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Untapable proves unbeatable in $1 million Kentucky Oaks


Friday, May 02, 2014 |
Untapable swept to the lead at the head of the Churchill Downs stretch en route to a rousing four-length victory in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1). The victory was the third straight for the Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred daughter of Tapit, and her first in a Grade 1 stakes.

Bet down to the even money favorite, Untapable was never far off the pace after breaking from the far outside in the field of 12 3-year-old fillies. Rosie Napravnik had a strong hold on her mount down the backside and into the far turn, cutting her loose to engage My Miss Sophia as they approached the head of the stretch.

Untapable easily took command straightening for home, and drew away comfortably under Napravnik's urging. The final time for the nine furlongs was 1:48.68, just a little more than a second off the track record. She earned a life-time best Beyer Speed Figure of 107 for the stellar effort.

“It is just a great feeling. I am so thankful for (trainer) Steve (Asmussen) and for the Winchells having me on the filly,” said Napravnik. “They have done such a great job. They take their time with this filly and she is just maturing. She is moving forward all the time and she was perfect today.

“She broke so sharp. She was standing perfect in the gate, she broke sharp, we got the perfect position. She gets into a great stride and she relaxed so nicely, better than you can ask any horse to do, and just showed exactly who she is down the lane.”

Untapable has now won five of her seven lifetime outings, including four graded stakes, and has banked $1,124,725. She is out of the Grade 2 Buena Vista H. winner Fun House and is a half-sister to Grade 1 Secretariat S. winner Paddy O'Prado.

Untapable is the seventh millionaire sired by Tapit and is his leading earner of 2014. Currently the nation's leading sire, Tapit is the only North American sire with at least two Grade 1 winners. His progeny have earned nearly $5 million to date, more than $2 million than his closest pursuer.