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Napravnik nabs Kentucky Oaks for second time in three years

Rosie Napravnik and Untapable win Kentucky Oaks by 4-1/2 lengths.
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Rosie Napravnik proved she was unstoppable aboard Untapable yesterday when the pair took control of the 140th Kentucky Oaks. The pair broke from post position 13 and were able to able stay within striking distance of early frontrunners Sugar Shock, My Miss Sophia and Thank You Marylou before getting clear outside turning for home., eventually winning by a margin of 4-1/2 lengths over My Miss Sophie.

''We got into a great position. She runs her best when she can get into a great stride and she relaxes so nicely. She has grown up and she is maturing. She is magnificent, exclaimed Napravnik.

Untapable ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.68, the race's second-fastest time, rewarding her backers with payouts of $4, $3.20 and $2.60.

“We got the first half completed, so we're moving on to the second half of the double,'' Napravnik stated after the race, alluding to her quest to become the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby this afternoon with Vicar’s In Trouble.

Untapable was the favorite going into the race, and achieved her 3rd straight victory and 5th in seven starts. In addition, the 3-year old filly won her last three by a combined margin of nearly 22 lengths. Yesterday’s win was Rosie’s second Oaks victory in the last 3 years. It also put trainer Steve Asmussen (who is currently being investigated for mistreating the horses in his care following allegations by PETA) back in the spotlight in a more positive way.

Following the race Asmussen stated that he is now considering running Untapable against the “boys” in the Preakness on May 17th, particularly if his Derby horse Tapiture doesn’t run well this afternoon. He already won the Preakness with super filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009.