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Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Sunday, April 20
UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbred LLC’s Untapable, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) and Rachel Alexandra (GIII) at Fair Grounds, tuned up for her scheduled run in the Longines Kentucky Oaks with a sharp five-furlong work at Churchill Downs under jockey Rosie Napravnik.
The Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Tapit covered the distance in 1:00 over a fast track and her move ranked as third fastest of 51 at the distance.
Untapable was accompanied by a workmate when she entered the track at approximately 6 a.m. (EDT) with Asmussen’s second set of horses.
She covered the distance in fractional times of :12.40, :24.40 and :36.40 and hit the finish line approximately nine lengths in front of her workmate. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.60.
“It is a remedy that we’ve been using all winter is to let Rosie work her a couple of weeks out (from a race),” Asmussen said. “With how it’s been working, we wanted her to stay on the same path and it’s because of how talented she (Untapable) is. You’ve got to let her do something sometime.
“She’s a tremendously talented filly that’s traveling extremely well. There’s no denying her ability and this is more of the same. This is what we’ve seen all winter. She’s just exceptional.”
Untapable carries an unbeaten record at Churchill Downs heading into the Kentucky Oaks. She won her career debut at the track on June 20, 2013 and returned on Sept. 7 to take the Pocahontas (GII) in her next outing.
Asmussen’s filly turned in her only poor effort in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) at Santa Anita, where she finished eighth. Then she rebounded with a solid third-place run in the Hollywood Starlet (GI) and was unbeaten in her two stakes starts in 2014 at Fair Grounds.
The Winchell filly has earned $548,125 while compiling a career record of 6-4-0-1, with her victories in her two stakes races at Fair Grounds being her only starts of 2014.
Asmussen said Untapable’s final Kentucky Oaks work would be scheduled on Sunday, April 27.
Trainer Doug Anderson is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Sunday afternoon. Calvin Borel will have the mount in the Oaks.
AAWESOME BABY (No. 4) / RIA ANTONIA (No. 13) – Kaleem Shah’s Sunland Park Oaks winner Awesome Baby and Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable’s Ria Antonia are scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday from their Southern California base for trainer Bob Baffert, according to exercise rider Jorge Alvarez.
MMY MISS SOPHIA (tie-No. 5) / GOT LUCKY (No. 10) – Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings’ Got Lucky and Mathis Stable’s My Miss Sophia walked the shedrow at trainer Todd Pletcher’s barn Sunday a day after posting :48 half-mile works here.
Ginny DePasquale, assistant to Pletcher, reported both fillies came out of the works in good order.
A third Pletcher Oaks hopeful, Wertheimer and Frere’s In Tune, is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
ROOM SERVICE (No. 9) / AURELIA’s BELLE (No. 11) – Trainer Wayne Catalano’s two Kentucky Oaks hopefuls, James Miller’s Aurelia’s Belle and Gary and Mary West’s Room Service, galloped after the morning renovation break with Calamity Compton aboard both fillies.
Both fillies worked half-miles here last Wednesday.
“I didn’t want to do too much with them being it was the first work on the dirt here,” said Catalano, whose son-in-law Channing Hill will ride Aurelia’s Belle in the Oaks.
Catalano said Shaun Bridgmohan, who was aboard Room Service in her dead-heat victory in the Ashland (GI) at Keeneland in her most recent start, would have the mount should Room Service makes her dirt debut in the Oaks.
The filly galloped Sunday after the renovation break with Otto Thorwarth aboard.
Bret Calhoun trains Fiftyshadesofgold, who has had two works here since finishing second in the March 29 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). According to assistant Tom Morgan, the filly is scheduled to work again Friday.