By Jessica Martini
Untapable (Tapit), champion sophomore filly of 2014, will visit European superstar Frankel (GB) in 2017, owner Ron Winchell confirmed Saturday.
“Hopefully, after having a healthy foal, she will be bred back to Frankel [in 2018],” Winchell said. “Both Untapable and foal will then fly back home to the U.S.”
Untapable won four Grade I events in 2014, taking the GI Kentucky Oaks, GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff, GI Mother Goose S. and GI Cotillion S. In 2015, she added the GI Apple Blossom S.
Juddmonte’s Frankel was unbeaten in 14 lifetime starts, including 10 Group 1 events, all on the turf.
“The plan is to keep both foals and race them on dirt here in the U.S.,” Winchell continued. “Trying a Frankel on the dirt here in the U.S. might be considered a bit of an experiment. With that said, when reviewing all the options for Untapable, this was the only one that sounded exciting. Sometimes doing something out of the box yields a good reward. Only time will tell.”