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Breeders' Cup 2017

Uncaptured has Derby Connections

Uncaptured is showing the same proclivity for Churchill Down's dirt surface as Super Saver did when he completed the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes/Kentucky Derby double. Uncaptured is undefeated at Churchill.  The Mark Casse trainee has earned victories in the Iroquois Stakes (G-3) and Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G-2).

Uncaptured broke sharply in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Jockey Miguel Mena had a ton of horse in the early stages, and kept a strong hold on Uncaptured while galloping off of the flank of pace setter Track Rocker for the first half mile. Uncaptured inherited the lead after a half mile as Track Rocker backed out of the fray. Frac Daddy, who raced four wide most of the way, quickly challenged Uncaptured. That one wasn't put to a drive until mid stretch, when Frac Daddy passed him momentarily. Uncaptured fought back gamely in the stretch to seize victory by a neck over the hard-trying Frac Daddy. It was 1 ¾ lengths back to the fast closing Dewey Square. Uncaptured traveled 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.97. The final time was more than two seconds slower than 1:42.83 , the time set by 2010's Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes hero Super Saver.

UNCAPTURED (Lion Heart – Captivating, by Arch) was a $290K September '11 Yearling purchase by Mark Casse for owner John Oxley. The son of Lionheart flashed precocious talent right out of the gate, winning his first four races, including the Clarendon, Vandal and Swynford Stakes at Woodbine. Sent of as the favorite in the Grey Stakes (G-3), Uncaptured had a nightmare trip. He was shuffled back, caught wide and had to check in the final furlong. He placed fifth in the race, the only blemish on an otherwise perfect race. Just two weeks later, Uncaptured shipped to Churchill to contest the Iroquois Stakes. Coming back to the races quickly, shipping and trying dirt for the first time in his young life, Uncaptured had every right to regress. He again had to steady in traffic around the turn, but once Mena turned him loose, Uncaptured lived up to his name with a runaway 5 ½ length performance. The field included the well-bred stakes placed runner Positively, Grade 2 winner Overanalyzed (who would win the Remsen Stakes (G-2) on the same day as Uncaptured won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes) and Arlington-Washington Futurity (G-3) hero Pataky Kid. In his fledgling career, Uncaptured has compiled a 7-6-0-0 ($510,837) race record and has 10 points in the new Kentucky Derby Points System.

Uncatured is displaying the same hard-trying tenacity that his sire, Lion Heart showed in the 2004 Kentucky Derby, where he finished second to Smarty Jones, despite making the pace the entire way. Lion Heart finished off of the board in only two starts in his career, the Preakness and Travers Stakes.

Lion Heart retired to Coolemore Stud at the end of his racing career in 2004. He was #2 on the first crop sire board in 2008, #6 on the second crop sire list and was the leading third crop sire in the USA in 2010. Despite his excellent record at stud, Lion Heart was sold to stand stud in Turkey in 2010 after only six years at stud in the US. Lion Heart's offspring, like their sire, are best up to 1 1/8 miles. He has produced one winner at 1 ¼ miles, Breeders' Cup Turf longshot winner Dangerous Midge.

LION HEART (Tale of the Cat - Satin Sunrise, by Mr. Leader)
Race record: 10-5-3-0 ($1,390,800)

Racing highlights:
1st – Hollywood Prevue (G-3) - 7F
1st – Hollywood Futurity (G-1) – 1 1/16 miles
2nd – San Rafael Stakes (G-2) – 1 mile
2nd – Blue Grass Stakes (G-1) - 1 1/8 miles
2nd – Kentucky Derby (G-1) – 1 ¼ miles
1st – Long Branch BC Stakes (G-3) – 1 1/16 miles
1st – Haskell Invitational (G-1) - 1 1/8 miles

Female Family:
Uncaptured's dam Captivating (Arch – Andrea Ruckus, by Bold Ruckus) didn't hit the board in two career starts. She's proving to be a strong broodmare, as her first foal, Dancing Raven (by Tomahawk) is a two-time stakes winner and has placed in stakes races from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles over turf and Woodbine's Polytrack. Uncaptured is Captivating's first colt and second stakes winner. She bore two fillies that haven't raced. Captivating has a 2011 yearling colt by Badge of Silver and a Majestic Warrior weanling.

Captivating is a half sister to Gold Star Deputy (by Silver Deputy) a two-time stakes winner ( 5 ½ F, 1 1/8 miles). A half sister Eastern Ruckus (by Eastern Echo) bore the two-time stakes winner Lady Echo (by Alphabet Soup) and multiple stakes placed Whatdreamsrmadeof (by Graeme Hall). Uncaptured's second dam Andrea Ruckus is stakes placed.

There are a smattering of stakes winners in Uncaptured's third generation. Farther back, 1978 Canadion Champion Giboulee is a member of this female family.

