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Former Kentucky Derby contender has an unheard-of legacy in this year's race

Former Kentucky Derby contender has an unheard-of legacy in this year's race

Mike Repole opened the news conference on May 6, 2011, looking both shaken and resigned. A dark jacket was pulled over his shoulders, and his blue baseball cap with the words "Uncle Mo" rested low and heavy on his head.

"When I envisioned this press conference," Repole said, "it was supposed to be Saturday night at 7:15, not Friday at 8:45. Todd [Pletcher], about a half-hour ago, scratched Uncle Mo and he will not run in the Kentucky Derby."

The colt won his first four races, before a disappointing third in the Wood Memorial. Something was going on with the horse but no one quite knew what. Still, he was installed as the favorite for the...

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