Untamed Domain Runs Wild to Win at Spa
Two-year-old Untamed Domain broke his maiden impressively going long on the turf Saturday at Saratoga after a troubled trip. The colt regathered himself after checking and losing position on the far turn, before rallying six wide with a wild rush to strike the front by the sixteenth pole. Jockey Jose Ortiz was able to gear him down slightly before the wire. Untamed Domain ran his last quarter in 22.4 in the mile and one sixteenth maiden special weight.
The son of first crop sire Animal Kingdom found the winner's circle in only his second career start. The Graham Motion trainee was fourth in a five and one half furlong maiden special weight on the turf at Laurel on July 2 where he also found traffic trouble, having to steady off heels turning for home.
Graham Motion said after the race, "You know you always want to try and do the right thing with young horses especially those you think have some talent. I questioned whether it was best to run him back quick in a place like Saratoga, but he proved much the best today. There's definitely more to him. He's still so green."
"It was pretty special to have Graham's first Animal Kingdom sired winner,” said West Point president Terry Finley. “Untamed Domain's debut at Laurel was decent, but we knew he'd relish more ground. I'm glad we took the shot running sooner rather than later after he came out of his first start so well. It was awesome to see so many long time and new Partners in the winner's circle together. Congratulations to them all. It's going to be a fun year with this dude.”
The West Point Thoroughbreds buying team purchased Untamed Domain at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.