Day At The Track

Unlocked has been obliterating his rivals

11:26 AM 13 Sep 2014 NZST
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Unlocked and driver Dave Magee
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Unlocked seems an appropriate name for the Erv Miller-trained sophomore son of Duneside Perch.

The powerful bay colt has simply obliterated his rivals in last four starts, beginning with his 1:50.2 victory in the $48,000 Incredible Finale Stake here at Balmoral on July 26. He then roasted a field of eight rivals on Aug. 14 at Springfield in a lifetime best of 1:49.1 in a $52,000 State Fair Championship, his nearest competitor 9¼ lengths behind him at the wire.

"I knew he was some kind of nice horse, and from the nine-hole, that Springfield effort was a huge mile," Erv acknowledged.

Owned by Megan Rogers of Chicago, Unlocked then swept to a 1:51.3 clocking in the $22,000 Dudley Hanover Stake at DuQuoin on Aug.24, before winning his $15,000 Langley elim last week casually by 6¼ lengths in 1:50.3 with his regular pilot, Dave Magee, at the lines.

"It really didn't surprise me at all," Magee admitted. "This colt is capable of going some really big miles. He's a lot more comfortable doing his job now. Earlier this year he was high strung, but the last few starts he's been super. He just needs to stay out of trouble in the final. He's been so dominate as of late that I expect to be somewhere up close. He never seems to tail off at the end of a mile so post isn't an issue for him either."

"He's a very high speed horse," Erv stressed. "Nick (trainer Prather) wasn't able to get the conditioning miles in him over the winter he felt the colt needed, because of the terrible Midwest weather, so he sent him out East to us."

Originally, Unlocked was teamed with trainer Curtis Rice, but when Rogers watched the youngster win his first two starts at Balmoral in 2013, she purchased him from Rice for $50,000 and placed him in Prather's barn.

The colt won his career debut, a $6,000 ICF stake at Balmoral, on June 9, 2013 in 1:56.2, and six days later drew off by eight lengths in 1:53.3 in a $15,000 ICF test. He won his first and second starts for Prather, the $12,000 Enzo The Baker Stake at Maywood on June 28 in 1:58.2 and the $12,000 Fox Valley Barzgar Stake on July 5 in 1:56.3 with Magee at the lines. Unlocked went on to earn $82,447 as a 2-year-old via six wins and five seconds in 12 starts, taking a mark of p,2,1:53.2 in a Springfield elimination.

This year he's amassed another $104,725 from 13 starts, with a five triumphs and one second. However, Unlocked, who besides being flashy in color and big strided, is quirky at times, Miller and Magee agreed.

"He's the only horse I've ever had that will run out bad one week and the next week run in," Erv noted. "We don't change his rigging at all, but he'll be on the left line one week and on the right the next, for no apparent reason."

"Unlocked is very sound, but quirky," Magee agreed. "At Springfield, he wasn't into the race at all and leaving from the far outside, he was watching the crowd and wasn't attentive to me. Despite that, he still went a huge mile.

Bred by Bart Seals of Mason, IL, Unlocked is the sixth foal out of the Fighting Major mare Miss Major Power p, 3, 1:51.1M ($27,453) and has half-siblings in: Bad As Bart (by Sportsmaster) p,4,1:54H ($98,699); Destinationunknown (by Ice Chaser Won) p, 2, 1:54.4 ($32,193); and Partatbartsplace (by Party At Artsplace) p,4, 1:53.3F ($60,031).

"Unlocked is a horse who is actually one of the easier ones for me to manage," Erv offered. "He's got so much speed that he is easy to keep sharp, because he is so naturally talented."

by Kimberly Rinker, for Balmoral Park

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