05/03/2014 9:22AM

Untapable unlikely to go in Preakness

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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.

Brian Wolniewicz 7 months ago
She has a hole in her right front hoof wall down by her shoe, I am surprised that Steve didn't fill it with some type of filler before bringing her over to the paddock on oaks day. I have a picture to prove it.
Bob Fasching 7 months ago
This horse would have no shot against Chrome. Good call Asmussen.
Dave 7 months ago
She ran 10 Beyer points higher than Chrome this weekend. I'm not even a person who thinks Beyers are gospel but that's a big difference. Both horses had great trips. Every year people look at the Derby winner with their heart instead of their head.
sjm80s . 7 months ago
Comparing Beyers in Filly stakes and male stakes is pointless. Untapable came into the Oaks sporting back to back 3's on the Sheets. Chrome came in with a 5. She CAN run with him. Untapable was actually faster than ANY of the male horses in the Kentucky Derby. Not my opinion. The numbers dictate my statement. Thumbs down now when you don't have a clue....
Michael D 7 months ago
Hey you can take all the figures in the world and each race sets up so much different. Chrome isnt an ordinary horse he is exceptional, his last 5 races shows he is a beast no one has gotten close to him. Untapable is probably the second best three year old this year i have seen but good call let her stay with the girls now maybe later if she keeps sound take on the boys, good for her spirit to beat the girls. Just for everyone talking about how slow the derby was, it isnt the time it is how he won the same as every race he runs now no matter how fast or slow he opens up 5 or so at top of stretch and gears down. He wins with ease that is the difference. Did everyone want him to go to the front and set ridiculous fractions then try to run under 2 mins? The race set up this race CC put himself in position and Victor guided him and he did it all himself, i was impressed
Boyd Cord 7 months ago
uhh dude, what was it the 3rd slowest derby in how many years? Yes CC is the best of the 19 horses by far. and could be the best this year. But Untappable has better figures in all the speed figures services, the sheets, beyer, brisnet, thororaph.
sjm80s . 7 months ago
Untapable is fast enough to be running in the Preakness and unless she is unsound, this should have been a consideration. When the trainer comes out immediately and says she wont do it, you had better beware.
sjm80s . 7 months ago
Most of your speedballs that ran in the Derby will be on the shelf in two weeks so what happened Steve?
Mike R 7 months ago
Best thing for the filly. There is no good reason to run her in the Preakness. She is a wonderful filly and there more than enough races for fillies the rest of the year.
sjm80s . 7 months ago
Only one shot at the Preakness though. You do not come across quality fillies like her that often. You have to see what she has.
edb 7 months ago
Do you want another Unlimited Budget rerun? No filly can run with her, so why mess with success.
sjm80s . 7 months ago
Point taken. But the fact that she is with Asmussen doesn't help her chances at being around long anyway.
Michael D 7 months ago
it is obvious you dont own horses or have a clue sjm, the filly would probably run well in preakness but when and if chrome pulled away from her she would be shattered and may never be the same again. Why put undo stress on her and let her mature more and maybe the end of the year against the boys but for now she is a top filly with enormous broodmare possibilities. If i owned her i would go for filly crown and maybe against boys later and yes i own 29 horses so i understand the risk and reward
Dom Curran 7 months ago
Untapable has a history of taking unusually long stretches of time between races to recover so it would be unreasonable and stupid to wheel her back in the Preakness in 15 days.
sjm80s . 7 months ago
Dom, she took a long br4eak after BC because she bled BADLY. You cant see that and you didnt know that. She is lucky to still be racing.
sjm80s . 7 months ago
I guess you can't slip Untapable the same goods you had Rachel cranked up on because with as talented as Untapable is, no reasonable person would dismiss this idea so quickly.
Susan Robinson 7 months ago
Maybe Asmussen learned that you don't run fillies into the ground. If Rachel hadn't been switched to Asmussen, she may have had a longer career, like Zenyatta. Now the poor thing can't even be a broodmare (at least that is not Asmussen's fault).
Gary Brown 7 months ago
lol steve didnt have much say in where to spot the horse jacksons big ego wouldnt let him be upstaged by any one with that filly!!!
sjm80s . 7 months ago
I love when people give thumbs down when they dont want to hear how it is.
Michael D 7 months ago
they give thumbs down to stupid remarks, Steve knows his filly and Winchell owns her and knows her. Let them do what they think is best with the horse. You have no clue at all you see a good race and get all worked up when there can be many underlying problems, she may need more time to run her best and they may be looking at longeviity. Zenyatta was just a better horse then Rachel, Rachel was good for a minute against a very very weak group. Steve is second leading trainer of all time in races so he should know what to do and i am sure with the problems he has is letting Winchell and his managers call the shots on where to do so stop saying anyone would consider the preakness, you dont know the horse so let it be no one cares what you think
Pagani Zonda 8 months ago
Congratulations to the Filly and her Grooms.........
Hail No 8 months ago
I gotta second that :)
Hail No 8 months ago
If nothing else, also, you have to like their confidence in Tapiture, he was glowing yesterday about the horse, too..
sjm80s . 7 months ago
Tapiture wasnt in with any kind of chance and the connections knew this.
Michael D 7 months ago
another stupid comment you speak for the owners? If you are always this negative and know it all you should own some horses pass on your negativity and i am pretty sure tapiture had as much chance of any in beating chrome so why not try the derby