who is a perfect four-for-four in 2014, put in her final breeze for Sunday’s $1
million William Hill Haskell Invitational on Monday morning and her connections
plan to send the undisputed top 3-year-old filly in the country to Monmouth Park on Thursday.
Winchell’s daughter of Tapit and a Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC homebred worked
an easy four furlongs in 50.28 under exercise rider Mike Callaham over Saratoga’s Oklahoma
everything is good. She cooled out good,” said Darren Fleming, the assistant to
trainer Steve Asmussen. “She’s on schedule to ship in on Thursday morning.”
racing in all graded stakes this season, has won her outings by a combined 31
lengths and notched the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Mother Goose Stakes (G1) in her
last two starts. When she takes on a contentious field in the Haskell, it will
be the filly’s first try against males, but Asmussen is no stranger to crossing
he sent Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes winner Rachel Alexandra to Monmouth Park for the Haskell and she cruised to
a 6-length victory on her way to Horse of the Year and champion 3-Year-Old
Filly honors. Now Untapable will try to become only the third filly to win the
Haskell and join Hall of Fame member Serena’s Song (1995) in the record books.
worked out pretty well for Rachel. There are no compunctions about sending her
to the Haskell,” Fleming said.
an earner of $1,302,725 from six wins and one third in eight starts, spent the winter
at Asmussen’s base at the Fair Grounds, where she took the Rachel Alexandra
Stakes (G3) and the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). Relocating to Churchill Downs in
the spring and then traveling to Belmont
Park for the Mother Goose
proved no problem.
she settles in good. She did when she shipped to New York,” Fleming said.
is out of Fun House, another Winchell homebred who incidentally was bred back
to North America’s leading sire Tapit on the
morning of the Kentucky Oaks. Fun House, termed a “superstar broodmare” by her
owner, has a well-earned reputation for being all business. Like mother, like
likes to be by herself and doesn’t like a lot of attention from people. She can
be warm and fuzzy, but only when it’s her idea,” Fleming said.
rider Rosie Napravnik, who was replaced in the irons for the Mother Goose by
John Velazquez while she was sidelined with a shoulder injury, will be back aboard
for the Haskell. In 2013, she finished second on Power Broker in the Haskell
and won the $200,000 Molly Pitcher (G2) on Joyful Victory and the $150,000
Matchmaker (G3) on Starstruck on the undercard.
face the filly Untapable in the mile and an eighth Haskell are Albano, Bayern,
Encryption, Irish You Well, Just Call Kenny, Medal Count, Social Inclusion and
Wildcat Red. The field for this year’s
47th renewal of the Haskell will be drawn at noon on Thursday, July
The William Hill Haskell will be televised live on NBC and is part of
the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Series, with the victor getting an
automatic berth to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov.
A limited number of reserved Haskell
seats remain available and can be purchased by calling 732-571-5563, or by
visiting the reserved seat booth (2nd floor of the Grandstand) on
any live racing day. In addition, fans can pre-purchase Haskell seats directly