Untapable rolled to a dominant victory in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes on June 28 at Belmont Park. (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)
Great athletes make amazing performances look easy.
Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable’s effortless runaway win at 1-to-20 odds in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park served as a perfect example.
The bay Tapit filly encountered some trouble early when another horse ducked in and crowded her, but she recovered like a professional and raced a few lengths behind a testing pace set by Princess Violet through a half-mile in :45.95.
Untapable advanced willingly under John Velazquez on the far turn, closed in on the leader after three-quarters of a mile in 1:09.65 and then simply overpowered Princess Violet entering the stretch.
Untapable surged well clear with only the slightest encouragement from her rider and powered to a 9 1/4-length romp. She completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.48 for her fourth win in as many starts this year.
“I think she’s a very special filly,” said trainer Steve Asmussen, who conditions Untapable for owner-breeder Ron Winchell’s Winchell Thoroughbreds.
UNTAPABLE PULLS AWAY TO EASY MOTHER GOOSE WIN
Photo by Adam Coglianese/NYRA
After crushing the competition at 4.40-to-1 odds in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes in February at Fair Grounds in her season debut, Untapable has gone off at 1-to-2 in the Fair Grounds Oaks, even money in the Kentucky Oaks and 1-to-20 in the Mother Goose. Her four graded stakes wins have come by a combined margin of 31 lengths.
Asmussen said taking on 3-year-old males is an option for Untapable. She clearly is the best 3-year-old filly at the halfway point in the racing season, and she has accomplished as much in 2014 as any 3-year-old not named California Chrome.
The Haskell Invitational Stakes on July 27 at Monmouth Park would be a logical opportunity to test her against males.
“There’s definitely the thought of running her against the boys,” Asmussen said. “It will be an interesting conversation with [owner] Ron [Winchell] after today’s win. She’ll ship up to Saratoga [Race Course] to train on Monday. [The Coaching Club American Oaks] is a very lucrative race that is there, but I don’t want to speak for Ron at this point. We’re aware that [the Haskell] is there and the timing is excellent. It’s nice to have a horse like her because you can consider races as good as these.”
Princess Violet held off a late rally from America to take second by a neck in the 5-horse field.
Untapable is out of Grade 2 winner Fun House, by Prized. A Kentucky-bred, she is a half-sister (same dam [mother], different sire [father]) to Grade 1 winner Paddy O’Prado. She improved to six wins in eight career starts and boosted her lifetime earnings to $1,304,725 with the $180,000 winner’s share of the Mother Goose purse.
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