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Untapable rolled to a dominant victory in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes on June 28 at Belmont Park. (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)

Great athletes make amazing performances look easy.

Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable’s effortless runaway win at 1-to-20 odds in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park served as a perfect example.

The bay Tapit filly encountered some trouble early when another horse ducked in and crowded her, but she recovered like a professional and raced a few lengths behind a testing pace set by Princess Violet through a half-mile in :45.95.

Untapable advanced willingly under John Velazquez on the far turn, closed in on the leader after three-quarters of a mile in 1:09.65 and then simply overpowered Princess Violet entering the stretch.

Untapable surged well clear with only the slightest encouragement from her rider and powered to a 9 1/4-length romp. She completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.48 for her fourth win in as many starts this year.

“I think she’s a very special filly,” said trainer Steve Asmussen, who conditions Untapable for owner-breeder Ron Winchell’s Winchell Thoroughbreds.

UNTAPABLE PULLS AWAY TO EASY MOTHER GOOSE WIN

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Photo by Adam Coglianese/NYRA

After crushing the competition at 4.40-to-1 odds in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes in February at Fair Grounds in her season debut, Untapable has gone off at 1-to-2 in the Fair Grounds Oaks, even money in the Kentucky Oaks and 1-to-20 in the Mother Goose. Her four graded stakes wins have come by a combined margin of 31 lengths.

Asmussen said taking on 3-year-old males is an option for Untapable. She clearly is the best 3-year-old filly at the halfway point in the racing season, and she has accomplished as much in 2014 as any 3-year-old not named California Chrome.

The Haskell Invitational Stakes on July 27 at Monmouth Park would be a logical opportunity to test her against males.

“There’s definitely the thought of running her against the boys,” Asmussen said. “It will be an interesting conversation with [owner] Ron [Winchell] after today’s win. She’ll ship up to Saratoga [Race Course] 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.”

Princess Violet held off a late rally from America to take second by a neck in the 5-horse field.

Untapable is out of Grade 2 winner Fun House, by Prized. A Kentucky-bred, she is a half-sister (same dam [mother], different sire [father]) to Grade 1 winner Paddy O’Prado. She improved to six wins in eight career starts and boosted her lifetime earnings to $1,304,725 with the $180,000 winner’s share of the Mother Goose purse.

For an Equibase chart, click here.

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Mike Curry

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del., Curry was editor of Thoroughbred Times TODAY before joining the America's Best Racing team in May 2012. He credits his grandfather for the inspiration to repeatedly sneak off to Delaware Park as a 16-year-old and the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer for his passion for horse racing. Curry graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in Journalism. He worked for the Wilmington News Journal and was Sports Editor of the Cecil Whig before moving to Lexington in 2005.

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Mike Curry

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del., Curry was editor of Thoroughbred Times TODAY before joining the America's Best Racing team in May 2012. He credits his grandfather for the inspiration to repeatedly sneak off to Delaware Park as a 16-year-old and the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer for his passion for horse racing. Curry graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in Journalism. He worked for the Wilmington News Journal and was Sports Editor of the Cecil Whig before moving to Lexington in 2005.

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