Alan Garcia guides Undulated to victory in the $ 125,000 dollar Swynford Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.
M M G Stables’ Undulated rallied last to first under patient handling by Alan Garcia to capture Sunday’s $ 128,500 Swynford Stakes, a six furlong Tapeta sprint for two-year-olds, at Woodbine.
Trained by Cathal Lynch, Undulated was last of five at the top of the lane but closed resolutely into too fast splits set by a dueling Katalox and Wellabled to win going away as the 6-1 third choice. The victory marked the second added-money win in as many days for Garcia who took the Sir Barton Stakes on Saturday’s card with Freitag.
“They were going very quick. My horse was relaxed and comfortable,” said Garcia. “When I asked him to run, he picked up the bridle. I knew they were going to stop and my horse was going to make a great kick and he did.”
Katalox, runner-up in the Clarendon Stakes last time out, battled through splits of :20.95 and :44 flat with Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity champ Wellabled, while Uncle B tracked their early foot some five lengths back from third position. Sailing Home, the even-money mutuel favourite under Patrick Husbands, settled into fourth just in front of a trailing Undulated.
Uncle B, with Emma-Jayne Wilson up, was urged into contention late in the turn and took command outside of the tiring pacesetters as Sailing Home attempted to make up ground along the rail. However, Undulated, many lengths last at the top of the lane, responded with powerful strides when asked by Garcia and charged home a 3/4-length winner. Uncle B held place by 1 1/2-lengths over Sailing Home. Undulated stopped the clock in 1:10.26.
By Curlin out of the Foxhound mare Polly Alexander, Undulated was purchased for $ 625,000 at the March OBS. He graduated at first asking in a grassy maiden allowance tilt at Laurel Park and came up a nose short second time out when sprinting on the turf in the Laurel Futurity.
Undulated, bred in Kentucky by Nicholas J. Sibilio, banked $ 75,000 in his victorious Tapeta debut while improving his record to two wins and a second from three starts.
He paid $ 14, $ 6 and $ 3, combining with Uncle B ($ 9.80, $ 3.70) for a $ 109 (5-3) exacta. A 5-3-4 trifecta (Sailing Home, $ 2.10 to show) was worth $ 229.
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