Unlocked Takes Wicked Brew Stake in a Seasonal Best

Fresh off an impressive win in his career debut in last week’s $6,000 Bingo Johnnie Stake, Bart Seales Unlocked continued to impress fans of the Chicago circuit as he rolled to a decisive eight-length victory in Sunday’s $15,000 Wicked Brew Stake. The final time of 1:53.3 was the fastest mile of the year by any two-year-old in North America as of Sunday night.

Placed in mid-pack by driver Kyle Husted, the homebred son of Duneside Perch-Miss Major Power used a huge backside brush to sweep by early leaders Wimpy Doodle (Art Gregory Jr) and Diddy Dune (Jamaica Patton) as those two exchanged stints on the front end through opening splits of 28.3 and 56.3.

Heading around the final bend the Curtis Rice trainee blew right by the pace setters, quickly opening up a five-length advantage while speeding by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:25.0.

With nothing but the clear crisp Crete air between themselves and a second straight victory, Husted and Unlocked set sail for the wire, finishing off their rivals with an effortless 28.3 final quarter to keep their perfect record intact. Cotton Eyed Joe (Robert Smolin) came on late to finish a strong second while longshot Bloodbath McGrath (John De Long) rallied late to pick up the show dough.

Hammered at the betting windows after that impressive win in his career debut, Unlocked returned $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40 to his legion of backers.

Tom Kelley, Balmoral Park (reposted with permission)