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Updated on 04/12/2013 9:03AM
Keeneland: Blue Grass gets 15, Uncaptured 7-2 favorite
By Marty McGee
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Uncaptured has been listed as a 7-2 morning-line favorite after being assigned post 7 among a full gate of 14 3-year-olds for the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes, the annual Keeneland showcase that will be run Saturday for the 89th time.
Uncaptured, with Miguel Mena to ride, is the slight program choice in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack race over Java’s War (post 4, Julien Leparoux, 4-1) and Rydilluc (post 13, Edgar Prado, 4-1). In all, 15 were entered, with Divine Ambition a lone also-eligible.
Uncaptured is the leading earner and most accomplished horse in a deep Blue Grass field, having won 6 of 7 starts as a 2-year-old. The Ontario-bred colt ran second in his only race this year, the March 23 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.
“I was really, really happy with the way he kept trying at Turfway,” trainer Mark Casse said. “That track was deep and slow, and he had every right to pack it in. He’s trained great since then, and hopefully he’ll move up in a big way Saturday off that race.”
Casse also will be represented by Dynamic Sky (post 1, Joel Rosario, 10-1) in the Blue Grass. There are no stable couplings for wagering purposes.
The Blue Grass, which offers 100 points to the winner (and 170 overall) on the new eligibility system in use toward the Kentucky Derby, will be featured on a 90-minute broadcast (4:30 p.m. Eastern) on NBC. Post time for the Blue Grass is set for 5:40.
The Blue Grass is carded as the 10th of 12 races on a Saturday card that also includes four other graded stakes. In those earlier races:
◗ Grade 1, $300,000 Jenny Wiley (race 9): Filly-mare turf standouts such as Dayatthespa and Marketing Mix, both familiar with the Keeneland course, weren’t quite ready for this pivotal early season divisional race at 1 1/16 miles, leaving Centre Court, Samitar, and defending champion Daisy Devine as the favorites in a field of nine.
◗ Grade 1, $300,000 Madison (race 8): There are no standouts among the 10 fillies and mares in this seven-furlong Polytrack race, with 5-year-old Holiday for Kitten, with a modest $322,745, being the top earner. Other notables in a wide-open race include Byrama, Jamaican Smoke, Shumoos, and Fantasy of Flight.
◗ Grade 3, $100,000 Shakertown (race 7): Regally Ready, winner of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, and Perfect Officer, a nose winner of this race last year, are the most accomplished starters among the nine veterans entered in this 5 1/2-furlong turf dash.
◗ Grade 3, $175,000 Commonwealth (race 6): Bind and Gantry, both based in New Orleans through the winter, will vie for favoritism in a field of six older horses in this seven-furlong Polytrack fixture.
An all-graded-stakes pick-four wager with a guaranteed pool of $250,000 is being offered on races 7-10, ending with the Blue Grass.
Being from Ontario, one would expect that I would be all over Uncaptured in the Blue Grass, however 60 years in this world has taught me that there are more winners in an open race than Ontario breds. I am skeptical at best, that the Blue Grass will even produce a challenger when it comes to the Derby, as there is a vast difference between horses that handle synthetic tracks and dirt tracks. The Blue Grass no longer carries the same status that it once enjoyed due to the change of racing surface to synthetic and you have a prime example in regards to this year's event. This race is not filled with legitimate contenders and the field is really week due to inferior competition and very lightly raced contenders. The point getters will go nowhere come Derby Day.
Uncaptured and Palice Malice for the exacta in this bunch , keep punching the ticket...
Get your betting shoes out for Saturday. If you feel like Uncaptured is winning this, you have completely lost your marbles.
Fear the kitten make some money guy's
Chad Brown never won a race on synthetic , just saying
Good luck trying to separate this field. That said, the rail horse looks interesting to me returning to the synthetic.
Hard to believe not even one comment for Uncaptured, a proven synthetic horse, second off layoff, great post, deserving chalk IMO
Palace malice had horrible trip in LA derby dragged Prado the whole way untill hit 5 o'clock rush hour traffic. Worked 9 4/5 at keeneland at 2 yr sale if likes it Saturday going to be hard to beat!!
Palace was obviously allot bette than what people are suggesting in here, which to me completely shows how uneducated some fans are. He made a strong middle move and theen the 46 year old Prado ( i don't wanna take a chance man) decides to wait for a hole that never opened. I think that Palace would have been there right at the wire in the top tier when the smoke cleared, racing and winning are always derived on some luck or good trips, he had neither. I expect a huge effort and i will gladly take the 8-1 odd that the rest of you will be giving me because of your selections. Thank you boys and girls!
I have a nice bet on Normandy Invasion and Dynamic Sky in the futures. I really like Dynamic sky at 1 1/4. Desparately need a 1st or 2nd place finish. My friend says Dynamic Sky LOVES CD and has been tearing up the track lately. If you look at the point standings, the horses with the top $$$ would be a better race then the horses with the most points, albeit the point system probably forced some of these to run when the wouldn't have.
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