Jamaican jockey Shaun Bridgmohan brought 7-1 choice Emro with a thundering late run to win the US$400,000 Untapable Stakes in an upset at Kentucky Downs in Kentucky on Tuesday.
The Brad Cox-trained filly appeared out of contention in the early stretch before Bridgmohan roused her mid-stretch to storm to the finish 2-¾ lengths clear in a time of one minute, 16.31 minutes.
Taylor’s Tourist, one of the longshots at 23-1 odds, finished second while 14-1 outsider Fouzia was third but favourite Red Ghost, with Jose Ortiz aboard, faded badly towards the end after showing early.
The victory for Emro was her second in as many starts following her debut win in a 5-½ furlong sprint at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky last month.
“She ran very well, very talented filly,” the 41-year-old Bridgmohan said afterwards.
“She’s two-for-two. Last time she went to the lead. Today (Tuesday) she came from off it. It shows her versatility. She ran a nice race.”
Cox hailed the filly’s performance also praising Bridgmohan’s efforts.
“I was very proud of her. She’s been training well, obviously,” Cox said.
“She got it done first time out and we’ve been pointing for this since she broke her maiden. Very, very happy with the performance and Shaun did a good job.”
Up against the two-year-old fillies in a 6-½ furlong sprint, Bridgmohan broke Emro sharply from outside post 11 to race her off the pace down in sixth, nearly eight lengths off the dueling Fouzia and Lady Edith who produced fractions of 21.48 seconds for the quarter and 45.15 for the half.
Fouzia and Lady Edith led the field into the stretch with Red Ghost making a bid and Mad Maddy set down for the drive but Bridgmohan brought Emro with a superb run down the middle of the track to grab the lead with an eighth of a mile to run.