LaPenta, Robert V. and Rosenblum, Harry T.
Wayne M. Catalano
Richard Forbush
Dark Bay
Foal Date
May 10, 2014

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Uncontested Racing News

Horse Bio

Based on his outstanding victory in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 16, Uncontested should have a great chance in the Kentucky Derby.

Unfortunately, he is among a number of leading contenders to have since run a shocker. Heavily favored in the Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 20, Uncontested once again led from Petrov, but this time he had nothing when challenged at the top of the stretch, finally finishing sixth.

Harry Rosenblum, who owns the horse with Robert LaPenta, says the horse is likely to skip the Rebel Stakes March 18 and instead race once more prior to the Kentucky Derby, probably the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn April 15.

Bred by Richard Forbush, Uncontested was a $20,000 purchase at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale. He is by Tiz Wonderful, a winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes whose progeny include juvenile grade I winner Condo Commando. Uncontested is a half-brother to Solitary Ranger, a grade III winner at seven furlongs, and his family has produced June’s Reward, third in the Del Mar Invitational Derby (G2) at 1-1/8 miles. The pedigree doesn’t scream out stamina, and nor does his style of racing on the speed, but it’s not impossible to see him staying 1-1/4 miles.

Trained by Wayne Catalano, Uncontested was a 25-1 chance when Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended, but was removed as an individual option after the Southwest Stakes. However, many pundits believe that the Southwest run was an aberration, and he will provide good value to punters if he can return to his Smarty Jones Stakes form.

Race History

8th Road to the Kentucky Derby Rebel Stakes

Oaklawn Park

II1 1/16 MilesDirt Mar 18, 2017
6th Road to the Kentucky Derby Southwest Stakes

Oaklawn Park

III1 1/16 MilesDirt Feb 20, 2017
1st Road to the Kentucky Derby Smarty Jones Stakes

Oaklawn Park

1 MileDirt Jan 16, 2017
4th Road to the Kentucky Derby Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

Churchill Downs

II1 1/16 MilesDirt Nov 26, 2016
1st Maiden Special Weight


6 1/2 FurlongsDirt Oct 19, 2016