Untapable Cruises to Victory in Longines Kentucky Oaks 140
Added on: May 6, 2014
Untapable cruised to victory on Friday giving rider Rosie Napravnik her second Oaks victory in three years after sailing past second place My Miss Sophia in the 140th Oaks at Churchill Downs. She made a timely charge and won by a 4 ½ length in front of a 113,071 strong crowd – the third largest ever attendance recorded in the history of the Oaks.
Speaking about her win on Friday was Napravnik said, “We got the first half completed, so we're moving on to the second half of the double.” She then went on to say, “We got into a great position. She runs her best when she can get into a great stride and she relaxes so nicely. She has grown up and she is maturing. She is magnificent.”
So far in 2014, Untapable has remained unbeaten in three consecutive starts and unbeaten in her fifth victory in seven starts which gives her rider huge confidence in her quest to become the first ever female rider to win the prestigious Kentucky Derby. Untapable was the undoubted favourite who has now won the last three races by a total of almost 22 lengths combined.
Trainer Steve Asmussen, who is currently being investigated over accusations of mistreatment of animals in his care, avoided answering any questions about this issue and decided to focus on the emphatic win instead, saying simply, “The development of the filly, I think Rosie has been a key part of it.”
Towards the beginning of the race, Untapable was in third place, trailing behind second place My Miss Sophia while Sugar Shock was out in front. My Miss Sophia then went in front for a brief spell before Untapable took the lead in the final straight, pulling away to win the race in style.
Winchell Thoroughbreds racing manager David Fiske decided not to dodge any animal rights group allegations, but did quickly change the subject. Although he noted that there was ‘a little bit of distraction’ he said, “I'd be lying if I said it wasn't. ... But we thought we had the goods when we came in here and she proved us right.” This case is currently being investigated by Kentucky and New York Racing officials.
This latest victory has brought Untapable’s total career earnings to $1,124,725, with this win alone earning the team an incredible $576,600. Napravnik became the first ever female jockey to storm to victory in the Oaks in 2012 while riding Believe You Can and trainer Asmussen’s previous victory was back in 2005 with another Winchell Thoroughbreds owned horse called Summerly.