Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik can close out a stellar year with a victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The path to the winner’s circle has been made a bit easier by the absence of defending champion Beholder. Beholder spiked a fever last week, removing the biggest threat from today’s headline race on the opening day of the two-day world championships at Santa Anita ( 2 p.m., NBC Sports). Untapable is the early 5-2 favorite for the 1 1/8-mile race. Untapable and Napravnik have been together for all but two of the 3-year-old filly’s 10 career starts. They are 5 of 6 this year, including a victory in the Kentucky Oaks.– AP
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