BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Florida-bred Uncashed burst from the starting gate and instantly sprinted to the lead on his way to pressive five-and-a-half-length victory in the $175,000 Quick Call presented by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Saratoga Sunday. The Larry Rivelli trainee remained undefeated in four starts this year and is five-for-six lifetime after defeating five other 3-year-olds over five-and-a-half furlongs on the main track.
In becoming the fifth Florida-bred winner of the Quick Call and second in three years after Golden Pal’s victory in 2021, Uncashed was undeterred after the race was moved off the turf and reduced by six scratches. Originally a Grade 3, the Quick Call was downgraded to listed status with the move to the main track.
Uncashed joined a list of acclaimed Florida-bred sprinters who have won the Quick Call that in addition to Golden Pal, includes Pure Sensation (2014), Holding Gold (2016) and World of Trouble (2018).
Irad Ortiz Jr. and Florida-bred Uncashed – Susie Raisher Photo
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., who also rode Golden Pal and World of Trouble in their Quick Call triumphs, Uncashed was a half-length clear of Acoustic Ave after a quarter mile in :22.28 and three-and-a-half lengths ahead of Joey Freshwater after a half-mile in :45.43. He finished up in 1.03.44 on the sloppy and sealed track with Joey Freshwater second and Two of a Kind another three lengths farther back in third. Acoustic Ave, Florida-bred Briterdayzahead and Kigali completed the order of finish.
Charging, Dr Oseran, Eye Witness, Gaslight Dancer, No Nay Hudon (Ire) and Son of a Birch were scratched.
Uncashed paid $4.40 to win as the 6-5 favorite.
“The race didn’t fall apart as much as I thought it would [after scratches],” Rivelli said. “It was time for him to get battle tested and this was obviously a step up from the venues he ran at before. But I wouldn’t have taken him there if I didn’t think he could do it. I’m really happy with his performance.”
Owned by Patricia’s Hope LLC, Uncashed won two allowance sprints at Hawthorne in April and May to start the year before winning the $50,000 Golden Circle over six furlongs at Prairie Meadows on May 20. He began his career winning a six-furlong maiden special weight by 11 lengths at Louisiana Downs in September before suffering his only defeat when second to Hand Pay in a first level, $62,500 optional claiming at Hawthorne on Oct. 21.
Uncashed has earned $182,450 in his six career starts.
“He’s a big, long, rangy horse and just covers ground so easily,” Rivelli said. “He has a really high-cruising speed and we’ve never really got to the bottom of him in any of his races since we laid him off and brought him back. Today was the day we were going to have to throw it down and I do believe there has to be a little left in the tank. He had to run today to win and he did.”
Ortiz praised Uncashed for the quick start and his ability to maintain a high speed throughout the race.
“He broke out of there and made the lead on his own,” Ortiz said. “I didn’t have to use him too much. He doesn’t know how to slow down. He was going comfortable. He was going a little bit quick, but at the same time, he was relaxed and waiting for me.
“Going to the quarter pole, I felt them coming but he put his ears up and I know he was going to be there. I watched a couple of replays. Larry told me to trust him and that he’s a nice horse and that’s what I did. After I made the lead, I just waited for the time to go. When they made their move, I asked him and it took him maybe a few strides. But he started running when he hit the three-sixteenths pole and I said, ‘Alright he’s home.’”
Uncashed is out of Charlie B, by War Chant and was bred by Nicksar Farm. He is the third foal out of Charlie B, her second winner and first stakes winner from three starters. Charlie B has an unraced 2-year-old filly, Cool Tricks, by Practical Joke, who sold for $30,000 to Rohan Crichton at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale in April from the Envision Equine consignment. Charlie B’s yearling filly, Miss Zelenskyy, by West Coast and a weanling filly, My Raquel, by Connect.
Four Florida-bred Winners at Saratoga Sunday
Florida breeders were well represented at Saratoga Race Course Sunday with four winners on the day’s 10-race card.
In addition to Uncashed in the featured Quick Call, the day started with a Florida-bred Daily Double as Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Giroovin won Race 1, a $20,000 claiming, with Manny Franco aboard. By Girvin, the Mike Maker trainee was bred by Bella Inizio Farm LLC.
Trainer Linda Rice won Race 2, a $25,000 claiming for fillies and mares, with Jolly Miss Jill. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, the daughter of Handsome Mike won for owner Winning Move Stable. The 3-year-old filly was bred by Stonehedge LLC.
Ensign Parker, who is owned and trained by Natalia Lynch, won Race 4, a $14,000 claiming for 3-year-olds and older, with Dylan Davis aboard. Ensign Parker is by Soldat and was bred by Richard Dunn