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Uncaptured is the Prince of Fort Erie

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Photo: Michael Burns Photography


What a difference one race can make. 2013 hadn’t been the kind of year the connections of Uncaptured were hoping for. After winning six of seven and becoming the first juvenile to be named the Canadian Horse of the Year in nearly three decades, it is easy to understand why big things were expected. A late start to the son of Lion Heart’s season was followed by a promising second place finish in the Spiral Stakes. With the Kentucky Derby still on the radar, a disappointing tenth place finish in the Blue Grass quickly dashed hopes of running for the roses. Then, to add insult to injury, Uncaptured finished second at 2-5 in the four horse Wando Stakes at his home base of Woodbine. The three-year-old version of the juvenile champion was going nowhere fast. 

Six weeks between the shocking loss in the Wando and start number four of the season ensued. Another try at the track he had so much success at last fall, Churchill Downs, and a return to dirt in the Matt Winn seemed to do wonders for the Mark Casse charge. It didn’t bring his first win of the year, but it resulted in by far his best race of the year, as the dark bay colt battled Code West all the way to the wire, while leaving several good horses in their wake. If the Matt Winn was a signal that the real Uncaptured was back, today was confirmation. Gaining his first victory of the season in one of his home country’s most important races, Uncaptured stormed down the Fort Erie lane to win the Prince of Wales going away.

Under confident handling by rider, Miguel Mena, Uncaptured was unhurried early and content to sit back in fifth as Power Phil and River Seven set moderate early fractions. As the field hit the far turn, backers of the heavily favored champion must have had some anxious moments as the second choice, River Seven spurted clear of the rest of the early leaders. The worry didn’t last long, though, as Mena maneuvered the class of the race wide around traffic, and the pair quickly began to gobble up ground. Coming down the lane, Uncaptured collared River Seven quickly, and easily powered by to win the $500,000 by a measured length.

Final time for Uncaptured in the 1 3/16 classic was a sharp 1:55.49, making it the second fastest edition of the middle jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown in the 21st century.

Owned by John Oxley, the victory raised Uncaptured’s impressive career mark to seven wins from twelve starts, and pushed his career earnings to just a shade under the one million dollar mark. The win also earned trainer Mark Casse his second straight Prince of Wales, having won last year with the filly Dixie Strike. He also won in 2009 with Gallant.

As far as what is next for the colt that finally looks to be back to his best form, Casse indicated that it will not be the grassy third leg of the Triple Crown, so a return to big purses in big races back in the United States is likely. 


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The rider who rode him at Fort Erie. You seem to know everything else about the movie, right down to the palm trees and the mountains. They used a Woodbine-Fort Erie jockey, Jim Fazio. You do remember him don't you?
Black Beauty is a different story by a different author...Casse Ole was the Black Stallion, a registered Arabian and the horse's name in the movie was simply The Black or the muslim man called him She-tahwn.
The only riders given credits in the movie were named John, beyond that I have no idea
You still didn't answer the question encyclodediac expert. Who was the jockey that rode Black Beauty in that movie?
Those kinds of movers are VERY rare indeed at that claiming level track
the fellow in the white pants won that race
Mena was super confident in the lane. Even patted Uncaptured before the wire. Can't wait to see this guy back down south.
Who was the jockey that rode him in the movie, owe blog expert?
If you watch the last scenes when the Black is overtaking the other three year olds, you can see that the stands at Anita (cleverly out of focus) are in fact EMPTY top to bottom.
interspersed that is
ANyone who knows the both of them can tell that palm trees do not grow in Southern Ontario, as the scenes between the both were intersperced throughout the movie's racing scenes..All the works were at Anita.
ONE of the track(s) plural
96 BSF for Uncaptured at Fort Erie, the track where the Black Stallion was filmed.
Came home the last 3/16 in less than 18 seconds, race horse time in a mile and 3/16 race
I reslly thought River Seven was going to win it after opening up at the top of the lane, but wow, Uncaptured was like a locomotive through the stretch.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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