Grandson of Uncle Mo out of a Smart Strike mare
From Laoban’s only crop after earning a big jump from New York to Kentucky, this bay colt impressed our team along with trainer Christophe Clement, whose barn is a perennial power with New York-bred horses.
Dr. Jerry Bilinksi bred and owned the colt and is another longstanding client of the Clement barn. Christophe liked the colt so much that he advised Dr. Bilinski at Monday’s sale to stay in as a minority partner with West Point.
A son of Uncle Mo, Laoban starred at Saratoga as a 3-year-old in 2016, upsetting the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes, and was a popular new addition to the stallion ranks in New York. Once his first crop excelled on the racetrack, featuring a Grade 1-winning 2-year-old filly and a Grade 1-placed 2-year-old colt, Laoban earned his promotion to WinStar Farm in Kentucky. Sadly, he died there in 2021.
In 2023, Laoban has been represented by Today’s Flavor, who extended his 4-win hot streak at Aqueduct this winter and added a New York-bred stakes triumph in the Affirmed Success in April.
Christophe Clement has worked wonders with New York-breds, and not just in the local state-bred ranks—his New York-breds Disco Partner, Discreet Marq, and Lubash all enjoyed long careers, each earning more than $1 million, and broke through to win Graded stakes in open company.
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