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Stakes Recap: Untapable Dominates FG's Rachel Alexandra
Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable, trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, settled behind the early leaders, commenced a rally leaving the backstretch, took command entering the lane and drew off at will to win the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes by 9 ½-lengths against a group that was expected to be highly competitive.
Untapable earned 50 points in the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” points standings in the Crescent City’s final prep for the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks March 29.
“She acted extremely well in the paddock today and the Fair Grounds Oaks is definitely the plan from here,” said Asmussen.
Five of the last nine Fair Grounds Oaks winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Oaks.
Untapable returned mutuels of $10.80 $5.20 and $3.60, toured the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:43.64 and increased her career earnings to $308,125 with her third win in five career starts.
Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings’ Got Lucky rallied in the lane to finish second by a neck in front of Connie Apostelos’ Shanon Nicole.
Got Lucky paid $4 and $3.20 for the place and Shanon Nicole returned $5 for the show.
Loooch Racing Stable et al’s Ria Antonia, adjudged winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last fall, lacked the needed response and finished fourth. Express Model was fifth, Army crossed the wire sixth, while Streaming made the pace briefly with fractions of 24.01 and 47.91 and gave way.
CLASS INCLUDED BEST IN THE BAYOU HANDICAP—Brittlyn Stable’s Class Included, allowed to settle just off the early pace in Saturday’s $60,000 Bayou Handicap, came outside the leaders when set down for the drive by jockey Shaun Bridgmohan and wore down Lothenbach Stables’ Eden Prairie in the late stages to tally by a length and a half.
“I thought the horse to beat was Eden Prairie,” said Bridgmohan. “I followed her the whole way and took my horse out at the top of the stretch and she kicked in real nice.”
Class Included returned mutuels of $7.80, $3.80 and $2.60, accomplished the about 1 1/16-mile distance over a Stall-Wilson turf course rated good in 1:43.46 and increased her career earnings to $630,826 with her 13th victory in 25 lifetime starts.
“It was tough,” said trainer Ron Faucheux after the race. “Neil’s filly (Eden Prairie) fought the whole way and we were fortunate to be the winner.”
Eden Prairie made the pace with splits of 24.01 and 48.10, could not withstand the winner but held the place by three-quarters of a length from Calumet Farm’s Starstruck.
Eden Prairie paid $3.40 and $2.40, and Starstruck returned $2.40.
Masquerade, Awesome Flower, Street of Gold, Twirl, Aggressive Elegance, and Channel Lady completed the order of finish.