Preakness profiles: Uncle Lino

by | May 20, 2016 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, Racing, Top Stories, Triple Crown Trail

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Staff Reports

In our Preakness profiles, we look into each of Saturday’s Preakness contenders.


Uncle Lino has been in the money in six of his seven career starts, all of which were run on California tracks. His only out of the money finish was a fourth in the Grade 2 San Felipe. Besides a maiden win, Uncle Lino won the ungraded California Chrome stakes at Los Alamitos. Uncle Lino also has graded stakes placed earnings in the Grade 3 Robert Lewis and a third place finish in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.


Uncle Lino’s conditioner, seventy-year old Gary Sherlock, reports that his horse “is doing good. He’s moving forward.” Despite the fact that Exaggerator has beaten Uncle Lino twice, Sherlock says “I’ve had some excuses. I think my horse is better now than when I ran with him. I’ll be disappointed if I don’t run first, second or third.”


Uncle Lino earned a career high Beyer on 95 in his last outing in the California Chrome stakes. Lightly raced, he is eligible to improve and if he takes another step forward his speed figures would be competitive in this field. Additionally, Uncle Lino’s trainer, Gary Sherlock, has won the only other two Grade 1 races he has entered outside of California, which suggests that Sherlock believes he has a legitimate chance for an upset victory here. Sherlock conditioned Intangaroo, who won the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs and the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga in 2008.


Fellow competitor Exaggerator has already beaten Uncle Lino twice in prior matchups. If Uncle Lino is unable to take a step forward, it is likely that result will replicate itself in Saturday’s race. There is also plenty of speed in the Preakness which could be a disadvantage as Uncle Lino has a front-running style. If Uncle Lino gets caught up early in a speed duel, he may burn himself out, setting the race up perfectly for a Nyquist or Exaggerator win.

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  • Trainer Gary Sherlock
  • Owner Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing and Gary Sherlock
  • Jockey Fernando Perez
  • Bred in Kentucky by JPR Stable LLC
  • Breeding Uncle Mo, out of Haysee by Orientate
  • Record 7-2-2-2, earnings of $316,160
  • Career highlights Winner of the California Chrome stakes; second in the Grade 3 Robert Lewis and third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby
  • Morning line odds 20-1