06/16/2014 8:57AM

Velazquez to ride Untapable in Mother Goose

Barbara D. Livingston
Untapable, here winning the Kentucky Oaks, worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 at Churchill Downs on Monday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez has been named by trainer Steve Asmussen as the replacement for injured Rosie Napravnik on Untapable in the upcoming Mother Goose Stakes, a Grade 1 race for which the star filly made further preparations early Monday when breezing five furlongs in company in 1:01.20 over a fast Churchill Downs surface.

The mount came open after Napravnik suffered a mildly separated shoulder in a training accident here Sunday morning and was pronounced out of action for four to six weeks. Napravnik, 26, was working a 4-year-old filly named Socialbug, who suffered a catastrophic injury to her right foreleg and had to be euthanized. Napravnik has been aboard Untapable for all but one of her seven career starts, including a 4 1/2-length score in the May 2 Oaks.

The Monday work was the penultimate breeze for Untapable before she runs June 28 in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose, a 1 1/16-mile, one-turn race at Belmont Park in New York. Asmussen had said last week he would consider shipping the filly to Belmont for her final work early next week but on Monday said he most likely will keep her at Churchill Downs to train.

"She’s in a really good place and I’m hesitant to change anything up," he said.

Asumussen pointed out that he trained Rachel Alexandra at Churchill Downs prior to the 2009 Mother Goose. Rachel Alexandra set a stakes record of 1:46.33 for 1 1/8 miles, which was the distance of the Mother Goose then.

On a warm morning, Untapable and exercise rider Angel Garcia spotted Wizardly, a 3-year-old colt, about two lengths when breaking off at the five-furlong pole to start the Monday work. According to Churchill clocker John Nichols, the pair proceeded through splits of 25 and 37.20 seconds, with Untapable about two lengths ahead crossing under the wire in 1:01.20. Through the clubhouse turn, she maintained her lengthy stride while getting farther ahead, going out six furlongs in 1:13.60 and seven furlongs in 1:28.

“Beautiful,” said Asmussen. “She looks really good and we’re very happy with her. That’s why we’ll probably just stay here for her last work before sending her up. She’s just doing so well.”

Untapable, by Tapit, has emerged as the undisputed leader of the 3-year-old filly division in North America. After the Mother Goose, Asmussen has set a tentative race schedule of Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama, and Cotillion leading up to the Oct. 31 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita.

Twenty fillies are nominated to the Mother Goose, including five trained by Todd Pletcher and three by Dale Romans. Entries will be taken June 25.


Lee Jey More than 1 year ago
I still believe this filly is the best 3yo in the land. Each year we go to Saratoga the first Sunday of the meet and it would be just grand to see her there in the CCAO. She is the real deal.
L. More than 1 year ago
She might be, but she'll have to do better than her 1 GI win. I like this filly, make no mistake but I won't consider her the best in the country until she does more.
Rickey Cooper More than 1 year ago
Don't forget that the filly who ran second to Untapable in the Oaks ran 7th in the Acorn on Bel mont day.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
What does that prove except that Untapable is light years ahead of her competition? What you are insinuating is that there MUST be a viable contender in a specific race for the winner to be vindicated? Untapable could have ran mostly every colt that has been in any of the triple crown races into the ground.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
One will be I the race just to mug untapable
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Such a lousy break for Rosie! She rode a superstar ride in the Kentucky Oaks... - RAMMER
Jim Lazar More than 1 year ago
5 nominated by TP. Getting old!!
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
As tremendous as this filly is, it may be a mistake not breezing her over Belmont surface. Even with JV.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Untapable is so much better than any other 3 year old this year including 99% of the boys!!! - RAMMER
L. More than 1 year ago
Not in my book. She's only got 1 GI win. She'll have to do more before I consider her the best 3yo.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
If he wrangles her, she'll spit the bit. Soft hands do better here...
L. More than 1 year ago
I hate to say it but I won't play her in the BC since she doesn't like that track. She's a different horse then last year true, but she floundered over Santa Anita last year so I can't see that changing this year.
Thomas Mcdonald More than 1 year ago
Don't forget that Santa Anita is replacing their track.
L. More than 1 year ago
It won't matter if they replace the track., East Coast horses seldom do well on that track for some reason. They'd run well at Hollywood but not Santa Anita. They've had 5 surfaces since 2001 and it didn't matter. I'm betting several of the east coast horses won't ship this year.
Thomas More than 1 year ago
The lack of LASIK was the cause
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
true, she couldn't see the track without it ;-)
L. More than 1 year ago
The lack of Lasix was ONLY in the 2yo races.
Rickey Cooper More than 1 year ago
She was 2 when she ran in the breeders cup.
Rickey Cooper More than 1 year ago
She was 2 when she raced at Santa Anita.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone likes J- V great rider class act .
hialeah More than 1 year ago
May the Best Filly Win!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Valesquez rides, you can bet it will be fixed. Track owners love him cause he "cooperates". Smh.
gary Potter More than 1 year ago
really? what a dumb post.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should stop playing horses if you believe what you posted so Dumb
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadly, human nature enjoys being deceived. All you mutants who think that the Belmont was on the level, keep up your delusionary perceptions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well said my brother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love you, man. It was like beyond pathetically absurd! Like this, uh, forum. See you at the windows -- NOT!
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
you think it was fixed because you only play odds on favorites and have no idea when they're a good bet against. The Belmont is a good case. For two weeks before the Belmont I said Tonalist would win and Medal Count would be second or third. Doesn't always work out, but this one did. My style of handicapping pointed that out to me and it was a race that Chrome was very unlikely to win and maybe even be off the board. But you head up to the window to put your money on the odds on favorite thinking the lower the odds the more likely the win. Not really, and not in this case.
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Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
So sorry, I didn't know I was dealing with someone who was mentally challenged.
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
By the way, it's but unless you laughed so hard you fell on your butt, capisce? Again, sorry, shouldn't pick on someone with your mental condition, so I can understand spelling might be a problem.
John Pisiona More than 1 year ago
The only racing fans that can post such a ridiculous statement, are those who wager and lose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John. Fyi i dont wager on horse racing at all. You cant lose when you dont wager. Why did you assume i wagered and lost?
robert bertz More than 1 year ago
you are a liar. You were complaining earlier the year about losing a trifecta at Gulfstream when a horse broke down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have an excellent memory. Glad you pay attention to me.
Thomas More than 1 year ago
You are an idiot.....thank you
Charles Nelson More than 1 year ago
insane statement, you should be banned from posting.. maybe youi need test barn.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should be banned?? What about the track officials? Why not ban them?
Mike Reinhardt More than 1 year ago
They might actually have something of importance to say. You clearly don't.
darylsteen More than 1 year ago
Has "Anonymous" ever said anything intelligent ?
mike More than 1 year ago
Not in this century. lol
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Has ANY anonymous ever said anything intelligent? It is why they remain anonymous.