OCALA, FL—Uncle Chuck, winner of the 2020 Los Alamitos Derby (Grade 3) in his second lifetime start, was humanely euthanized on Dec. 22 after it was discovered that the 6-year-old son of Uncle Mo was suffering from untreatable lymphoma, it was reported Dec. 31 by Journeyman Stud owner Brent Fernung.

Uncle Chuck entered stud in 2022 at Journeyman.

A half-brother to leading sire, Macleans Music, Uncle Chuck has 75 reported live foals in his first Northern Hemisphere crop as of Dec. 31, 2023.

“We’re devastated by this loss,” Fernung said. “He was a beautiful horse and his first crop of foals are carbon copies of him. Beyond that, Uncle Chuck had a great demeanor and was a pleasure to work around. He will be missed.”

Uncle Chuck broke his maiden in his first career start as a 3-year-old, winning by seven lengths while running the mile in 1:36.74. He returned 20 days later to defeat Grade 2-winner Thousand Words by four lengths in the Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby, running the mile-and-an-eighth in 1:47.65.

Uncle Chuck was the property of a syndicate.

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