Uncaptured will put his unbeaten record on the line against six rivals in
“He was one of the best-looking yearlings I’ve ever seen,” Casse asserted.
“We’re always looking at horses we think can get a
A nose debut winner going 4 1/2 furlongs on May 13, Uncaptured rolled to a 5
The Ontario-bred colt, who figures to be a prohibitive betting favorite in
the 1 1/16-mile Grey on Polytrack, holds the distinction of being the early
future book favorite for next year’s Kentucky Derby.
“It’s nice to be the future book favorite; now
we just have to make it to the Derby and be the favorite,” Casse said. “There’s a lot of
sweating before then. It’s an honor and it’s a first. I’m happy and I’m
proud. Who would have thought a Canadian horse would be the future book
favorite for the Derby? The Grey, with the new point system, has meaning to
it because it comes with Derby points. It’s a big deal and it’s important to
“He’s been very impressive so far. Distance isn’t going to be a problem,” the
conditioner added. “There will come a day when he has to dig deep and show us what he’s made of.
I just hope that day doesn’t come for awhile. (Dirt) doesn’t concern me.
He’s a beautiful moving horse. He has a wonderful stride and I’ve said all
along horses that like Polytrack like Churchill Downs. He’ll have his
transition to dirt down at Palm Meadows (this winter). Hopefully, he stays happy
Regular rider Patrick Husbands will be up on the dark
bay son of Lion Heart.
Swynford Stakes runner-up Five Iron will also return for the Grey. A sharp
four-length debut winner two back, the Brian Lynch-trained colt showed speed in
both career starts and should be forwardly-placed on Sunday with Alex Solis.
Casse is responsible for three of the entrants. Indiano Jones exits a
respectable third in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes on turf and Star Contender will
step up in class off a nice maiden score over the Polytrack.
Josie Carroll will send out a promising prospect in Tesseron, who rallied to
a good-looking maiden win in his September 3 career debut. River Seven is still
a maiden, but he’s placed in two previous stakes attempts. Mercenary, who exits
a sixth in the Summer, rounds out the field.