Untapable untouchable G1 Mother Goose
By Sean Morris | 06/28/2014 04:37 PM ET
The runaway winner of this year's Kentucky Oaks, Untapable unleashed a devastating rally on Saturday at Belmont Park to capture the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose by 9 ¼ lengths.
Trained by Steve Asmussen for Ron Winchell, Untapable entered the Mother Goose undefeated in her sophomore campaign, having captured the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra and Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks at the Fair Grounds before taking the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on May 2 at Churchill Downs. In those three starts, the 3-year-old filly's slimmest margin of victory was 4 ½ lengths, and she earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100 or higher in each race.
On Saturday, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez replaced regular rider Rosie Napravnik - who was injured in a training accident on June 15 - aboard Untapable, and Velazquez was immediately put into a precarious position when the pacesetting Princess Violet came in after the start, forcing his mount to steady.
Following the momentary trouble, Untapable settled into a nice rhythm, tracking the early pace of 23.30 seconds for an opening quarter-mile and 45.95 for a half. Entering the far turn, Velazquez shifted his mount to the outside and the Tapit filly did the rest, soaring past the early leader and coasting to an easy victory.
"I'm very pleased with her race today," said Asmussen. "I loved how quiet she was pre-race and in the paddock. She turned off right after a little trouble at the start and was pretty relaxed. She picked it up when she needed to and appeared to be looking around quite a bit in the stretch, but it was her first time [at Belmont]. All of her previous victories had been where she was training, so I think that this was a pretty good step. I think she's a very special filly."
Untapable's dominant score in the Mother Goose may lead to a showdown with males, according to the filly's trainer.
"There's definitely the thought of running her against the boys," said Asmussen. "I think that this was a very good obstacle for her, as far as shipping and running, because of how bad her Breeders' Cup was. Maturity, time, confidence, how she acted pre-race in the paddock today, all of those are steps in the right direction, and it will be an interesting conversation with [owner] Ron [Winchell] after today's win. She'll ship up to Saratoga to train on Monday. [The Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 20 at Saratoga] is a very lucrative race that is there, but I don't want to speak for Ron at this point. We're aware that [the Haskell] is there and the timing is excellent. It's nice to have a horse like her because you can consider races as good as these."
Untapable covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.48 and returned $2.10 on a $2 win bet.
Princess Violet finished a neck ahead of America in second, who was 3 ¾ lengths in front of House Rules. Aqua Regia completed the order of finish.
Stopchargingmaria was scratched.