Untapable Takes on The Boys in Grade I Haskell
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With nothing left to prove against three year-old fillies, Untapable will try the boys Saturday July 27 at Monmouth in the one million dollar Grade I Haskell as she attempts to become just the third filly to win the race in its illustrious 46 year history.
Untapable is installed as the 2/1 morning line favorite after four dominating victories against graded stakes company – including two Grade one races – this year against her own gender. The two-turn, mile and an eighth distance appears right up Untapable’s alley as her Kentucky Oaks score came under the exact same conditions. Trainer Steve Asmussen won the 2009 Haskell with filly Rachel Alexandra; Serena's Song was the only other filly to win.
Bayern looks to shake loose and hold on
The Bob Baffert trained Bayern (5/2) is a solid second choice after a freakish victory by open lengths in the Grade II Woody Stephens at Belmont his last start. Bayern figures to be on an unrestrained lead as Baffert has indicated this week that his star colt prefers that type of running style. The main question for Bayern will be his ability to handle the distance as he has done his best running at a mile or less.
Wilcat Red and Medal Count back
The rest will need to have their running shoes on including Triple Crown campaigners Wildcat Red (10/1) and Medal Count (8/1). Wildcat Red rebounded in his last start to take the Quality Road Stakes at Gulfstream after a disappointing 18th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Medal Count ran a non-threatening third in the Belmont Stakes and figures to have his work cut out for him in the stretch once again.