Unbridled Class: Indiana's Leading Money Earner of 2019
Unbridled Class is a beautiful creature. She attracts the eyes of onlookers each time she steps hoof onto the racetrack with a perfectly dappled grey coat that can both mimic a stormy sky or sparkle in the sunlight. I often reflect on the first time I saw her at Indiana Grand. It was April 24, 2019 - a cool and cloudy day in Shelbyville. I was drawn to her the moment I saw her parading before an Allowance race. She trotted along without a pony, her ears pricked and eyes looking around the track alertly. She seemed so confident.
At that point in time, Unbridled Class had won three races in ten starts. She had never finished off the board, making her a perfect picture of consistency. As her good looks and respectable record hinted towards, Unbridled Class won that Allowance with ease. It would be just one of her many victories. Pedigree Overview:
Unbridled Class was born on February 17, 2015 for breeder LTB Inc & Hillerich Racing.
She is sired by Unbridled Express, a son of Unbridled’s Song with a short career that saw him break his maiden at Churchill Downs and finish third in the Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Unbridled Express stands at Swifty Farms in Seymour, Indiana where he has proven himself as a good sire with 21% of his progeny becoming black-type stakes winners. Thus far, Unbridled Class is one of his top lifetime runners.
The filly’s dam is Miss Carmelite, a winning daughter of the late Mutakddim. Mutakddim was a gorgeous, muscular, chestnut stallion with a beautiful pedigree (by Seeking The Gold out of a Seattle Slew mare). He ultimately found great success as a sire in Argentina, where he passed away in 2014.
Unbridled Class’ talent on the racetrack has proven that her connections were successful in breeding Miss Carmelite to Unbridled Express, both of whom they raced. Racing Career (2018 - present): Unbridled Class made her debut as a three-year old at Indiana Grand on May 23rd, 2018. It took her four tries to break her maiden, finally getting to the wire first on August 7th of that same year. She would conclude her first season with two wins in seven starts.
She traveled to Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana to begin her four-year old season. Fair Grounds has become a somewhat regular spot for Unbridled Class to run, which is understandable considering that trainer Bernard Flint spent 16 years at the New Orleans Police Department.
He had worked in vice, narcotics, and homicide and headed the robbery-burglary division there, according to America’s Best Racing. Half of his sixteen years at the New Orleans Police Department saw him working double-time to train Thoroughbreds. He retired from the police department in 1976 and has been a full-time Thoroughbred trainer ever since.
Unbridled Class raced three times at Fair Grounds, winning two Allowance races and finishing third in another. She then returned home to Indiana to continue on a four race winning streak, sweeping three consecutive Allowance races at Indiana Grand. She was clearly ready to step up in class, so she was entered into the Mari Hulman George Memorial Stakes on the Indiana Derby undercard. She finished second.
Afterwards, Unbridled Class met an older mare named Expect Indy for the first time in Shelby County Stakes; Expect Indy beat her to the wire by an inch. The two faced each other again in the Merrillville Stakes, this time with Unbridled Class getting to the wire first. They met one final time in the Richmond Stakes, which was the third consecutive race for each of these mares. Expect Indy was again victorious. Unbridled Class was honored as Indiana’s leading-money earner in 2019, recognition she undoubtedly earned with her thrilling races.
The filly traveled back to Louisiana as the Indiana meet winded down to an end. She made her first start in the Orleans Stakes at Delta Downs, in which she finished ninth. It was the first time she ever finished off the board.
She returned to Fair Grounds to run in the Nelson J. Menard Memorial Stakes, where bettors made her one of the longest shots on the board. She seemingly laughed in the face of her doubters, taking the lead at the beginning of the race and never giving it up. (Watch the replay here)
Unbridled Class most recently ran in the Mardi Gras Stakes and finished fourth after struggling to find room to run in the stretch. Nevertheless, things have been going well for this pretty filly after that tough beat. According to Equibase, she has been training very well at Fair Grounds.
All in all, Unbridled Class has given her fans and connections much excitement through her short rivalry with Expect Indy and thrilling stakes wins on both dirt and turf. She is a great representative of Indiana-breds and is almost certain to have a great season in 2020. If you love consistent horses that seem to get better with every race, be sure to watch for the name “Unbridled Class”. You may just fall in love with her too.
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