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Untapable Grinds Out Win in Pocahontas Stakes

Untapable recorded a determined half-length victory over Stonetastic in Saturday night’s 45th running of the Pocahontas Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs.

Untapable

Untapable

Ridden by Rosie Napravnik and trained by Steve Asmussen, Untapable ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:44.38 and banked $101,125 for the win. Additionally, the Pocahontas is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series, which means Untapable has secured a starting spot and travel allowance to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

She also is the early points-leader on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. The Pocahontas was the first of 15 “Kentucky Oaks Prep Season” races in which points are awarded to the Top 4 finishers on a 10-4-2-1 scale.

Untapable, sent to the post as the 5-1 third betting choice, paid $13.60. Stonetastic, made the favorite after scintillating 12 ½-length career debut at Monmouth Park, returned $4 and $3.60. Untapable’s final time of 1:44.48 was :01.27 faster than 2-year-old colt Cleburne ran a race later while winning the $171,750

Untapable was bred in Kentucky by her owner Ron Winchell. A bay Tapit filly out of the Prized mare Fun House, she is a half-sister to Grade I-winner Paddy O’Prado, the third-place finisher in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

The Pocahontas was Untapable’s first race in 79 days. She previously won her career bow at Churchill Downs on June 20.

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