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Main Sequence (outside) won the United Nations Stakes in his U.S. debut. (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)

By Bill Cloutier

The 63rd running of the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes turned out to be a thriller born more out of necessity than best-laid plans.

Main Sequence, a 5-year old gelding making his U.S. racing debut, came from off the pace to capture the $535,000 event at Monmouth on Saturday. The Graham Motion charge rallied from last place in the field of nine to catch Twilight Eclipse and the front-running Side Glance in the final strides to post his first win since May of 2012.

Main Sequence, who was second in the famed Epsom Derby in 2012, went off at 8-1 and had lost 10 straight starts. Motion had planned to enter Main Sequence in the Arlington Handicap as a prep for the Arlington Million but the horse became ill and the veteran trainer wanted to limit his travels. Thus, Motion opted for the Grade 1 event in New Jersey instead and Rajiv Maragh worked magic in the saddle winning the 1 3/8-mile event on the turf in a time of 2:14.23.

Kaigun, who was second to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan in his last start, was a disappointing fifth as a lukewarm favorite. Lochte, another contender, was scratched.

Side Glance earned a Hot List grade of C for his effort. The speedster finished second after taking late money at the windows dropping from 8-1 to 5.60-to-1 in the final clicks. Exclusive Strike earned a Hot List grade of B for his troubled trip. He made an impressive run along the rail before getting shut off at the top of the stretch. He then made another threat before encountering traffic and eventually ran out of gas. A drop in class or distance could do wonders for him.

United Nations Late Wagering Report

Horse No.

Odds – 3 min. to post

Final Odds

1

4

9-2

2

4

4

3

9-2

7-2

4

65

85

5

5

8

6

14

17

7

5-2

3

8

18

17

9

Scratched

 

10

8

5

The Hot List, founded by turf writer/handicapper Bob Ehalt in 2011, blends a detailed analysis of a race with late wagering trends to pick out the horses with the best chance of running a winning race in their next start. Hot List horses are rated in four lettered categories:

A: A preferred horse to watch off his effort in the race
B: A secondary horse to watch off his effort in the race
*C: Went down 2 or more betting notches in the final minutes of wagering and finished 1st through 3rd
*D: Went down 2 or more betting notches in the final minutes of wagering and finished 4th or worse

* - 4 or more betting notches if 11-1 or more.

For questions on the Hot List, email: nyhotlist@gmail.com

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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

Image Description

Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

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