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Untapable could give Winchell birthday present in FG Oaks

  • Untapable stamped herself as Fair Grounds' leading filly (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Winchell Thoroughbreds' Untapable looked like a winner as soon as the field of sophomore fillies entered the stretch in Saturday's Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra, and all the Steve Asmussen pupil did the rest of the way was increase her advantage.

"Yes, we thought she ran a great race," said Winchell Thoroughbreds' farm manager David Fiske on Sunday morning, speaking over the phone from the Kentucky farm. "We were very pleased."

As the local oval's final tune-up for the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks March 29, the next question was whether the handsome daughter of Tapit would remain at Fair Grounds for the local Oaks and put herself in the position to become the sixth Fair Grounds Oaks winner out of the last 10 to go on to victory in the Kentucky Oaks later in this spring on the day before the Kentucky Derby.

"Yes, I would think we'll be pointing her to the Fair Grounds Oaks," Fiske said, "assuming everything continues to go right with her between now and then. In fact, the Fair Grounds Oaks is on March 29, and that's Ron Winchell's birthday."

Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings' Rachel Alexandra runner-up Got Lucky also came out of Saturday's test without problems, according to Pletcher assistant Ginny DePasquale.

"She was doing fine this morning when she left at about 4 a.m.," DePasquale said.

Connie Apostelos' Shanon Nicole, third in the Rachel Alexandra for Maker, also came out of the race in good order, according to Sharp on Sunday morning.

"I thought our filly ran great, but, of course, Steve's filly was really impressive," he added by way of complimenting Untapable.

Loooch Racing et al.'s Ria Antonia, fourth in the Rachel Alexandra, was also in fine fettle Sunday morning, according to trainer Jeremiah Englehart's assistant Elizabeth Dobles.

"She's fine this morning," Dobles said. "I definitely think she needed that race yesterday. I would certainly hope we'll be sticking around for the next round with her."

Would that be in the Fair Grounds Oaks, or a start against the boys in the Louisiana Derby?

"I think they will be making a decision in a couple of days about that," Dobles said.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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