The Fields Stable’s Left Unsaid sits at number two in the countdown ofthe top Dynaformer-sired steeplechase runners. That’s number two with abullet.
Left Unsaid (Dynaformer-Hello Soso (Ire), Alzao): Trained by Tom Voss, the 4-year-old was purchased out of flat trainer Bobby Frankel’s barn last year after going winless in 10 starts. From the moment Left Unsaid burst onto the hurdle scene with a powerful maiden score at Strawberry Hill in April it was evident that he had found his true calling.
Left Unsaid’s rise to the top of the novice ranks in 2009 wasn’t without a blip on the radar. Voss sent him to Penn National for his second start in July and Left Unsaid struggled through a tough trip over the yielding course and finished a deceptive fourth. He made his stakes debut at Saratoga in the Jonathan Kiser Novice in July and rallied late to finish second to You The Man.
Things really came into focus after the Kiser, when Left Unsaid rolled to an 8 1/4-length win in the Spa’ Mickey Walsh Novice in August 20. The win was the definitive divisional performance in a year that boasts one of the classiest group of novice runners in recent memory. Left Unsaid even snuck in a flat run during his busy summer in Saratoga when he finished third in an open maiden September 20.
Switched back to hurdles at Monmouth Park for the September 26 Metcalf Memorial Novice, Left Unsaid was upset by Tricky Me, who he had vanquished in the Walsh. The defeat set up for an exciting showdown at Far Hills in the Grade I Foxbrook, where the the novice title was on the line in an exceptional field that included Tricky Me, You The Man, Terpsichorean and Nationbuilder. It also would mark the first time Left Unsaid had ventured away from the racetrack.
If the Walsh was the performance of the year, then the Foxbrook certainly deserves honorable mention. Left Unsaid rolled to a 4-length win to put to rest any doubts about his ability to handle a hunt meet, not to mention who was the best novice of 2009. Voss indicated after the race he would give Left Unsaid the rest of the year off and ready for a 2010 campaign. Should the Foxbrook be his last start of 2009, Left Unsaid heads for a well deserved break with a first-year hurdle record of 6-3-2-0 and $137,700 in earnings, far and away tops in the novice ranks and just behind stablemate and upset Grand National winner Your Sum Man ($150,000) overall.