Untimed Play appears the right play in Saturday maiden at Keeneland

October 28th, 2016

A September 23 juvenile turf maiden at Churchill has yielded two starters for Saturday's sixth race at Keeneland. Giant Payday finished first in that race, but an erratic run by him forced Untimed Play to steady in deep stretch. After an inquiry, Giant Payday was demoted from first to third, while Untimed Play was elevated from third to second.

Though it cost Untimed Play a better placing, I'm not entirely convinced his bid between rivals would have been enough to beat Giant Payday even if the latter had maintained a straight course. Nonetheless, Untimed Play (#4, 4-1) represents the value in his rematch against the morning line favorite on Saturday over 1 1/16 miles.

A better post position Saturday (3 versus Giant Payday's 12) should benefit Untimed Play, as should the jockey switch to Robby Albarado, who has won aboard five of 16 mounts he's had aboard Chris Richard-trained horses since the beginning of 2015.

A half-brother to stakes-winning juvenile Carving, Untimed Play is out of In Seconds, a Giant's Causeway half-sister to Group 2-winning Royal Ascot scorer Lear Spear. Farther back in this family we find Australian Group 1 winner Moriarty and Lotus Pool, who some might remember from a few years back as a Grade 3 winner on the Keeneland turf.