Client Success: Homebred Uncle Mo Colt Prevails Again at Laurel

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PLOT THE DOTS (c, 4, Uncle Mo–Lady of Gold, by Medaglia d’Oro)

PLOT THE DOTS (c, 4, Uncle Mo–Lady of Gold {GSP-Can, GSP-USA, $254,598}, by Medaglia d’Oro) settled off the pace and gained to the inside of a rival as a duel was going on past the five sixteenths pole. The bay Uncle Mo colt angled four wide into the lane and forged clear inside the three sixteenths pole. He was put to the left stick by jockey Julian Pimental near mid stretch, wondered outward under asking and dug in to prevail by three parts of a length.

In the win, Plot the Dots defeated Grade 2 winner, Shotski (Blame). His race record on the Laurel oval is now 10-4-4-1

The winner’s only reported sibling is a 3-year-old filly named Gravity’s Rainbow (Distorted Humor) who recenty won her first outing at Laurel by 4 1/4 lengths. Their granddam is a half-sister to 2007 champion older horse and MGISW Lawyer Ron (Langfuhr).

Lifetime Record: 13-4-5-1, $185,237. O/B-The Elkstone Group, LLC (Stuart Grant) (MD); T-Michael J. Trombetta.

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), mating advisor for Stuart Grant (The Elkstone Group LLC), has designed the matings for Mr. Grant for several years. Most notable horses include G1W Mor Spirit, G2W Lady Fog Horn and G3W Edge of Reality along with several state-bred champions.

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.

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OPTIMAL Mating Factors for Plot the Dots

  • Outcross Percentage = 83% (OPTIMAL >= 70%)
  • Linebreeding Balance = 7 (OPTIMAL <= 10)
  • 2nd Generation Linebreeding Balance = 7 (OPTIMAL <= 17)
  • Grand sire/Grand dam Pair Percentage = 11% (OPTIMAL <= 17%)
  • Gender-balanced Linebreeding Difference = 2 (OPTIMAL <= 2)
  • Number of Dominant Runner Female Families = 4 (OPTIMAL >= 4)
  • Number of Dominant Sire Female Families = 2 (OPTIMAL >= 1)

NOTE: All 7 factors are met.

Key Linebreedings

  • 5×5 Danzig – through daughters Aurora and Mahasin
  • 6,6,5×5,6 Northern Dancer – through sons Sovereign Dancer, Danzig, Dixieland Band and Sadler’s Wells – similar to G2W Sneaking Out (Indian Evening)
  • Similar matings to:
    • G2W Enola Gay (Uncle Mo)
      • Uncle Mo over Sadler’s Wells
    • G2W Sneaking Out (Indian Evening)
      • Indian Charlie over El Prado
    • G3W Donna Veloce (Uncle Mo)
      • Uncle Mo over Sadler’s Wells
    • G3W Hot Springs (Uncle Mo)
      • Uncle Mo over Lord Avie

Whether you are new to the game, experiencing more losses than wins or just looking for a new approach, I am confident that I can help you breed or buy a better racehorse. To find out more about OPTIMAL Matings and how they can help your program, please subscribe to my Blog/News page HERE to receive future information on complimentary mating recommendations, sales short lists, stakes winner pedigree analysis, news on personal client success and any other random thoughts or ideas that I may have. Also, receive a complimentary copy of my report “Blind Luck or Designed Luck? – How A Kentucky Derby Winner Was Bred” sent directly to your inbox.

For inquiries or more information about Shepherd Equine Advisers, please contact Clark Shepherd at 859-321-6618, or by email at

I would love to hear any comments or questions that you may have. Please submit them below. Maybe we can address them in a future post!

2 thoughts on “Client Success: Homebred Uncle Mo Colt Prevails Again at Laurel

  1. Hi Clark. At some point in my life I plan to get a mare and breed. I’ve owned a couple unsuccessful babies and many claimers in the 10 years I’ve owned horses. Can I be successful buying a mare for under $7500 and breeding to a Maryland stallion? What can I expect to spend if a pregnant mare is sent to a breeding operation 3 months prior to foaling to 3-6 months afterward. What fees could I expect to pay you to select a mare and recommend suitable mating? I’m sure I’ll have many questions going forward if I decide to go forward breeding horses. Are you available to answer them?

    1. Hey Tom! Thanks for reaching out. Anything is possible, but a limited budget does limit your possibilities. All the more reason to find the right mare and breed her to the right stallion. One of my favorite experiences is taking a mare that didn’t receive a bid at the Keeneland sale, sending her to Indiana to participate in their state program and producing a Grade 2 winner that became a two-time Indiana Horse of the Year and Indiana’s highest earner ever ($824,273). She was then sold to a Japanese breeder for $300,000 as a broodmare prospect. Her name is Lady Fog Horn. I’m honestly not sure what the going rate is in MD for boarding broodmares. You could easily make a few calls to find out. I work on a 5% hammer price commission for all sales purchases. As far as performing an OPTIMAL Mating Analysis, those are typically complimentary in exchange for allowing the breeding farms to pay me a commission for booking the mare. Feel free to reach out with questions.

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