The last time I talked about Cuvee Uncorked the filly had just won her second race in a row and ever since watching her live I've been expecting some great things out of this gritty, talented filly. Today I went to talk to her owners about doing a fund raiser for our school, and somehow, like it always does with me, the conversation turned to horse racing. While talking I brought up their talented filly and asked how she had been doing since keeping her unbeaten record when winning at DE Park. Imagine my surprise when they told me they had shipped her to Belmont Park and had raced her in her stakes debut only a little over two weeks later. When I asked about how the race went they immediately said the filly had put up a good race, but still was beaten half a length.
As you can imagine as soon as I got home I hopped on the computer to search for any type of replay, so I myself could watch and handicap Uncorked's race. I took me quite a while, but after some help, provided by the very kind Alex Brown, I was able to find Uncorked's race chart and a video of the race replay. Ecstatic, I jumped to the video, eager to watch this filly that I expect to go on to be one of the best female sprinters in the nation.
As soon as I clicked play my eyes remained glued intently upon the gate. When the bell rang I quickly spotted Cuvee Uncorked in the green silks, draped in the number three saddle cloth. Breaking well Uncorked settled into third behind two dueling leaders. Uncorked sat off a blazing hot pace that saw the opening quarter run in 21 and four fifths and the half 45 and two fifths! As they moved into the far turn Cuvee Uncorked began to make her bid for the lead. As they moved into the stretch though, you could tell that this race would yet again test the heart and courage of the talented filly.
Moontune Missy who had been flanking Cuvee Uncorked for nearly the entire race was also begining to rally on the outside. Uncorked soon found herself in tight quarters between Moontune Missy, who dwarfed her in size, and one of the stubborn race leaders that refused to fold to her inside. Despite the pressure she was receiving from both sides, Uncorked remained courageous and game, battling with Moontune Miss the length of the stretch. In the last twenty yards, despite her courage, it was Moontune Missy who began to edge away in the final strides to win the Sometime Thing Stakes by half a length.
This may have been her first defeat but she still show her talent as she hung with Moontune Missy, who was a much fresher and more experience racehorse. Cuvee Uncorked had last raced September 12, 2009 at Deleware Park in an allowence race. In her last race she raced only a half length or so off another hot pace, to run on gamely in the stretch winning by a nose, while she and her competitor were wide open lengths ahead of the rest of the field. For her to come back in 15 days, while shipping for the first time and running against a fresher, more experienced foe testifies to her unbelieveble talent. I am still expecting great things from this daughter of Cuvee, and will keep you updated on her progress. Stay tuned and watch out!