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
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.”