Motion Will Let Untamed Domain ‘Run His Race’ In G3 Kent Stakes

by | 07.10.2018 | 2:59pm
Mendelssohn takes the G1 BC Juvenile Turf; Untamed Domain rallies late to take second

West Point Thoroughbreds' Untamed Domain tops the $200,000 Grade III Kent Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The mile-and-an-eighth grass affair has attracted a field of nine 3-year-olds.

The son of Animal Kingdom will be seeking his first victory of the season. In his most recent, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by H. Graham Motion finished fourth in the mile-and-an-eighth $200,000 Grade III Pennine Ridge over the Belmont Park turf on June 2. Previously, he ran second in the mile-and-a-sixteenth $300,000 Grade II American Turf at Churchill Downs on May 5. He has a career record of two wins, two seconds and two thirds from nine starts with earnings of $403,150.

After closing his two-year-old campaign with a second in the one-mile Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar on November 3, Motion is a little frustrated the talented Untamed Domain has not found the winner's circle after four starts this season.

“I think his form from the Breeders' Juvenile Turf was phenomenal,” said Motion. “There have been a good number of horses that have come out of that race and performed very well, so in that light, it is a little frustrating. It is also frustrating because I know how much ability the horse has. In his last race, the prep for the Belmont Derby, I kind of blame myself. We took him out of his running style a little bit and it just did not work out. On Saturday, we are going to let him run his race, and Jose Ortiz will be back to ride him. He knows him very well, so we are certainly very happy to have him back on board.”


Motion is very happy with the way Untamed Domain is coming into the race.

“I am very happy with him,” Motion said. “His last work was a little slow, but that was over the Fair Hill turf course where they tend to go a little slow because it is uphill. I am also happy we only have to go a half-hour down the road to run in a graded stake with him, instead of shipping to Kentucky or Belmont. So it is a very logical spot for him.”

Reddam Racing's Blame the Rider, who has made all eight of his career starts at Santa Anita, rates as the second choice. This year, the son of Jimmy Creed has a record of two wins, a second and a third from eight starts. In his latest, the Kentucky-bred trained by Doug O'Neill ran second in the mile-and-a-sixteenth $100,000 Rainbow Stakes on the grass on June 16. Previously he won the one-mile $100,000 Singletary Stakes.

$200,000 Grade III Kent Stakes

For 3-year-olds at a mile-and-an-eighth (turf)

PP

HORSE

OWNER

TRAINER

JOCKEY

Wg

OD

1

Carrick

Donegal Racing

Thomas Morley

John Velazquez

116

9/2

2

Hot Springs

Woodford Racing

Steven Asmussen

Feargal Lynch

116

6-1

3

Duc de Calas (FR)

Jump Sucker Stable

Christophe Clement

Trevor McCarthy

116

8-1

4

Gunnison

Gunpowder & Hinkle Farms

Kelly Rubley

Jevian Toledo

116

10-1

5

Untamed Domain

West Point Thoroughbreds

H. Graham Motion

Jose Ortiz

116

5/2

6

Golden Brown

ABL Stable, Bossone

Patrick McBurney

Jairo Rendon

116

15-1

7

Archaggelos

Monticule Stable

Michael Dickinson

Mario Pino

116

10-1

8

Blame the Rider

Reddam Racing

Doug O'Neill

Mario Gutierrez

120

7/2

9

Way Early

Susan and Jim Hill

George Weaver

Kendrick Carmouche

116

8-1

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