Kentucky Oaks favorite Untapable takes on 12 from outside post

awincze@herald-leader.comApril 29, 2014 

  • Kentucky Oaks

    THE RACE

    When: 5:49 p.m. Friday

    Where: Churchill Downs

    Distance: 11⁄8 miles

    Purse: $1 million (Grade I)

    For: 3-year-old fillies

    TV: NBC Sports Network

    THE FIELD

    No. Horse Jockey Odds

    1 Please Explain Lezcano 50-1

    2 Ria Antonia Smith 10-1

    3 Sugar Shock Borel 12-1

    4 Rosalind Rosario 8-1

    5Thank You MarylouLeparoux 30-1

    6 Kiss Moon Espinoza 30-1

    7 Fashion Plate Stevens 6-1

    8 Aurelia's Belle Hill 50-1

    9 Unbridled Forever Albarado 12-1

    10Empress of MidwayNakatani 50-1

    11 My Miss SophiaCastellano8-1

    12 Got LuckyVelazquez20-1

    13 Untapable Napravnik 4-5

LOUISVILLE — Winchell Thoroughbreds' multiple graded stakes winner Untapable will have to overcome the outside post No. 13 if the daughter of Tapit is to deliver the triumph many expect of her in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks.

The winner of the Grade III Rachel Alexandra and Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks was deemed the 4-5 favorite over a dozen other challengers entered in the 11⁄8-mile sister race to the Kentucky Derby.

Untapable has not been challenged in her two stakes victories this year, winning by a combined 163/4 lengths while defeating the likes of fellow Oaks entrants Got Lucky and Unbridled Forever along the way.

"She trained so well at the Fair Grounds and her races were just tremendous," trainer Steve Asmussen said of Untapable. "With her, I think just trying to keep her on the ground and hold what we've got. She's a tremendous talent."

Untapable will be ridden in the Oaks by Rosie Napravnik. Napravnik became the first female rider to win the Oaks when she guided Believe You Can to victory in the 2012 edition of the race.

Second choice on the morning line at 6-1 is Fashion Plate, winner of both the Grade I Las Virgenes and Grade I Santa Anita Oaks this year for trainer Simon Callaghan.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia will break from post No. 2 and be ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith.

Alicia Wincze Hughes: (859) 231-1676. Blog: horseracing.bloginky.com. Twitter: @horseracinghl.

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