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Uncaptured Dark Horse Donn Contender

Uncaptured, honored with a Sovereign Award as Canada's Horse of the Year following his outstanding 2-year-old campaign in 2012, will be among the dark horse contenders in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) on Sunday at Gulfstream Park.             

Owned by John Oxley and trained by Mark Casse, the dark bay colt captured six of his seven outings as a juvenile and capped that championship season with a victory in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. Among his beaten foes in that event was the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Will Take Charge, who wound up last in the 13-horse field. Their paths diverged last year, with Will Take Charge going on to become a major player at the top echelon, while Uncaptured had his picture taken only once in eight appearances. That victory came in the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes on July 30, when he defeated River Seven by a length at Fort Erie.            

Uncaptured kicked off 2014 in the $100,000 Hal's Hope Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream, where he got caught six wide en route to a fourth-place finish behind Lea. He will get another crack at Will Take Charge, River Seven and Lea in the Donn.            

“He’s been a good horse all along, as a 2-year-old and as a 3-year-old," Casse offered. "He’s training really well. He’s won over a million dollars. He’s a Grade 2 stakes winner. The only thing that is left for him to accomplish is to win a Grade 1.”            

The 4-year-old son of Lion Heart drew the rail in the Donn, one post inside of Will Take Charge. He is listed at 10-1 on the morning line, and will carry 116 pounds in the nine-furlong Donn. He was ridden by Joel Rosario last time, but will be reunited with Miguel Mena, who has been in the irons for most of Uncaptured's career.            

"Joel was going to ride him in the Donn, but a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with him," Casse added. "So I didn’t want to hold Joel up and let him go. About a week ago I decided we would run here, so we got Miguel to come in and ride him.”

 

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