In the second biggest horse race of the weekend, Untapable broke away from the field to earn a first-place finish at the 2014 Kentucky Oaks.
Despite coming from the outside post, jockey Rosie Napravnik kept her horse near the front for the majority of the race. She was then able to pull away on the final stretch to pull ahead and win the race, proving to be the best Filly in the competition.
BREAKING: Untapable wins the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks. Rosie Napravnik was aboard.— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 2, 2014
Americas Best Racing had Steve Asmussen's thoughts on Untapable's win:
Asmussen: "This proves what a great a mare Untapable is. I'm proud to be a part of her ... Under the circumstances it couldn't mean more."— Americas Best Racing (@ABRLive) May 2, 2014
This turned out to be the second-fastest run ever at the Kentucky Oaks, finishing in a time of one minute and 48.68 seconds.
My Miss Sophia also had a strong performance to finish in second place while Unbridled Forever came through with a third-place showing.
Here is a full look at the results with payouts from the prestigious race:
|2||My Miss Sophia||11||-||$4.20||$4.40|
via NBC Sports Broadcast
Untapable entered the race as the overwhelming favorite after impressive showings throughout the season. Before the race, Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia explained to Steve Jones of The Courier-Journal:
She's a standout. She's as good as the colts this year, I think. I knew she drew the outside, but I really don't think it'll matter at a mile and a eighth. … Plus, she's handled this track already. … Her last two races, she ran faster than the colts in Louisiana on the same day. Right now, she's in a class by herself, to me.
Obviously, she lived up to expectations with an impressive showing at the Kentucky Oaks. Napravnik—who won this event for the second year in a row—seemed confident the entire time:
Rosie Napravnik on #kyoaks winner Untapable: "We got into a great position. She runs her best when she can get into a great stride."— Jonathan Lintner (@JonathanLintner) May 2, 2014
Not too far behind was My Miss Sophia, which was simply overmatched at the end. Still, she had a strong race, as noted by Brian Monzo of WFAN:
As good as Untapable was, My Miss Sophia was very impressive in her place run.— Brian Monzo (@BMonzoWFAN) May 2, 2014
Robby Albarado then helped Unbridled Forever finish in third place as a relative long shot. In fact, this turned out to be the best payout of all the top-three horses. Here is a full look at the results from the race:
|2||My Miss Sophia||11||4 1/2|
|3||Unbridled Forever||9||10 1/2|
|5||Thank You Marylou||5||12 1/2|
|6||Ria Antonia||2||15 3/4|
|7||Got Lucky||12||19 1/2|
|8||Sugar Shock||3||22 3/4|
|9||Aurelia's Belle||8||24 1/4|
|10||Please Explain||1||24 1/4|
|11||Fashion Plate||7||29 3/4|
|12||Kiss Moon||6||31 1/2|
|13||Empress of Midway||10||Scratched|
via NBC Sports Broadcast
The start of the race was a bit delayed after Empress of Midway was scratched seconds before the starting gun. Ray Paulick of the Paulick Report described the incident:
Empress of Midway flipped in starting gate before start of #KyOaks. She was freed quickly by gate crew but scratched. Slight delay.— Ray Paulick (@raypaulick) May 2, 2014
This caused the rest of the field to leave their gates and then repost. Fortunately, it did not seem to affect Untapable, who still ran the race of her life to earn a win.
The attention now shifts to the Kentucky Derby slated for Saturday night. According to OddsShark, California Chrome enters the race as the overwhelming favorite after winning his last five races. However, other contenders like Wicked Strong and Danza should provide a challenge.
Napravnik will also try to repeat her performance on top of Vicar's In Trouble in the first leg of the Triple Crown.
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