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Sep 19, 2014

Untapable brings celebrity to Cotillion Stakes


Bensalem, PA ( - Top ranked 3-year-old filly Untapable gets back to her own division on Saturday as she faces eight other fillies in Parx Racing's $1 million Cotillion Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

Untapable, trained by Steve Asmussen, will start the Cotillion from post 8 with Rosie Napravnik riding and is the 7-5 morning line favorite.

Owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, the filly ran against 3-year-old males in the Haskell Invitational nearly two months ago when she finished fifth to Bayern as the 7-5 favorite.

When facing other fillies, Untapable is undefeated this year, winning the Rachel Alexandra, Fair Grounds Oaks, Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose Stakes.

Coming into the Cotillion, Untapable has earned $1,334,725 with six wins in nine career starts.

Sweet Reason, winless in races beyond a mile, will go for her third straight win Saturday in the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion. The filly, trained by Leah Gyarmati for Treadway Racing, will break from post 2 with Irad Ortiz Jr. again in the saddle. The filly is the 3-1 second choice.

The daughter of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense is coming off victories in the Acorn and Test after finishing third in the 1 1/8-mile Gazelle. Sweet Reason began the year by winning an allowance race at Aqueduct, four months after finishing fourth in the 1 1/16-mile Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Sweet Reason has won five of her eight career starts for $1,229,000.

Alabama Stakes champ Stopchargingmaria will be taking on Untapable for the first time. Trained by Todd Pletcher for Repole Stable, Stopchargingmaria will be ridden by John Velazquez from the outside post and is 9-2 in the program

The filly has won her last three starts. Along with the Alabama she captured the Coaching Club American Oaks and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

"She's in the mix (for championship honors) now. We've got to keep winning," said Pletcher after the Alabama.

However, Stopchargingmaria got off to a poor beginning this year. She began 2014 with a fifth in the Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park and a fourth in Oaklawn Park's Fantasy.

The filly has banked $1,414,000 with six wins in 10 lifetime starts.

Here is the field for the Cotillion from the rail out: Cassatt, Kerwin Clark, 12-1; Sweet Reason, Irad Ortiz Jr., 3-1; House Rules, Javier Castellano, 20-1; Joint Return, Kendrick Carmouche, 10-1; Vero Amore, Frankie Pennington, 20-1; Little Alexis, Joel Rosario, 20-1; JoJo Warrior, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Untapable, Rosie Napravnik, 7-5 and Stopchargingmaria, John Velazquez, 9-2.

The Cotillion will have an approximate post time of 4:45 p.m. ET.

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