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Review: Crushing the Cup
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Untapable takes her walk down Victory Lane after winning the Mother Goose Stakes.
The $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G1) features top 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles around one turn of the Belmont Park main track. Conditions were excellent, with the 5,165 fans enjoying sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 80's. After Black Eyed Susan (G2) winner Stopchargingmaria was scratched, only 5 went to post with Untapable sent off as the prohibitive 1-20 favorite off a 3 race win streak including the Rachel Alexandra (G3), Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), and Kentucky Oaks (G1). In to challenge her included 8-1 second choice Princess Violet, winner of two straight in allowance company, and 9-1 third choice House Rules, sixth in the Acorn (G1) last out. Due to the short field and Untapable's odds, show wagering was cancelled.
Untapable draws away in the stretch
Previous winners of the Mother Goose
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Untapable Velasquez 2.10 2.10 - 3 Princess Violet Ortiz 3.70 - 4 Anerica Ortiz Jr. - Winning Time: 1:41.48 $2 Exacta 2-3 7.60 $2 Trifecta 2-3-4 26.20
Left: Untapable in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Steve Asmussen said, "I'm very pleased with her race today. I loved how quiet she was pre-race and in the paddock. She turned off right after a little trouble at the start and was pretty relaxed. She picked it up when she needed to and appeared to be looking around quite a bit in the stretch, but it was her first time (at Belmont). All of her previous victories had been where she was training, so I think that this was a pretty good step. I think she's a very special filly."
Right: Untapable heads back to the barn after the race. Asmussen added, "There's definitely the thought of running her against the boys. I think that this was a very good obstacle for her, as far as shipping and running, because of how bad her Breeders' Cup was. Maturity, time, confidence, how she acted pre-race in the paddock today, all of those are steps in the right direction, and it will be an interesting conversation with Ron (Winchell, owner) after today's win. She'll ship up to Saratoga to train on Monday. The Coaching Club American Oaks is a very lucrative race that is there, but I don't want to speak for Ron at this point. We're aware that (the Haskell) is there and the timing is excellent. It's nice to have a horse like her because you can consider races as good as these."
Left: Untapable heads into the paddock with trainer Steve Asmussen leading her.
Right: Untapable in the post parade. Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "She's been inside before. The only concern I had was that another horse went left leaving the chute. I didn't hesitate at all. I got her out of there. After that, it was pretty easy. I put her into the clear, she settled really well, and it was a nice ride. I just kind of put my hands down and I was confident I could give her the opportunity she needed."
Left: Second place finisher Princess Violet in the post parade. The 8-1 second choice set the pace under Jose Ortiz but was no match for the winner. The Mike Hushion trainee improved her record to 2 wins and 2 seconds in 4 starts, earning $134,610 for owner-breeder Barry Schwartz.
Right: Third place finisher America in the walking ring The 20-1 fourth choice stalked the pace under Irad Ortiz Jr. and just missed second place money. The Bill Mott trainee improved her record to 1 win, 0 seconds, and 2 thirds in 7 starts, earning $135,340 for owner-breeder Bobby Flay.
The $200,000 New York Stakes (G2) featured a field of 6 older fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles on the inner turf course. Riposte was the 6-5 favorite off her win in the Sheepshead Bay (G2). In to challenge her included 3-2 second choice Tannery, winner of the Ms. Liberty at Monmouth, and 6-1 third choice Inimitable Romanee, winner of the Bewitch (G3) at Keeneland.
15-1 longest shot Viva Rafaela set easy fractions of 24.98, 49.86, 1:13.32, and 1:36,69 while 1 1/2 lengths in front of 12-1 Gathering stalking her in second. Riposte, who raced in 4th early, came outy 3 wide for room and took over at the 3/16 pole/ Tannery, 5th early, put in a late rally of her own but Riposte easily held her off by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:59.71. It was a long 3 lengths back to Viva Rafaela third.
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Left: Riposte in the winner's circle with trainer Bill Mott on the far left. Mott said, "I think the longer distances have probably helped her. She broke a little slow, so she was fourth instead of second or third, but she was still within range of the leaders. She rated very nicely and kicked very well. She punched pretty good off a slow pace. We have nothing planned for her right now. It's too close to run her back in the Diana, so she won't do that."
Right: Riposte in the paddock. Winning jockey Joel Rosario said, "Last time, there was no speed. Today, I just let her run her race. I rode her in Florida when she came from off the pace. She can do anything. She's a little filly, but it looks like she can do a lot of things. I tried to get on the outside. I didn't want to be caught wide, but I wanted a clean trip and not get stuck inside. She got the job done today."
Left: Second place finisher Tannery returns after the race. The 3-2 second choice raced 5th under Javier Castellano then rallied to get second beaten 1 1/4 lengths. The Alan Goldberg trainee improved her record to 7 wins, 5 seconds, and 2 thirds in 22 starts, earning $860,334 for owner Richard Santulli.
Right: Third place finisher Viva Rafaela in the paddock. The 15-1 longest shot set the pace under Joe Bravo then tired late to finish third beaten 4 1/4 lengths. The Todd Pletcher trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 14 starts, earning $135,781 for owner Stud TNT.
The $100,000 Manila Stakes featured a field of 7 three-year-olds ghoing 1 mile on the Widener turf. Green Mask was the 6-5 favorite over 7-2 Bashart and 5-1 So Lonesome.
So Lonesome set the pace of 22.39, 44.57, and 1:08.33 while stalked by Bashart. At the top of the stretch, 8-1 Cabo Cat, sixth early, came out 4 wide for room and gained the lead. 7-1 Long On Value, 5th early, put in a late rally but Cabo Cat held him off by 1 length in 1:33.57. It was another length back to pacesetter So Lonesome third, and 1/2 a length more to favorite Green Mask fourth.
Full results chart
Left: Cabo Cat in the winner's circle. The 8-1 shot was 6 lengths off the pace early under jockey Joe Bravo but rallied late to win by a length. The Mark Hennig trainee improved his record to 2 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 8 starts, earning $173,667 for owner-breeder Lee Lewis.
Right: Fourth place finisher and beaten favorite Green Mask in the paddock.
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