Preparing for Kentucky Derby 2011

Uncle Mo won't run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby because of a puzzling internal ailment that has reduced his appetite and energy. The loss of the biggest name in a field already short on star power makes the race even more wide open. Owner Mike Repole announced the decision to scratch the colt Friday morning, about 40 minutes before Derby wagering opened. Uncle Mo was the 9-2 second choice on the morning line. His absence reduces the field for the Derby to 19 horses. Dialed In is the 4-1 early favorite. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia was expected to revise the morning line later Friday. [33 Shots]

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

A horse makes it's way to the track for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

The shadow of a horse is seen on a wall as spectators watch morning practices at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Garry Jones / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider James Slater takes Kentucky Derby entrant Animal Kingdom for a workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Farrier Ray Amato puts on a new horseshoe at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Ed Reinke / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider Dan Blacker takes Kentucky Derby entrant Brilliant Speed for a workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider Carlos Correa takes Kentucky Derby entrant Dialed In for a workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Kentucky Derby entrant Dialed In trainer Nick Zito helps dry after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Ed Reinke / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Horses make their way to the track for a morning workout under the lights at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Garry Jones / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider Mike Heera takes Kentucky Derby entrant Mucho Macho Man for a workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Trainer Todd Pletcher, left, talks to fellow trainer D. Wayne Lucus during morning workouts at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Ed Reinke / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider Louie Feliciano takes Kentucky Derby entrant Watch Me Go for a workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Garry Jones / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Kentucky Derby entrant Mucho Macho Man grazes after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 6, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Steam rises off a horse as it gets a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider Carlos Rosas takes Kentucky Derby entrant Nehro for a workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Kentucky Derby entrant Watch Me Go grazes after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider Louie Feliciano holds Kentucky Derby entrant Watch Me Go after a workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Horses line up on the track for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider Carlos Rosas takes Kentucky Derby entrant Nehro for a workout at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

A horse makes it's way to the track for a morning workout under the lights at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Ed Reinke / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Horses get baths after morning workouts at Churchill Downs Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Ed Reinke / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Shackleford with Faustino Ramos up, gets a workout during preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby on Thursday May 5, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Mark Cornelison / Lexington Herald-Leader

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Pants on Fire with Juan Pizarro up, gets a workout during preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby on Thursday May 5, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Mark Cornelison / Lexington Herald-Leader

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider Derrick Smith takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Twinspired for a workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

A horse does it's morning workouts under the lights at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Morry Gash / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

A horse makes it's way to the track for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Kentucky Derby hopeful Nehro gets sponged down after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

A horse runs in the mud at Churchill Downs Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

A horse is lead onto the track for a workout in the rain at Churchill Downs Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider Mike Heera takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Mucho Macho Man for a workout in the rain at Churchill Downs Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Garry Jones / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Exercise rider Danny Wright takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Soldat for a workout in the rain at Churchill Downs Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Ed Reinke / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

Fans stand in the rain as they watch horses workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

A horse gets a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

Preparing  for Kentucky Derby 2011

A horse heads the track for a morning workout in the rain at Churchill Downs Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel / AP

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