09/24/2017 9:42PM

Untrapped's Oklahoma Derby win gives trainer, jockey great day


OKLAHOMA CITY - Untrapped capped a memorable afternoon for Steve Asmussen and Ricardo Santana Jr. on Sunday when he gave the trainer-jockey team their fourth stakes win on the day in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby.

Untrapped won by 1 3/4 lengths over favorite Battle of Midway, while it was another 3 1/4 lengths to Gato Del Oro in third.

The Oklahoma Derby was the richest race on a card of 10 stakes worth more than $1.3 million. Champagne Room, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2016, made an appearance on the program and won her first race since February in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks.

The Oklahoma Derby was a breakthrough race for Untrapped, who entered off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Indiana Derby. The Indiana Derby was the fifth graded stakes he had run second or third in his year. They included the Risen Star, Rebel, and Ohio Derby.

“I’m just very satisfied that he beat these horses that he’s been running with all year,” Asmussen said. “What a great group they had assembled. We always felt he belonged with them and today was his turn.”

The field for the Oklahoma Derby also included Girvin, the winner of the Haskell in July who finished fifth Sunday, and Colonelsdarktemper, the winner of the West Virginia Derby who was fourth in the Oklahoma Derby. 

Untrapped ($24.60) settled just off the pace along the rail as Gato Del Oro set fractions of 23.90 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.54 for the half-mile and 1:11.45 for six furlongs, pressured along by B Squared. Untrapped rode the rail around the final turn, was angled out in the stretch by jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and ran down leader Battle of Midway in the later stages to win the 1 1/8-mile race on a fast track in 1:48.62.

It was the first Oklahoma Derby win for Asmussen, as well as Santana.

“You know, Steve is not just a trainer; he's not just my trainer,” Santana said, “but he's my family. That meant a lot."

Mike Langford owns Untrapped and the win was a gratifying one for the owner based in Arkansas. It was also his first win in the Oklahoma Derby.

“Unreal,” Langford said. “It was the best moment in horse racing in my life.”

The win was the richest career victory for Langford, a longtime owner who has raced $1.5 million earner Jonesboro and millionaire Carve.

Asmussen said plans for Untrapped are to be determined. He said this race had been the target for the horse for some time, and that at this point, he was going to savor the win.

Untrapped earned $239,847 for his win in the Oklahoma Derby. He has now won two of 10 starts and has career earnings of $601,755. Untrapped is a son of Trappe Shot and was bred in Kentucky by Indian Creek and Jonathan Sheppard.

The Oklahoma Derby was the third leg of an all stakes pick four on races 9-12. The fifty-cent wager returned $87.15. There was a guaranteed pool of $100,000 and the final pool was $186,975. The winning numbers were 1-8-5-5.

Asmussen and Santana's other stakes wins on Sunday were Golden Mischief ($5.40) in the $50,000 Flashy Lady; Turbo Street ($8.40) in the $100,000 Remington Green, and Iron Fist ($4.20) in the $175,000 Governor's Cup.