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Oaks Favourite Must Overcome History
Favourite Untapable will bid to become just the second horse in the history of the Kentucky Oaks to win the race from the outside barrier since Churchill Downs implemented the use of starting gates in 1930, reports bloodhorse.com. The last filly to accomplish the feat was Lemons Forever, who won the Oaks from barrier 14 in 2006. The Steve Asmussen-trained filly has been installed as a dominant 4-5 favourite for Saturday's US$1 million fillies Classic, despite drawing widest in barrier 13. "She's obviously a filly with a tremendous amount of talent," trainer Steve Asmussen said after Untapable worked four furlongs in 48.75 at Churchill on Monday. "We're just trying to keep her on the ground, keep her running." Untapable, by leading US sire Tapit, is coming off back-to-back wins at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in the Gr3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes & the Gr2 Fair Grounds Oaks. "She trained so well at the Fair Grounds and her races were just tremendous," Asmussen said. "With her, I think just trying to keep her on the ground and hold what we've got. I wouldn't have minded (the Oaks) being last week."