over a fast track in 1:51.28.

Modernis Feb 2020 photo 1

The progressive Modernist, now likely to be aimed at the $1 000 000 Louisiana Derby and potential Kentucky Derby conteder, is the 54th stakes winner sired by US champion UNCLE MO, already the sire of one Kentucky Derby winner in the form of NYQUIST, as well as fellow G1 winners BAST, OUTWORK, MO FORZA, MO TOWN, DREAM TREE, MO BRIDLED and GOMO.

Royal Mo, the only son of Uncle Mo at stud in South Africa, was a top class racehorse whose victories included a score in the 2017 G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, and he also ran third, to multiple G1 winner GORMLEY (Malibu Moon) and Breeders’ Cup hero BATTLE OF MIDWAY (Smart Strike), in the same year’s G1 Santa Anita Derby.

A complete outcross for MR PROSPECTOR line mares, Royal Mo’s eagerly awaited first foals arrived to rave reviews last year.