A son of Tiz Wonderful, Uncontested was sent to the lead by Channing Hill and set fractions of :23.04, :46.21, and 1:10.70. Easily turning back a brief bid from second choice Petrov approaching the quarter pole, Uncontested opened back up and won in a time of 1:36.32 for a mile on the sloppy going.
Owned by Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta, the Wayne Catalano trainee returned $4.40. Petrov easily held second and was followed by Rowdy the Warrior and Warrior's Club, the colt owned by the Churchill Downs Racing Club. Kentucky Derby eligibility points of 10-4-2-1 were distributed to the top four finishers.
Uncontested has now accumulated 11 Kentucky Derby points. A six-length debut winner at Keeneland in October, he earned one point for his fourth-place effort in the November 26 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill.
Uncontested is expected to move on to the $500,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn on February 20. That 1 1/16-mile test, also worth 10 points to the winner, is second in Oaklawn's series and is followed by the $900,000 Rebel (G2) on March 18 (50 points) and the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 15 (100 points).
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