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Rosenblum Calls Southwest Result a 'Throwout'


Uncontested Won't Contest Rebel

Uncontested, the beaten favorite in the Southwest Stakes, will skip the Rebel, the next stakes race in Oaklawn's 3-year-old series.

Owner Harry Rosenblum said Uncontested will likely run next in the Arkansas Derby on April 15. Rosenblum said he and trainer Wayne Catalano are calling the result of the Southwest a “throw out” after the colt faded to sixth after setting the pace.

“He’s perfectly fine,” Rosenblum said after seeing Uncontested Wednesday morning. “He looks good. We’re tickled with where we are with him now and you’re probably going to see the horse back in the Arkansas Derby.

“It was a good field,” Rosenblum said. “We haven’t lost any confidence in our horse. I think we just draw a line through this race, and congratulations to the horses that finished ahead of us.”

Uncontested, in his 3-year-old debut, was a record-setting 5 ¼-length wire-to-wire winner of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Jan. 16.

Uncontested would likely follow the same path as Far Right, who won the Smarty Jones and Southwest in 2015 for Rosenblum and co-owner Robert LaPenta, skipped the Rebel and ran second to American Pharoah in the Arkansas Derby. LaPenta also co-owns Uncontested.

“It’s the same kind of plan for a different horse,” Rosenblum said. “I’d say we’d like to win the Arkansas Derby here at home, and the horse does well over this track.”

Rosenblum also mentioned the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on April 8 as a possibility.

Uncontested recorded the most lopsided margin of victory in the 10-year history of the Smarty Jones. His time of 1:36.32 was a stakes record and the second-fastest mile clocking by a 3-year-old during January at Oaklawn.

By Dick Downey with content from Oaklawn release

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