Michael Burns

Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured Retired

John Oxley's son of Lion Heart was Canada's top horse as a 2-year-old in 2012.

John Oxley's millionaire Uncaptured , Canada's Horse of the Year as a 2-year-old in 2012, has been retired from racing, trainer Mark Casse announced Sept. 12.

In three seasons of racing Uncaptured, bred in Ontario by William D. Graham, won seven of 18 lifetime starts and placed in six others, en route to earnings of $1,065,147.

"He has a mind of steel," Casse said. "Uncaptured is one of the classiest and talented horses I've ever trained."

The precocious Ontario-bred son of Lion HeartCaptivating, by Arch, a $290,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase in 2011, began his racing career with four straight wins. He broke his maiden first time out at Woodbine and subsequently rattled off three consecutive stakes victories, winning the Clarendon, Vandal, and Swynford stakes, all at Woodbine and all by open lengths.

Proving his versatility over traditional dirt, Uncaptured won the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) by 5 1/4 lengths and the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) in a gutsy effort by a neck at Churchill Downs, concluding his stellar juvenile campaign with six wins in seven starts. The only blemish on his tab was a troubled fifth-place finish in the Grey Stakes (Can-III).

Uncaptured's impressive 2-year-old season earned him dual Sovereign Award titles in 2012 as he was also honored as Canada's champion 2-year-old male.

Uncaptured was one of the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I). While he didn't make the Derby, Uncaptured enjoyed another strong season at 3 in 2013. He ran second in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III), then in July won the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown, at Fort Erie as the 2-5 favorite. He also hit the board in two other graded stakes events, the Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) and Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III).

At 4, Uncaptured finished a close third, beaten only a half-length by Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Palace Malice , in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

Stud plans have not been announced.