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Owner Ron Winchell leads Untapable to the winner's circle after the Cotillion Stakes.
The richest races on the continent this weekend were run on Saturday at Parx Racing with two $1 million events run at the Bensalem, Pennsylvania oval. Conditions were excellent most of the day with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70's.
The co-feature race on Saturday was the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (G1) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track, and is the only Grade 1 race run in the Keystone State. A field of 8 went to post on Saturday with Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), Kentucky Oaks (G1), and Mother Goose (G1) winner Untapable sent off as the 1-2 favorite off her 9th place finish in the Haskell (G1). In to challenge her included 9-2 second choice Sweet Reason, winner of the Acorn (G1) and Test (G1), and 9-1 third choice Cassatt, winner of the Monmouth Oaks (G3).
Down the stretch in the Cotillion.
Also on the card was the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) won by Bayern.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 8 Untapable Napravnik 3.00 2.40 2.10 2 Sweet Reason Ortiz Jr. 4.00 2.80 7 Jojo Warrior Garcia 3.60 Winning Time: 1:42.71 $2 Exacta 8-2 11.40 $2 Trifecta 8-2-7 43.00 $0.10 Superfecta 8-2-7-6 8.18
Left: Untapable in the winner's circle. Winning owner Ron Winchell said, "To me this wins solidifies the Eclipse (for 3-year-old filly). She dug in and it was good to get it done after the Haskell Invitational. This was a big exhale after the Haskell and glad to get it done."
Right: Untapable in the paddock before the race. Winning trainer Steve Asmussen said, "I was extremely pleased to have her back in the winner's circle where we feel she belongs. I think a lot of little things added up to (the Haskell defeat) to not being her day. I was very proud that she came out of a tough race like that, tough circumstances, to win a Grade 1. She beat very good fillies. This is her third Grade 1 of the year. We're very proud to have her. The Winchell family bred a tremendous filly. She does fly to California tomorrow."
Left: Untapable as they go by for the first time. Asmussen added, "She gives you a tremendous amount of confidence. You rather run her than anybody else. I think this time of year; the fillies have sorted themselves out. This time of year everybody in belongs. Early in the year and in the spring a lot of horses are not up to the task or go wayward. Her works the last three weeks have given us a great amount of confidence that it's the Untapable we should expect."
Right: Untapable heads back to the barn after the race. Winning jockey Rosie Napravnik said, "It set up well with the two horses in front got into a little fight up front on the first turn. I sat chilly with her and let her move when she was ready. The track is all speedy today so we had to make us some ground. She is all class. She ran great, training great and no reason not for her to go forward."
Left: Second place finisher Sweet Reason in the post parade. The 9-2 second choice settled in midpack fourth under Irad Ortiz Jr. then rallied to get second beaten a length. The Leah Gyarmati trainee improved her record to 5 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 9 starts, earning $1,423,000 for owner Treadway Racing Stable.
Right: Third place finisher Jojo Warrior in the paddock before the race. The 19-2 fourth choice set the pace under Martin Garcia then faded to finish third beaten 2 lengths. The Bob Baffert trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 7 starts, earning $371,981 for owner-breeder Zayat Stables and WinStar Farm.
Edge of Reality wins the Alphabet Soup Handicap
Jockey Hector Caballero sent 12-1 Atlantic Seaboard to a clear lead first time by and he set fractions of 23.39, 46.37 and 1:09.97 while as any as 7 lengths in front of 6-1 Traffic Light and Page McKenney stalking him second and third. Entering the stretch Atlantic Seaboard stopped badly as Edge of Reality, 4th early, easily gained the lead through 1 mile in 1:36.13. Kept to task by jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. he easily held off late-running Roadhog by 3/4 length in 1:42.62 over the firm course. It was another 1 3/4 length back to Page McKenney third.
Left: Edge of Reality in the winner's circle. The 3-1 favorite settled in fifth early under Irad Ortiz Jr., gained the lead at the 3/16 pole and held on for the win.
Right: Edge of Reality in the paddock before the race. The Graham Motion trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 15 starts, earning $477,695 for owner-breeder The Elkstone Group LLC.
Left: Second place finisher Roadhog returns after the race. The 4-1 third choice raced 7th early under Kendrick Karmouche, then rallied to get second beaten 3/4 length. The Elizabeth Merriman trainee improved his record to 10 wins, 7 seconds, and 4 thirds in 35 starts, earning $609,114 for owner-breeder Ellendale Racing LLC.
Right: Third place finisher Page McKenney in the paddock before the race. The 7-2 second choice stalked the pace in third early under Frankie Pennington but could not improve late, finishing third beaten 2 1/2 lengths. The Mary Eppler trainee improved her record to 8 wins, 6 seconds, and 2 thirds in 27 starts, earning $257,378 for owners Adam Staple and Jalin Stable.
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