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Untapable will take on males in Haskell
AP
July 14, 2014, 8:15 pm

Multiple Grade 1 star Untapable, who has been unbeatable in the three-year-old filly division this season, will make her next start versus males in the July 27 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed Monday.

The decision came following Untapable's five-furlong move at Saratoga Monday morning. With jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard, the Ron Winchell homebred breezed in 1:01 1/5 over the good Oklahoma training track.

"I was very pleased with her -- she breezed extremely well," Asmussen said. "Weather permitting, we'll breeze her again next Monday and then plan to ship her to Monmouth either Wednesday or Thursday of race week."

Untapable brings a four-race winning streak into the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell, a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" event offering a guaranteed berth to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on November 1.

The Tapit filly wintered at Fair Grounds, where she opened the year by dominating the February 22 Rachel Alexandra -- named in honor of a past Asmussen trainee who is the last filly to win the Haskell. Untapable has since invited comparisons with that 2009 Horse of the Year, through tour-de-force performances in the March 29 Fair Grounds Oaks and the May 2 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Napravnik, Untapable's regular rider, was sidelined by injury when she next appeared in the June 28 Mother Goose at Belmont Park. Hall of Famer John Velazquez picked up the mount and guided the 1-20 favorite to a 9 1/4-length romp.

But Napravnik will be back in the saddle for the 1 1/8-mile Haskell, when Untapable aims to become third filly to take Monmouth's signature race, following Hall of Famer Serena's Song (1995) and Rachel Alexandra (2009). Should Untapable join that exclusive club, she would also make history for Napravnik, who would become the first female rider to win the Haskell.

The projected Haskell field also includes Bayern, who just routed the June 7 Woody Stephens for six-time Haskell winner Bob Baffert; Medal Count, last seen finishing third in the June 7 Belmont Stakes; Fountain of Youth hero Wildcat Red, who outclassed his rivals in the June 28 Quality Road; Gulfstream track record-setter Social Inclusion, subsequently third in the Wood Memorial, Preakness and Woody Stephens; Albano, a 6 1/2-length winner of the June 15 Pegasus at Monmouth; and Irish You Well and Just Call Kenny, the respective top two from the final local prep, the July 5 Long Branch.

Albano drilled five-eighths in a bullet 1:00 2/5 at Delaware Park Monday for trainer Larry Jones.