LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A beleaguered
Asmussen's Untapable, the prohibitive favorite in this second-richest race in the country for female horses (after the $2-million
Asked what made Untapable special, Asmussen said, "How fast she is."
Untapable was ridden by
"She gets into a great stride," Napravnik said, "and she relaxed so nicely, better than you can ask any horse to do."
That was especially key because the start of the race was delayed for several minutes when Empress Of Midway flipped backward in the gate. She was eventually taken out and scratched. Her jockey,
The incident seemed to affect several horses, especially
"As soon as the gate opened [and Fashion Plate didn't respond], my race was over," Stevens said. "It was very disappointing."
Asmussen, who has been cordial but mostly noncommittal to reporters this week, gave an interview to NBC in which he called the charges against him by animal rights organization
He has a starter in Saturday's
When Rachel Alexandra won the 2009 Preakness and became the first filly to do so in 85 years, Asmussen was her trainer.
"I think Tapiture would have to speed up to catch Untapable," he said, adding that he will make that call depending on how Tapiture performs in the Derby.