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Favored Untapable Romps in 140th Running of Grade I Longines Kentucky Oaks in Front of 113,071
Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC's Untapable cruised to a 4 ½-length victory over My Miss Sophia to win the 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 113,071. The attendance was the third largest in Oaks history.
Untapable, now undefeated in three starts in 2014, gave jockey Rosie Napravnik and trainer Steve Asmussen their second victories in the Kentucky Oaks.
Napravnik became the first female jockey to win the Oaks in 2012 on Believe You Can. Asmussen's previous victory came in 2005 with Summerly, who was owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds.
Sugar Shock led the field through early fractions of :23.67 and :47.80 while being tracked by My Miss Sophia with Untapable in third.
On the far turn, My Miss Sophia took over from Sugar Shock, but was quickly joined by Untapable, who gained the lead at the head of the lane and drew off.
The Kentucky-bred daughter of Tapit out of the Prized mare Fun House completed the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:48.68, just four hundreths off the stakes mark of 1:48.64 established in 2003 by Bird Town.
The victory was worth $576,600 and boosted Untapable's earnings to $1,124,725 with a record of 7-5-0-1.
Untapable rewarded her backers with mutuels of $4, $3.20 and $2.60. My Miss Sophia returned $4.20 and $4.40 with Unbridled Forever, ridden by Robby Albarado, finishing another six lengths back in third and paying $6 to show.
Rosalind fourth and was followed in order by Thank You Marylou, Ria Antonia, Got Lucky, Sugar Shock, Aurelia's Belle, Please Explain, Fashion Plate and Kiss Moon. The field was reduced to 12 when Empress of Midway flipped in the starting gate and was scratched.
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