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Undrafted Perfect on Turf

Undrafted 615 X 400
Photo: Coglianese Photos
The combination of owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, and their primary trainer Mike Maker, has been a potent one at this year’s spring meet at Churchill Downs. They have sent out low-priced favorite, after low-priced favorite, all meet long, and have made bettors eat chalk, or all together avoid betting a race in which they are involved. Today Wesley Ward and Wes Welker set out to do what very few have managed to accomplish thus far this spring. Namely, take down a heavily favored Ramsey horse. By post time, however, such a feat was merely a pipe dream, for the day at least, as both Redwood Kitten and Animal Style were scratched from the race.
 
 
The scratch of Worldventurer left the field with only four runners, and with the Ramsey entries out of the picture, Undrafted was sent off as the 3-5 favorite. At the break, Avare went out to take the lead with Mellow Fellow in hot pursuit. Those two quickly put some distance between themselves and a patient Undrafted and dueled through fractions of 23:94 for the opening quarter and 46:86 for the half, quickening the tempo as they battled for the lead. As the field straightened for home, a confident Dylan Davis pointed Undrafted to the outside and the chestnut gelding took off like a shot up the center of the track. Roaring past the tired leaders, he lengthened his advantage with every stride to cruise under the wire clear by 10 lengths. He stopped the clock in 1.35:06 for the mile long turf race.
 
 
As a son of Purim, it should come as no surprise that Undrafted has an affinity for the grass. In his only prior start on the surface, the gelding tracked the pace from second, took command in the turn, and drew off to win by two lengths. Of course, despite his obvious preference for the lawn, Undrafted as actually run quite well on the dirt, stringing together 3 consecutive third place finishes in stakes races down at Gulfstream. He also owns a win over synthetics despite the fact that his worst race, a 13th in the Blue Grass, came over that particular surface, though I believe that day the distance, not the surface, was the issue.
 
 
Undrafted’s dam French Jeannette was a sprinter, and Purim never won beyond 8.5 furlongs. Despite his own distance limitations, Purim has sired some routers, most notably Twilight Eclipse and Two Months Rent. Thus far, Undrafted has shown that he prefers the shorter sprint distances. Though it would be nice to see him in a major turf race like the G1 Secretariat at Arlington this summer, at this point I believe Undrafted is more likely to fit into the turf sprint niche. The Secretariat might not be a viable option, but perhaps taking a shot at the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint might be. It’s obviously a bit soon to tell, especially based off only two allowance wins, but with as good as he looked today, I can’t help but speculate.  

 

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

 

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.