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September 18, 2017 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

West Point Thoroughbreds’ 2-year-old star by Animal Kingdom will head to the $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) as one of the favorites. This year’s World Championships are held “where the turf meets the surf,” Del Mar.

 

Trained by Graham Motion, Untamed Domain stormed down the center of the track under "Jersey" Joe Bravo to win Saturday’s Summer Stakes (G2) at Woodbine. With the win he earned an all-expenses paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup.

 

Hear from his happy Partners:


Jeff from Missouri: “Hard to believe this is our 1st horse with WPT. Julie and I can’ believe our luck! Thank you WPT and the Graham Motion team, and also big thanks to Untamed Domain. Might have to make more room for win pictures. What an experience so far and the ride has just started!


James from Texas: “I don’t cry very often but.....WE ARE IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP!


One of the things that makes this colt so exciting for his Partners is the fact that he’s still so green. Take a look at the stretch run and you'll see what we mean.


“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 leveled off so beautifully. Graham knew what he had; he knows he has a special horse.”


“The Summer was pretty quick back after the With Anticipation, but we knew it would be easier than the races at Belmont and Keeneland,” said Motion. “The colt was doing so well, and once we saw the entries, we felt it made a lot of sense to run, especially since he was the only colt in the field with a win over a mile. He’s just been a little unfocused in his races, which is why I decided to put some cheater blinkers on him. I’m glad everything came together; it’s really special to win a race like this with a son of Animal Kingdom.”


The West Point buying team purchased Untamed Domain for $90,000 from Clearsky Farm (known for recent success with Arrogate and Abel Tasman) at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Over 800 horses commanded more money at the world-famous sale, so the success of this colt is a testament to the dedication and horsemanship of our team!


He broke his maiden early at the Saratoga meet before finishing third with a tough trip in the With Anticipation Stakes (G3) on August 30. He now has two wins from four starts and earnings over $180,000.

Learn more about the Breeders' Cup.

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