Untapable Beats Stonetastic to Win Pocahontas
Added on: Sept. 17, 2013
Untapable was ridden by jockey Rosie Napravnik. She rode well on the inside before managing to steal a half-length victory from 8-5 favourite Stonetastic in the September 7th Grade 2 $150,000 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. This was the first point’s race on the 2013/14 Road to the Kentucky Oaks calendar.
Finishing just behind these two runners in third place was a horse called Rosalind and this early win for Untapable has already pushed her into position of point’s leader.
Speaking straight after the race about her emphatic win, Rosie Napravnik said, “She was awesome. She was a little erratic down the lane, but finally got by. She did that a little bit in her first race. I started out hitting her left-handed, then when I hit pushed her right-handed she wanted to lean-in, but I couldn't stop riding her. I wanted to get the win.”
Napravnik then added, “She's a very, very talented filly and it was a lot to ask of her… second time out, she hadn't run in a couple of months, and running two turns against winners.”
There was no stopping the Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred, which is a horse trained by Steve Asmussen and sister of Grade 1 Winner, an American Thoroughbred horse, Paddy O’Prado.
“I think she's a very special filly. That was a huge move considering she had one sprint race. We had planned on running her once at Saratoga, but it didn't work out,” said trainer Steve Asmussen. This proud trainer has now seen his second win in the Pocahontas following the success of a horse called Punch Appeal back in 2004.
He went on to say, “She's not short on ability, but definitely a little short on experience. She was pretty headstrong (on the backstretch), but about halfway down the backstretch she dropped the bridle and you could tell she was going along smooth enough. But I thought once she dropped the bridle, she didn't really know where to go after that.”
“When she finally got out in the stretch she really hesitated, and I think it was just not knowing to go and having to wait so much. When she got up to even terms (with Stonetastic) she kind of levelled back off a bit.”
Untapable is a Kentucky bred horse and this was the second of a ‘back-to-back’ win in the Pocahontas (two years in a row), after beating a horse called Sign in 2012 and this latest victory has boosted her career winnings to $128,125. The comments in this article were taken directly from the official Kentucky Derby website.