Untapable is just too good for her Mother Goose rivalsPICTURE: Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos
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Report: USA, Saturday
Belmont Park: Mother Goose Stakes (Grade 1) 1m½f, dirt, 3yo fillies
ANOTHER stunning runaway victory for Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable (Steve Asmussen/John Velazquez), who barely broke sweat as she demolished her Mother Goose rivals with a nine-and-a-quarter-length victory.
Admittedly, Untapable did not have much to beat - she was made 1-20 favourite after chief potential threat Stopchargingmaria was scratched.
The biggest worry for anyone who had invested in that dividend came soon after the start when pacemaking Princess Violet moved across, forcing Untapable to steady under John Velazquez, who was stepping in for the injured Rosie Napravnik.
There were to be few anxious moments thereafter, however, as the superstar filly rolled into the lead on the far turn and coasted to a commanding success in this $300,000 contest to take her unbeaten record for 2014 to four races.
With Princess Violet holding second, Untapable stopped the clock at 1min 41.48sec. "There's definitely the thought of running her against the boys," said Asmussen. "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."
Also on Saturday
Belmont Park: New York Stakes (Grade 2) 1m2f, turf, 4yo+ f/m
Sent off 13-10 favourite against a decent field, last year's Ribblesdale Stakes winner Riposte (Bill Mott/Joel Rosario) landed her second Grade 2 victory on the spin. The Juddmonte four-year-old claimed the lead three wide as they turned in and easily held Tannery for a length-and-a-quarter success.
"I think the longer distances have probably helped her," said Mott. "She broke a little slow, so she was fourth instead of second or third, but she was still within range of the leaders. She raced very nicely and kicked very well. She punched pretty good off a slow pace."
Santa Anita: Gold Cup at Santa Anita Hcap (Grade 1) 1m2f, dirt, 3yo+
Game On Dude's bid to win a third straight Gold Cup, run in its new guise following the closure of Hollywood Park last year, ended in defeat as he could manage only fourth behind shock winner Majestic Harbor (Sean McCarthy/Tyler Baze).
The 14-1 shot powered into the lead four-wide leaving the quarter pole, shooting clear of front-running Fury Kapcori, Game On Dude and Clubhouse Ride en route to a dominant win.
Clubhouse Ride claimed second from the late-running Imperative as Game On Dude, who had battled Fury Kapcori in the early stages, weakened to fourth. "I didn't want to be going that fast, but by the time we took back, we were already going real fast," said jockey Mike Smith.
Santa Anita: Triple Bend Stakes (Grade 1) 7f, dirt, 3yo+
A game effort under a strong ride from Declassify (Bob Baffert/Martin Garcia), who touched off pace rival Cyclometer after the pair had duelled through the race. The favourite Sahara Sky was last.