05/03/2014 8:22AM

Untapable unlikely to go in Preakness

Debra A. Roma
Untapable, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, wins the Kentucky Oaks by 4 1/2 lengths as the even-money favorite Friday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Untapable came out of her impressive Kentucky Oaks romp in fine fashion and will remain at Churchill Downs with the rest of the Steve Asmussen stable before heading to Saratoga in early July.

Asmussen was noncommittal about a next start for Untapable, who came within 0.04 seconds of a stakes record when completing the 1 1/8-mile Oaks in 1:48.68. Her 4 1/2-length triumph Friday in the filly classic equated to a 107 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest of her seven-race career.

Asmussen said there is virtually no chance that Untapable will be considered for a run against male rivals in the May 17 Preakness, as was done five years ago, when Rachel Alexandra wheeled back to win at Pimlico just 15 days after the Oaks. That was the first race for Rachel Alexandra after the filly was privately purchased by a partnership headed by the late Jess Jackson and turned over to Asmussen.

Asmussen said Saturday morning that he and Untapable’s owner-breeder, Ron Winchell of Winchell Thoroughbreds, are pinning their Preakness hopes on their Kentucky Derby starter, Tapiture, and that a Derby upset by the colt would render moot any talk of running their filly in the Preakness.

Untapable gave jockey Rosie Napravnik her second Oaks win.  Napravnik became the first female jockey to win the race when guiding Believe You Can to victory in 2012.

Meanwhile, jockey Javier Castellano said the Oaks runner-up, My Miss Sophia, “could not have run any better, I don’t think,” as she finished six lengths ahead of third-place finisher Unbridled Forever.

“She tried really, really hard,” Castellano said. “I was very proud of her.”

My Miss Sophia and her Todd Pletcher-trained stablemate, Got Lucky, will return to New York shortly after Derby Weekend and resume training later in the week at Belmont Park. Got Lucky was no threat when seventh.

Empress of Midway, who was scratched at the gate after acting up badly and temporarily becoming cast, sustained only superficial cuts and should be able to return to training and racing shortly, said trainer Doug O’Neill.

Attendance Friday was 113,071, the third-highest in event history.