Photo: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography
This year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is shaping up as a most intriguing affair. Many of the top contenders have truly done nothing wrong in their short careers. With all of this unfettered potential coming together on the square at Santa Anita, the race for young distaffers could prove one of the most contentious, if not exciting, of the two day smorgasbord that is the World Championships. With many interesting options to choose from, one filly that must not be ignored is the undefeated daughter of Tapit, Untapable.
Owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, and trained by Steve Asmussen, it all began for Untapable when she was sent off as the 5-2 second choice in a field of seven, maiden juvenile fillies on June 20 at Churchill Downs. She went right to the lead that day under rider, Rosie Napravnik. Despite being pressed while on the rail through solid fractions, she was able to finish in a solid :18.57 in the final three-sixteenths to handily hold off her competition in a snappy 1:04.35 for the 5 ½ furlongs.
Pointed right for a graded stakes in her next start, she was shipped to Upstate New York for a start in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes. Untapable was working well at the Spa, but was a no go on race day after suffering from a touch of colic. Her plans may have changed, but her well intentions did not.
Out of the classy Prized mare, Fun House, she headed back to Louisville for a new goal. Untapable was sent off as the 5-1 third choice in a field of eight in last month’s Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes. It resulted in a performance that is even better than it looks on paper.
Untapable had anything but a simple go at things in the Pocahontas. She battled her pilot, Rosie Napravnik, as she was held back in fourth early in the 1 1/16 miles test. The second-time starter looked less than cool and collected early on the backstretch, as she thrashed her head around noticeably, before her talented jockey was able to settle her down. From there, Untapable waited down on the rail until the opportunity to swing out for the drive presented itself; problem was, the 8-5 favorite, Stonetastic was already in full flight towards the wire.
Digging in impressively, Untapable found another gear late and surged right on by to win by a half-length on the wire. It should be noted that her final time of 1:44.38, was more than a second and a fifth faster than the boys ran in the Iroquois in the very next race. The Breeders’ Cup became the obvious next step, and this morning she had her first workout at Santa Anita. BC Day promises to be another major test for Paddy O’Prado’s little half sister.
Among the top competition expected for Untapable in the Juvenile Fillies includes: grade 1 winners in New York, Sweet Reason and Artemis Agrotera, a talented pair from the Bob Baffert barn, Secret Compass and Fascinating, the speedy She’s A Tiger, Florida hotshot, Scandalous Act, and possibly the highly regarded, My Conquestadory, if her connections decide to go dirt.