07/24/2014 1:47PM

Haskell: Untapable draws post 7, starts at 2-1

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Barbara D. Livingston
Untapable will start Sunday from post 7 as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Officially, Saturday is Ladies’ Day at Monmouth Park, but many in attendance on Sunday will be looking for the festivities to carry over in spirit to that day when Rosie Napravnik will be reunited with the nation’s top 3-year-old filly, Untapable, in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.

Post positions for the $1 million Haskell were drawn Thursday, with Untapable getting post 7 in the nine-horse field and being established as the 2-1 morning-line favorite by oddsmaker Brad Thomas. Napravnik is 5 for 6 on Untapable but had to miss the Kentucky Oaks winner’s most recent start, a 9 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1 Mother Goose, when she was rehabbing an injured shoulder.

“Rosie and Untapable have had a lot of success together,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “They get along very well.”

Untapable, owned by Ron Winchell, will receive a five-pound sex allowance and carry 115 in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell. Her rivals all will carry 118 pounds under the allowance conditions of the race.

Only two fillies have won the Haskell since it was first run in 1968: Hall of Famer Serena’s Song, for D. Wayne Lukas in 1995, and Hall of Famer-to-be Rachel Alexandra, for Asmussen in 2009.

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Shipping in to take on Untapable are Albano, to be ridden by Kerwin Clark; Bayern, Martin Garcia; Medal Count, Robby Albarado; Social Inclusion, Edgar Prado; and Wildcat Red, Luis Saez.

The Monmouth Park-based home team is comprised of the top three finishers from the Long Branch Stakes: Irish You Well, Jose Lezcano; Just Call Kenny, Joe Bravo; and Encryption, Monmouth’s runaway leading rider Paco Lopez.

** Bayern will be trainer Bob Baffert’s Haskell starter. Baffert has won the Haskell a record six times, including three straight from 2010-12. Todd Pletcher and the late trainers Sonny Hine and Jimmy Croll are second with three Haskell wins each.

Bayern comes into the Haskell off a 7 1/2-length win in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens at seven furlongs. The 107 Beyer Speed Figure he earned is tied for third-highest by a 3-year-old this year. Bayern has yet to win beyond a mile, however. He will start from post 2 and is the 5-2 second choice.

“We’re going to give him one more try going two turns and see if he can handle it,” Baffert said. “We are looking at the King’s Bishop after this.”

The seven-furlong King’s Bishop will be run Aug. 23 at Saratoga.

**Albano got back on track for trainer Larry Jones with a 6 1/2-length win in the Grade 3 Pegasus, the main local prep for the Haskell. He is the third choice at 6-1 and drew post 3.

** Medal Count comes into the Haskell off an excellent third in the Belmont Stakes for trainer Dale Romans. He is 8-1 on the line and will start from the outside gate.

** After starting his career with two galloping wins, Social Inclusion has finished third in his last three: the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, Preakness Stakes, and Woody Stephens. Trained by Manny Azpurua, he is 8-1 and has post 6.

** Wildcat Red has won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and Grade 3 Hutcheson and missed by a neck to Constitution in the Florida Derby this year for trainer Jose Garoffalo. He is 10-1 and will start from post 8.

** Irish You Well (12-1) has post 4 for trainer Wayne Catalano, who currently is hospitalized with pneumonia near Arlington Park; Just Call Kenny (10-1) is in post 5 for Patrick McBurney; and Encryption (20-1) drew post 1 for Kelly Breen.

R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
Untapable is on top of her generation at the moment, but why pick the Haskell to try against males ?. That race come up so tough this year that even if she wins, she will be knock out for the rest of the year. Rachel Alexandra beat a weak field that year, and then tackle older horses and was life and death to win that race, but was never the same after that. They have so many prestigious races against filly to chose, and she would be 3/5 in every one of it.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
Summer Bird only won the Belmont, Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup. Weak I guess is a relative term.
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
Timing is everything......And she will be 3-5 or close to it in here too......Not sure where all these great horses you see are.......Albano is 3rd choice and he's a decent allowance type horse
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Bayern wire to wire!!!
Vincent Spathanas More than 1 year ago
As long as Bayern and Social Inclusion don't duel on the lead and set sizzling fractions, you maybe correct...
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
I don't think they will send social inclusion. I think they will lay 1/2 length to a length off of bayern. Wildcat red is my concern. He could force all 3 into a duel if he wants
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
if you have watched Monmouth this year the speed has been awful.....Longshot after longshot have been picking off the speed.....They will probably have the track souped up like they always do on big days though
edb More than 1 year ago
Nice field and should be a great race. Alot of different angles in this race. Lots of early speed just about guarantees an honest pace. Medal Count and Untapable are nice closers. It is a wonderful mix. I really like Wildcat Red as a solid pick with nice odds. And of course the distance challenged Bayern and especially Social Inclusion who seems to like 3rd place. I can't overlook live longshots Irish You Well and Just Call Kenny with a nice race over the track. So with that being said, I like a backwheel of Untapable and an all/ Untapable/ Medal Count tri.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
come on you big shot handicappers , who's your lock?
Holdouts More than 1 year ago
Since you don't even mention Medal Count as a contender (who helped me cash $1 trifecta bet in Belmont for $3400) I am going to put the farm on him.
DRFDunleavy More than 1 year ago
My error on Medal Count.. Somehow deleted him. Have added him back in.
Holdouts More than 1 year ago
Thanks. I will take 8-1. This should be a good betting race. The filly picked a tough bunch for her first vs males.
mike More than 1 year ago
She's a very good filly,but like WCR for the win.
Brian Taylor More than 1 year ago
All the early speed in this race could set it up nicely for a closer like Untapable
Holdouts More than 1 year ago
or Medal Count