Un­tamed Do­main a fighter

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – An­i­mal King­dom gave trainer Gra­ham Mo­tion ar­guably his greatest mo­ment in rac­ing when he won the 2011 Ken­tucky Derby.

On Wed­nes­day, Mo­tion hopes that a son of An­i­mal King­dom can give him a mem­o­rable mo­ment at this Saratoga meet when Un­tamed Do­main runs in a highly com­pet­i­tive re­newal of the Grade 3, $150,000 With An­tic­i­pa­tion Stakes for 2-yearolds at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

A seem­ingly evenly matched field of 11 was en­tered for the With An­tic­i­pa­tion, which could pro­duce a starter or two for the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 3.

Un­tamed Do­main stead­ied sharply en­ter­ing the far turn but ral­lied wide in the stretch to earn a 1 1/2-length maiden vic­tory go­ing 1 1/16 miles here on July 22. Prior to that, he had fin­ished a trou­bled fourth in a turf sprint at Lau­rel on July 2.

“Per­haps it sur­prised me how com­fort­ably he won de­spite hav­ing not a great trip,” Mo­tion said. “The An­i­mal King­doms, you’d think they want two turns. I think it’s a sur­prise how well they’ve done sprint­ing. [An­i­mal King­dom] didn’t break his maiden un­til he went a mile and an eighth at Keeneland.”

Jose Or­tiz rides Un­tamed Do­main from post 8.

Eval­u­a­tor walked out of the gate un­der Joel Rosario yet cir­cled the field and won in hand at odds of 9-1 in a New York-bred maiden race on Aug. 9.

“We were ex­pect­ing him to run well,” trainer Michael Dil­ger said. “We thought he would break bet­ter in his first race, but he’s al­ways been a very will­ing horse. I told Joel he would keep giv­ing to him dur­ing the race.”

Trumpi and Se­ab­hac were sep­a­rated by a half-length when they ran one-two in an Aug. 5 maiden race here. Trumpi led all the way, and Se­ab­hac ral­lied mildly once off the rail.

Se­ab­hac is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has won five of the first 12 run­nings of this race, in­clud­ing the last two. Pletcher also sends out Earth, a de­but win­ner sprint­ing at Gulf­stream who fin­ished third of four in the Tyro at Mon­mouth, an­other turf sprint.

Catholic Boy, trained by for­mer Pletcher as­sis­tant Jonathan Thomas, ships in off a twoturn maiden win at Gulf­stream.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Un­tamed Do­main, by An­i­mal King­dom Bey­ers: 59-62

◗ Won last out de­spite not chang­ing leads un­til very late.

◗ Honor­able Trea­sure, fifth that day, came back to win a dirt maiden race by 6 1/4 lengths with a 90 Beyer Speed Fig­ure.

Se­ab­hac, by Scat Daddy Beyer: 65

◗ Had an in­side trip, tipped off the rail, and tried to run down the loose-on-the-lead Trumpi but fell a half-length short in

his de­but.

“I thought he ran a win­ning race first time out, so we just felt like he’s a horse that’s shown qual­ity all along, and we’ve been point­ing to this race since that race,” Pletcher said.

Earth, by Orb Bey­ers: 55-76

◗ Both his races came at 5 1/2 fur­longs.

“He lost his ac­tion on the turn at Mon­mouth and seemed to strug­gle with that course a lit­tle bit,” Pletcher said of Earth’s race in the Tyro. “You would think he’d ap­pre­ci­ate the added dis­tance.”

Machtree, by Kit­ten’s Joy Beyer: 66

◗ Sat up close to a slow pace and then showed grit to hold off Honey Dont in solid de­but win here Aug. 12.

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