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Dec 19, 2014

Untapable settles in at Fair Grounds


New Orleans, LA ( - Leading 3-year-old filly Untapable has made herself at home at Fair Grounds in advance of her 2015 campaign.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Untapable secured the Eclipse Award as this year's champion sophomore filly by winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Oct. 31.

"I could envision (Untapable) doing the same sort of campaign," said Winchell Thoroughbreds racing manager David Fiske. "She does better when you space her races out and will probably run no more than seven times. It would be nice to run her at Saratoga. She was supposed to run in the Adirondack as a 2-year-old there, but colicked the day before. We'll focus on Grade Is with her."

Untapable won the Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing prior to winning the Distaff. The filly began the year with consecutive victories at Fair Grounds in the Rachel Alexandra and Fair Grounds Oaks. She won the Kentucky Oaks on May 2 by 4 1/2 lengths and posted a 9 1/4-length victory in the Mother Goose Stakes on June 28 at Belmont Park.

Her only loss of the year came when she finished fifth as the 7-5 favorite versus males in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27. Bayern won that race going wire to wire and repeated in both the Pennsylvania Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic.

Untapable has earned $2,996,725 in 11 lifetime starts with eight wins.

Joining the filly at Fair Grounds is stablemate Tapiture who is also owned by Winchell and trained by Asmussen.

He won the West Virginia Derby and was second to Goldencents in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

"His year-end goal depends on how he runs throughout the year," Fiske said. "The Dirt Mile this year was around two turns (at Santa Anita) and that's preferable for him, as opposed to one turn. In 2015, if he shows that he's adept at mile and a eighth to a mile and a quarter, we'll stretch him out somewhere to see if the Classic is an option. The New Orleans Handicap is possible (as a starting point), but we'll really have to see how he's coming along at that point."

Tapiture has banked $1,388,060 with four wins, four seconds and two thirds in 12 lifetime starts.

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