First foal is a colt for classic winner Mo Donegal
January 19, 2024
Spendthrift Farm’s Mo Donegal, the classic-winning son of Uncle Mo, sired his first reported foal this week when a colt was born at WinStar Farm in Versailles.
Bred by Alfredo Gastaneta, the bay colt is out of the Declaration of War mare Andavete, a half-sister to 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) third-place finisher Mr. Big News and hailing from the immediate family of champion sire Saint Ballado.
“This is a good size colt with good bone and leg underneath him. He looks like an Uncle Mo, with that hip and balance and long legs. He has that look to him,” said Fernando Macchiavello, agent for Alfredo Gastaneta.
Mo Donegal joined Nyquist as classic-winning sons of leading sire Uncle Mo when he captured his biggest win in the 2022 Belmont Stakes (G1) over multiple Grade 1 winners. Campaigned by trainer Todd Pletcher and owners Repole Stable and Donegal Racing, Mo Donegal also won the Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct as a 2-year-old, defeating Grade 1 winner Zandon, and the Wood Memorial (G2) at three over classic winner Early Voting.
Mo Donegal retired to Spendthrift with earnings of $1,511,800. He bred 186 mares in his first book in 2023 and is set to stand his second season at Spendthrift for a fee of $15,000 S&N.