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Spiraling Upward

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 3/19/2013 6:49:03 PM

Those taking on rivals in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway this weekend will be trying the synthetic but will need to adapt to the conventional dirt at Churchill Downs if they get to the big dance the first Saturday in May.

Online sports betting site players can get an inkling as to who will be in the line and it all may start with Uncaptured. He has been on the sidelines with hoof issues but he has proven synthetic ability at Woodbine and is in the good hands of Mark Casse.

He also has run two huge races at Churchill, which obviously bodes well if he goes on.

The blood is there for Uncaptured to star. His dam was unraced, but she dropped Dancing Raven, who won several stakes and earned nearly $400,000.

Uncaptured’s dam also is kin to multiple stakes winner and over $400,000 earner Gold Star Deputy.

Frac Daddy ran his eyeballs out when Uncaptured beat him in his final 2012 start but he also has had some problems. He has had a hoof issue and also was found to have a throat ulcer.

Trained by Kenny McPeek, the conditioner has been down this road before. Back in the day he trained Tejano Run, who also had problems early in his sophomore year but came to life in the Spiral, which was then called the Jim Beam, and went on to run second in the Kentucky Derby.

The trainer has not lost faith in his charge, McPeek: “Everything is in good order now. I’m not down on the horse at all. He was still pretty immature and I think the extra time has probably done him some good. It may be a blessing that I haven’t run him since the Holy Bull.”

Chad Brown is looking to the Spiral for Balance the Books. He would be making his first betting sites start on the synthetic as all of his races have been on turf so far. He has fired every single time and despite running into a traffic jam, ran huge in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf when he finished with interest to complete the trifecta.

Sometimes you have to go deep into a runner’s pedigree to find that caveat that could make a difference and if you dig deep into Balance the Books’ pedigree you will find Kooyonga, who won multiple Group 1 races, was the Euro Champion Sophomore in 1991 and earned over $1.4 million.

Sometimes when things work for a person, they stick with it and Graham Motion knows a little about that theory.

He has used this race with success in the years past and could be aiming Cerro for this contest.

Cerro was fried when sixth in the Fountain of Youth. His lone sibling to race has won twice and has earned nearly $100,000.

Cerro’s dam won a couple of times and is kin to a near $250,000 earner but there is champion blood in the ownership as Olympic champ Michael Phelps is part owner of Cerro.

D. Wayne Lukas, who saddled the one/two finishers of last weekend’s Rebel, could show up in this horse betting race with Channel Isle, who may have just hated the surface when a distant fourth in the Southwest Stakes but the colt has run okay on the synthetic in the last.

Isle was third beaten 2 at Keeneland as a maiden and he has been training fast at Oaklawn for this race.

Others aiming for this race include Fear the Kitten, General Election and Palm Beach Stakes winner Rydilluc.

Fans should keep abreast of developments all week.

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