West Point Thoroughbreds' Untamed Domain (3-1) came flying down the center of Woodbine's stretch to win Sunday's Grade 2 Summer Stakes by a half-length over the favored (8-5) Hemp Hemp Hurray. The juvenile son of Animal Kingdom, ridden by Joe Bravo for trainer Graham Motion, covered a mile over the firm turf in 1:34.73, earning an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.
“The whole puzzle really came together today,” said Bravo. “Graham did a great job by putting the blinkers on for the first time.”
El Dulce was sharp out of the gate to rush out for the lead under Jose Ortiz, but the favorite Hemp Hemp Hurray wasn't about to let that rival get away and stayed within a length of his heels. Though last early on, Untamed Domain kept his position at the rail and made an early move up into fifth near the half-mile pole.
Through fractions of :23.89 and :47.53, El Dulce continued to lead Hemp Hemp Hurray. Rounding the far turn Hemp Hemp Hurray drew even with El Dulce, and Count Alexander made it a three-way battle for the lead at the head of the lane.
Untamed Domain and Bravo waited behind a wall of horses until the field turned for home, then angled out for clear running. The colt drifted back behind rivals briefly, but once Bravo moved him clear once again he came running.
Hemp Hemp Hurray had just put away his two rivals when Untamed Domain came flying up the outside to take the lead in the final 100 yards. At the wire Untamed Domain was a half-length in front of Hemp Hemp Hurray. Admiralty Pier tried to save ground at the rail around the turn, got in tight several times down the lane, and was up belatedly to gain third. Count Alexander held on to finish fourth.
“He's a very big horse that is just learning and my main thing was just to get him plenty of room and keep him out of trouble turning for home,” said Bravo.” I had to swing three-wide and he just levelled off so beautifully. Graham knew what he had, he knows he has a special horse.”
Bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms, Untamed Domain was a $90,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. The colt broke his maiden second out at Saratoga, and placed third in Saratoga's G3 With Anticipation on Aug. 30. Overall, Untamed Domain has compiled a record of two wins from four starts for earnings of over $180,000.
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