Newly-crowned 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo was deemed the 128 pound high weight on the Experimental Free Handicap, released today by the Jockey Club.
The Experimental Free Handicap, published annually by The Jockey Club since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at1 1/16-miles on dirt.
The committee weighted a total of 99 males and 92 fillies. Eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2010 that finished among the top four in graded or listed stakes races run in the continental United States. Listed stakes in 2010 were those with a value of $75,000 or more available to all starters, and no restrictions other than age or sex.
Uncle Mo won all three of his starts last year by a combined 23 1/4 lengths including his romp in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The son of Indian Charlie, owned by Repole Stable, is weighted five pounds higher than To Honor and Serve, winner of the Remsen and Nashua Stakes last year.
The 128 pounds assigned to Uncle Mo is two pounds above the standard impost for top Experimental colts, including last year’s co-high weights Lookin At Lucky and Vale of York. It is the highest assignment since Favorite Trick received 128 pounds in 1997.
Boys At Tosconova, winner of the Grade I Hopeful Stakes and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, is weighted at 122 pounds. At 121 pounds are Comma to the Top and Pluck.
In the filly division, the 123 pounds assigned to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Awesome Feather is the standard impost for top Experimental fillies and equivalent to the assignment on last year’s co-high weights, Blind Luck and She Be Wild.
At 120 pounds are More Than Real and Turbulent Descent.