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3 yo. colt Uncle Mo Haysee
Having raced exclusively in California through his first seven starts, Uncle Lino became a consideration for the Preakness after his front-running victory April 30 in the California Chrome Stakes. His half-length win came in 1:40.82, breaking the Los Alamitos track record of 1:40.89 set by Dortmund in the 2014 Los Alamatos Futurity (G1).
Named for the uncle of co-owner Tom Mansor, Uncle Lino debuted running second in a Del Mar maiden race last July but emerged with a hind end issue that kept him from racing until late November, graduating with a 2 ¾-length score going 6 ½ furlongs.
Relocated to Santa Anita to begin his 3-year-old year Uncle Lino was third, beaten a neck, in his first try against winners Jan. 3. He stalked and then took the lead before giving way late to Mor Spirit in his stakes debut, the Robert B. Lewis (G3) Feb. 6.
Uncle Lino was again near the front when stepped up to Grade 1 company for the Santa Anita Derby, but was bumped at the quarter pole and wound up third behind Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator and Mor Spirit, 4 ¾ lengths clear of the rest of the field.