Photo: Kevin Creative (Kevin House)
by Jarrod Horak
Which horse has the best
pedigree to handle twelve furlongs in the final leg of the Triple Crown on
Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park? My Belmont Stakes alphabetical list continues
with Unstoppable U.
Unstoppable U’s sire Exchange Rate (by Danzig) won 6 of 15
races from 1999-2001 including the Risen Star Stakes and G2 Tom Fool. The Three
Chimneys Stallion is responsible for 31 stakes winners including Ermine and
Exchange Rate’s sire Danzig (by Northern
Dancer) won all three career starts in New York. The
influential stallion died in 2006 at age 29. He sired such prominent runners as
Chief’s Crown (3rd ’85 Belmont Stakes), Stephan’s Odyssey (’85 Belmont
Stakes runner-up), Danzig Connection (’86 Belmont Stakes winner), ’92 Preakness
hero Pine Bluff, and Breeders’ Cup Mile winners Lure and War Chant.
Exchange Rate’s dam Sterling Pound (by Seeking the Gold) went
5-for-17 and captured the G3 Honey Bee in 1994.
Unstoppable U’s dam Naseem (by Point Given) won 2 of 10
starts in 2006-07.
Point Given (by Thunder Gulch) won 9 of 13
starts including the G1 Preakness, G1 Belmont Stakes, G1 Haskell, and G1
Travers. He was one of my favorites and I went to Big Sandy to see him romp in
the 2001 Test of Champions.
Naseem’s dam Student Wife (by Seattle Slew) was an
unraced daughter of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.
Unstoppable U enjoys a fine
pedigree and has some marathon influences in his bloodlines. The promising Ken
McPeek trainee easily captured both starts and figures to attend the pace in
the Belmont Stakes. His lack of seasoning could prove his undoing on June 9.