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Untapable Heavy Favorite in Kentucky Oaks

4/29/2014

Untapable, who has won her two starts in 2014 by a combined 17 1/4 lengths, is the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 13 entered in Friday’s Longines Kentucky Oaks.

Untapable, undefeated in two starts at Churchill Downs, is trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, both of whom have Oaks victories on their resumes. Asmussen saddled 2005 winner Summerly, and Napravnik was aboard Believe You Can, winner in 2012.

Untapable will break from the far outside post 13.

Second choice on the morning line at 6-1 is Fashion Plate, trained by Simon Callaghan.

Fashion Plate has won her past three starts, with the most recent two coming in the Las Virgenes and Santa Anita Oaks with Gary Stevens aboard. Stevens, who won the Kentucky Oaks in 1986 on Tiffany Lass and in 1999 on Silverbulletday, will exit post 7 on Fashion Plate.

Todd Pletcher, a three-time Oaks-winning trainer – including the 2013 edition, will send out two starters: My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky, next to each other in posts 11 and 12.

My Miss Sophia is undefeated in three starts. In her most recent outing, she won the Gazelle at Aqueduct in her stakes debut. Javier Castellano has the mount.

Got Lucky finished second in the Gazelle in her most recent start and will run under John Velazquez.

Pletcher will be trying to become the first trainer since D. Wayne Lukas in 1989-90 (Open Mind and Seaside Attraction) to win the Oaks in consecutive years. He saddled Princess of Sylmar to victory last year. Pletcher won the Oaks in 2004 with Ashado, recently named to be inducting in the Racing Hall of Fame, and in 2007 with Rags to Riches.

Bob Baffert, a two-time Oaks-winning trainer, will send out Ria Antonia, a very large filly. Runner-up in the Saint Anita Oaks in her most recent start, Ria Antonia will break from post 2 and be ridden by Mike Smith, who rode Princess of Sylmar last year.

Baffert has previously won the Oaks with Plum Pretty in 2011 and Silverbulletday in 1999.

Seeking a second Oaks victory is trainer Dallas Stewart, who had Lemons Forever in 2006, with Lemons Forever’s daughter Unbridled Forever. Robby Albarado has the mount and will break from post 9.

Also pursuing a second Oaks victory is Calvin Borel, who was aboard Rachel Alexandra in her 20 1/4-length tour de force in 2009. Borel rides Sugar Shock, who will exit post 3 for trainer Doug Anderson.

The $1,000,000, 1 1/8-mile Oaks, to be contested at 1 1/8 miles on the main track and worth $570,400 to the winner, highlights a 12-race program that includes five other stakes. First post time is 10:30 a.m. ET with the Oaks going as the 11th race at 5:49 p.m.

The 140th Kentucky Oaks – the Kentucky Derby’s sister race – is the nation’s oldest annually run and most lucrative race for 3-year-old fillies. The winner receives a silver trophy plus an estimated $564,200 payday and a garland of pink lilies, first awarded in 1991. Preference to start is given to fillies that earned the most points in 30 designated races that comprise the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks.”

The weather forecast for Friday calls for temperatures in the low 60’s with a 10 percent chance of rain.

The Oaks will be televised nationally from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

Edited Churchill Downs release with additional content by Dick Downey


140th KENTUCKY OAKS
Friday, Race 11
Purse: $1,000,000
Post Time: 5:45 ET
Distance: 1 1/8 Mile
Surface: Dirt
NBC Sports Network 4:00-6:00 ET; HRRN 3:00-6:00 ET

Post Horse ML Jockey Trainer Foal Date Dosage
             
 1 Please Explain (KY)  50-1 Jose Lezcano Tom Proctor April 11  6-6-12-0-0 (24) 3.00
 2 Ria Antonia (KY)  10-1 Mike Smith Bob Baffert April 4  4-7-7-0-0 (18) 4.14
 3 Sugar Shock (KY)  12-1 Calvin Borel Doug Anderson March 22  4-5-6-1-0 (16) 3.00
 4 Rosalind (KY)  8-1 Joel Rosario Ken McPeek April 13  8-8-14-2-2 (34) 2.09
 5 Thank You Marylou (VA)  30-1  Julien Leparoux Mike Maker Jan. 26  4-4-2-0-0 (10) 9.00
 6 Kiss Moon (KY)  30-1 Victor Espinoza David Vance April 7  7-6-17-1-1 (32) 2.05
 7 Fashion Plate (KY)  6-1 Gary Stevens Simon Callaghan April 15  4-4-4-0-0 (12) 5.00
 8 Aurelia's Belle (KY)  50-1 Channing Hill Wayne Catalano Feb. 26  11-5-22-4-0 (42) 1.80
 9 Unbridled Forever (KY)  12-1 Robby Albarado Dallas Stewart April 23  8-9-9-2-2 (30) 2.53
 10 Empress of Midway (KY)  50-1 Corey Nakatani Doug O'Neill March 1  18-10-12-0-2 (42) 4.25
 11 My Miss Sophia (KY)  8-1 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Feb. 28  6-10-8-0-2 (26) 3.33
 12 Got Lucky (KY)  20-1 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher April 3  11-11-20-0-0 (42) 3.20
 13 Untapable (KY)  4-5 Rosie Napravnik Steve Asmussen Feb. 13  4-5-8-1-0 (18) 2.60


 

 

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