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Uncaptured brings perfect mark into Grey
Uncaptured will put his unbeaten record on the line against six rivals in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Grey Stakes at Woodbine. An impressive 3 1/4-length winner of the September 9 Swynford Stakes in his last outing, the Mark Casse trainee will make his first start at two turns as he preps for a possible start in the November 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Regular rider Patrick Husbands will be up on the dark bay son of Lion Heart.
The Grey is part of the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby" scoring system.
A nose debut winner going 4 1/2 furlongs on May 13, Uncaptured rolled to a 5 1/2-length victory when making his stakes bow in the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon on June 30. He followed it with an easy one-length tally in the six-furlong Clarendon Stakes on July 28 and stretched out to seven furlongs in the Swynford. The Ontario-bred colt figures to be a prohibitive betting favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Grey on Polytrack.
Swynford Stakes runner-up Five Iron will also return for the Grey. A sharp four-length debut winner two back, the Brian Lynch-trained colt showed speed in both career starts and should be forwardly-placed on Sunday with Alex Solis.
Casse is responsible for three of the entrants. Indiano Jones exits a respectable third in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes on turf and Star Contender will step up in class off a nice maiden score over the Polytrack.
Josie Carroll will send out a promising prospect in Tesseron, who rallied to a good-looking maiden win in his September 3 career debut. River Seven is still a maiden, but he's placed in two previous stakes attempts. Mercenary, who exits a sixth in the Summer, rounds out the field.