Pedigree profile: Muth
For all the speed Muth has shown in sprints, his pedigree is geared top and bottom toward success running long. So strong is his pedigree, distances meaningfully longer than 1 1/16 miles could be within his wheelhouse.
Muth’s success from an early age isn’t surprising. Both his sire (Good Magic) and dam sire (Uncle Mo) earned champion two-year-old male honors after winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in 2017 and 2010, respectively.
Good Magic built on his juvenile success with a strong three-year-old campaign, highlighted by a victory in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell (G1) and a runner-up finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1) behind Triple Crown winner Justify. But if anything, Good Magic is proving even more successful as a stallion, with his first crop of foals yielding Kentucky Derby winner Mage and Preakness (G1) runner-up Blazing Sevens.
Uncle Mo proved to be more of a miler than Good Magic; during a three-year-old season compromised by illness, his lone graded stakes victory came in the one-mile Kelso H. (G2). But Uncle Mo’s progeny have enjoyed resounding success running long on dirt; champion Nyquist won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby, Mo Donegal took the 1 1/2-mile Belmont (G1), and—more recently—Arabian Knight wired the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic (G1).
Uncle Mo is also compiling a strong record as a broodmare sire. His daughter Hoppa is an obvious example; winner of a six-furlong maiden special weight at Churchill Downs, Hoppa’s first foal is Muth. Other daughters of Uncle Mo have foaled graded stakes-winning route racers like Haskell winner and Pacific Classic runner-up Geaux Rocket Ride, Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and Lecomte (G3) winner Instant Coffee, Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) heroine Southlawn, Black-Eyed Susan (G2) winner Interstatedaydream, and Iroquois (G3) winners Major General and West Saratoga.
The cross of Good Magic with an Uncle Mo mare is a terrific pedigree on paper, and it’s reaping dividends with Muth. A productive career running 1 1/16 miles, 1 1/8 miles, and even 1 1/4 miles could be within reach for this talented bay colt.