We will never know if Untapable could have beaten California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby (as many people still believe) since she did not qualify for the big race since preps restricted for fillies don’t offer the necessary points. However, America’s top filly may soon get to show her mettle against the colts in the Haskell at Monmouth Park July 27th.
“I think she is a very special filly, and there is definitely a thought of running her against the boys,” stated trainer Steve Asmussen following her 9-1/4 length victory in the $300,000 Grade I Mother Goose Stakes against 4 other females at Belmont Park yesterday. Second betting favorite Stopcharging Maria was scratched. Ridden by John Velazquez (substituting for Rosie Napravnik who suffered a shoulder injury during a morning workout at Churchill Downs earlier this month), Untapable justified her 1-9 send-off with a effortless romp at the top of the stretch, finishing the 1-1/16 mile race in 1:41.48 to claim her 6th victory in 8 starts The daughter of Tapit out of Fun House by Prized, Untapable is 4 for 4 this year, including the Kentucky Oaks, and the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes. The only 2 losses of her career (thus far) occurred last fall when she was eased during the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and came in 3rd in the Hollywood Starlet at Santa Anita.
“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,” continued Asmussen, who, by the way won the Haskell with Rachel Alexandra in 2009. “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.”
The only mis-step in the Mother Goose came when the early leader Princess Violet suddenly angled over into Untapable’s path not far from the gate, though Velazquez was able to get her out of harm’s way quickly. Princess Violet finished 2nd.