Canada’s 2012 Horse of the Year raced to victory again as the winner of the Prince of Wales race at Fort Erie racetrack last night. The thoroughbred racehorse is named Unguarded, and became champion of the second leg of Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
Uncaptured began the racing season as a notable contender to champion the 2013 Kentucky Derby, but failed to win a race in his first four starts. Unguarded’s longtime jockey Miguel Mena says the three-year old thoroughbred prefers dirt racetracks, which gave both horse and jockey confidence heading into Fort Erie.
“I waited and waited and said I was going to wait as long as I could. I just got to the half-mile pole and he grabbed the bit and I said, ‘It’s over.’ When I got to the outside, I mean, he was flying.”
The odds on Uncaptured were 2/5 prior to the race, which resulted in a number of bets at the racetrack’s betting shop as well as through online casinos. The gamble was a tough bet to watch for the first three-quarters of a mile as Unguarded fell into fifth after busting out of the starting gate.
However, Mena never once panicked, and feels Unguarded remained calm as well, waiting for the opportune moment to pull ahead. That moment came at the 1/16ths pole down the stretch, when Unguarded pushed to the outside and raced ahead of all four horses he was previously trailing. After 1:55:49 minutes of running, Unguarded crossed first over the finish line, winning both the race and $300,000 for his owners.
Unguarded is one of many horses trained by horse trainer Mark Casse, who entered three other racers into the Prince of Wales race Tuesday night. But Casse says Unguarded will not compete in the final leg of the Triple Crown at Woodbine on August 18, as the final race occurs on grass.
“He likes the dirt.”
Indeed, Unguarded captured his third win out of four races on dirt tracks, which makes him an even more alluring horse to bet on during dirt races.