Uncaptured's damsire Arch was victorious from seven furlongs to 1 ¼ miles and counts the Super Derby (G-1) as his most important victory. In all, the Claiborne Farm homebred raced seven times, winning five contests and placing once, with career earnings of $480,969.
After retiring to stud at his birthplace, Arch quickly proved that would become a quality sire, getting a South African Champion Sprinter (Overarching), English Champion Older Horse (Les Arcs) and four other multiple stakes winners in his first crop. In ensuing years Arch sired Canadian Champion Arrivale and Breeders’ Cup Champion and Horse of the Year, Blame. Although he has produced some swift sprinters, Arch is building a reputation for getting long-winded runners.

Arch is a young broodmare sire, yet already claims a two-time Classic winner amongst his daughters' offspring. Last year, the popular I’ll Have Another (Flower Alley – Arch's Gal Edith) triumphed in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Arch is also represented at the classic distance by a French Listed Stakes winner at 1 1/4 miles over the turf. His daughter’s progeny include Champion Juvenile Uncle Mo and Contested, heroine of the Eight Bells Stakes. Arch’s pedigree and record at stud indicate that his daughters are passing along stamina influences. Arch is one of the most promising young sires of this generation.

ARCH (Kris S. - Aurora, by Danzig)
Race Record: 7-5-1-0 ($480,969)

Career Highlights:
1st - Super Derby (G-1) - 1 ¼ miles
1st - Fayette Stakes (G-3) 1 3/16 miles

Uncaptured's second damsire Bold Ruckus (Boldnesian – Raise a Ruckus, by Raise A Native) was a speedy stakes sprinter who owned wins at 5 ½ – 6 furlongs. He placed going a mile and 1 1/8 miles. He was a top sire in Canada for many years. Despite being distance challenged on the racetrack, Bold Ruckus was deemed an Intermediate/Classic Chef de Race, indicating that he passes stamina attributes to his offspring.

The cross of Lion Heart with Arch mares has yielded five foals, three of whom have raced and won, including Uncaptured's blacktype victories. The bloodline combinations of Lion Heart and his sire Tale of the Cat crossed with those of Arch and his sire Kris S. are potent. They have resulted in 20 starters, 19 winners and one blacktype earner.

Uncaptured is a leggy, averaged -sized colt. The well-conformed colt isn't overly muscular and he has a fluid running style. Uncaptured can press the pace or sit farther back during a race. He's handled trouble in some of his starts and is battle tested.

Uncaptured's sire Lion Heart is light on classic attributes, offering more speed than stamina. However, the colt's distaff side offers the necessary stamina needed for Uncaptured to become a legitimate Classic contender.

Uncaptured has ties to the Kentucky Derby. His sire finished second in the race. He share's the same damsire as last year's Derby winner. Like Classic victor Super Saver, Uncaptured owns a win in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Also, Uncaptured is a Canadian-bred, just like his fifth tail sire Northern Dancer and 1983 Derby champ Sunny's Halo.

Additionally, John Oxley, Uncaptured's owner, is no stranger to the winners' circle at Churchill Downs. He owns 2001 Derby hero Monarchos, who recorded the second fastest winning time in the history of the prestigious race. Mr. Oxley also campaigned Beautiful Pleasure, 1999 Champion Older Female.

Uncaptured has shown a liking for the Churchill dirt. He's beaten stakes winners and has the pedigree to be competitive at 1 ¼ miles. Should he carry his form into next year's stakes races and stay healthy, Uncaptured has a strong claim to become Canada's next Kentucky Derby hero.


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Sounds better for him.
Uncaptured is now pointed to the Queen's Plate. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/triple-crown/blue-grass-also-rans-doing-well-regrouping-on-sunday/
Uncaptured may be on the cusp for the derby distance, but his Lion Heart pedigree should make him very competitive. Have to love the ones, that have that heart and desire to win. I like him.
Pace is really simple> If a horse cannot keep up early, I mean at least prompt, then he is toast for the most part......because it is often twice to three times as difficult to make up time late that is lost early HUEY MAHL
may be so? let all the prep races finish, then final selection of individual can be put forward! now at this stage every horses have chance, so nothing to be worried, it is just individual opinion, it does'nt meant that he can not win? just take it easy my friend!
Uncaptured-I do'nt see how can he achieve to be in the first bunch of horse in the kentucky derby, with his current timings in his last race, there are lot of horses with speed in the ken. derby, so if he can not be in the leading bunch, he has no chance to win, as he can not come from behind the way he ran all those last races, although his purchased price is quite costly but it is nothing to do to win the races ?
  • On The Gallop's · The horse can come off the pace also...did you read this article or what?. Two wins at Churchill and has raced in Stakes company since he broke his maiden. Just judging by his resume he is very well tested and if he can win his prep for the Blue Grass in the Rushaway stakes he should still be taken very seriously. · 1709 days ago
  • On The Gallop's · Go watch the KJC again and see him being hand ridden as Frac Daddy, and Dewey Square were in a full drive whip and all. This horse has major potential, and by the time the derby comes around he will have had 5 starts around 2 turns, and 8 starts in stakes company. He may not win but to dismiss him is ridiculous. · 1709 days ago
I'm not at all worried about him keeping up with the speed, he's more of a stalker anyway. Only reason he went to the lead in his last race is cause the pace was so slow. If I have a concern re Uncaptured, it's more whether he's a 10 f horse.

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