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Prince of Wales: Uncaptured rallies to win for Casse
By Bill Tallon
Uncaptured, biding his time in fifth place under a patient Miguel Mena, rallied five wide into the stretch and ran down River Seven for a one-length victory in Tuesday’s $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.
Sent off as the 2-5 choice in the field of six for the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales, Uncaptured gave his backers some anxious moments down the backstretch.
“I rode him like the good horse he is,” Mena said. “I thought he’d be a little closer, but a couple of other horses showed speed. At the half-mile pole, the minute he grabbed the bit, I knew it was over. I turned him loose, and he won easy.”
Mark Casse, who conditions Uncaptured for John Oxley, acknowledged that he was surprised by Mena’s tactics.
“I actually thought he’d be up on the lead, or close to it,” Casse said. “I was shocked. He had me a little nervous, I have to be honest.”
River Seven, who had pressed the pace of Power Phil before putting away that rival in midstretch, ended up 4 1/2 lengths ahead of third-place Niigon’s Glory, who stalked the pace throughout.
Jagger M, also trained by Casse, ended another three-quarters of a length back in fourth, with Power Phil fading to fifth and Rackman bringing up the rear.
Uncaptured, Canada’s horse of the year and champion male juvenile in 2012, was winning for the first time this season while making his fifth start. The $300,000 winner’s share brought Uncaptured’s earnings to $960,106.
Uncaptured returned $2.90 to win and keyed a $9.40 exacta and a $46.30 trifecta. He was the second straight Prince of Wales winner for Casse, who sent out the filly Dixie Strike to win the race last year.
Dynamic Sky and Spring in the Air, also trained by Casse, were scratched on the morning of the race.
Until Woodbine and Ft. Erie can come together as an A and a B track horse racing in Ontario will continue the downhill slide. It's a "no brainer" and can easily be accomplished. Why they refuse to reconcile their differences leaves me baffled. Ft. Erie needs a long term contract in place so the trainers and horses come back to fill the barns. Currently, it's a sad looking backside when you consider only two years ago the stalls were nearly filled.
2nd leg of a Canadian Triple Crown run on a Tuesday night, are you kidding me!! Just goes to show what a sad state horse racing in Canada is in!!
Cant understand these woefully short field for such a lucrative purse.
It is so sad to see the state of Canadian racing. Here is Fort Erie offering a 500 thousand race when the handle couldn’t even generate half that money. But I guess since its tax payer’s money then it is okay. Uncaptured outclassed those claiming horses yet he was life and death to win at 2 to 5. Then again did anyone watch Louis Contreras ride on DIABLO D’ORO in the seventh race. It was a perfect example of how to generate a large PICK5. Wonder if someone with the right password went in and generated the winning ticket. There has been a lot of these shenanigans at Fort Erie in the past. But as usual everyone got drunk after the races and drove home with the blessings of the Fort Erie police. Thankfully there were no accidents. Word is that the executives in charge ran a $5000 Bar Bill at the TIKI BAR which will be paid from the government grant and that means tax payer’s money again. After all they were celebrating their successful achievement for another year.
Great job and congratulations to Mark Casse. Truly a great horseman and great guy.
what an idea. canada had 23 days between the first and second legs of their triple crown.
2.90 for the win. We know who had that. If you don't believe me just wait we'll hear all about it.
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