View Full Version : 137th Kentucky Oaks -field, positions

May. 3, 2011, 12:04 PM
We may as well have a dedicated thread.

Positions drawn this morning:


Post time: 5:45 pm. ET Friday at Churchill Downs.
Purse: $1 million (up from $500k)
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Weight: 123 pounds - all
TV: Versus 5-6 p.m.

PP*horse*Jockey/Trainer [last race]

1.*Joyful Victory*Smith/L. Jones [1st G2 Fantasy]
2.*Lilacs and Lace*Castellano/Terranova [1st G1 Ashland]
3.*Summer Soiree*Saez/Motion [1st G3 Bourbonette Oaks]
4.*Kathmanblu*Leparoux/McPeek [3rd G1 Ashland]
5.*Suave Voir Faire*Mena/Smithwick [3rd Bourbonette Oaks]
6.*Zazu*Rosario/Smith [2nd G1 Santa Anita Oaks]
7.*Her Smile*Gomez/Pletcher [2nd G3 Comely]
8.*Bouquet Booth*Albarado/Margolis [4th Ashland]
9.*Daisy Devine*Graham/McKeever [1st G2 Fair Grounds Oaks]
10.*Street Storm*Bridgmohan/Margolis [1st Mardi Gras Stakes]
11.*Holy Heavens*Desormeaux/Chatters [3rd G3 Fantasy]
12.*Plum Pretty*M. Garcia/Baffert [1st Sunland Park Oaks]
13.*St. John’s River*Napravnik/Leggio

Bobby Flay's very recent purchase, Her Smile, got in despite rather light on the graded earnings ;)

May. 3, 2011, 09:39 PM
Regarding Bobby's Flay and Her Smile: (Barn Notes from May 3rd) (http://www.paulickreport.com/index.php/news/racing/kentucky-oaks-barn-notes-5-3-11/)

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who conferred with his owner Monday about her possible run in the nine-furlong headliner, noted Tuesday morning that the green light was in order.

“Bobby wanted to go and we’re a go,” Pletcher said. “My other horse (R Heat Lightning, who was withdrawn from the race Monday when an apparent minor injury was noted) coming out was a factor. That was one less good one (R Heat Lightning was going to be the likely morning line favorite for the Oaks) he had to beat.”

He tweeted (http://twitter.com/#!/BFLAY) that he was getting "Kentucky Oaks fever ...."

Bobby purchased her in late April from owner/breeder William Backer. She was based at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland with Leigh Delacour. In her last start on April 9, Her Smile, a Virginia-bred by Include, finished second by 2 1/4 lengths to Hot Summer in the Comely at Aqueduct. In all, she has won 3 of 7 starts and earned $126,360.

As an aside, Bobby Flay (with trainer Todd Pletcher) has nominated a runner to the Royal Ascot meet in the UK: last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner More than Real. She spent the winter in Florida but is now working at Belmont and has not yet made her debut for the year.

May. 3, 2011, 09:55 PM
TV coverage:

Fri. May 6, Kentucky Oaks, 5-6 p.m. EST, VERSUS

Flashy Gray VA
May. 3, 2011, 11:30 PM
I am really stoked about Zazu's nice draw today! I like that filly. :)

May. 6, 2011, 09:53 AM
(pdf) Free past performances by PP for the field (http://www1.drf.com/tc/kentuckyderby/2011/profile-assets/PPs/2011-kentucky-oaks-pps.pdf)

Agreed on Zazu looking good and maybe Larry Jones' Joyful Victory

May. 6, 2011, 10:05 AM
Joyful Victory & Zazu are my choices. Both are by Tapit.

We have an amazing Tapit gray gelding that is a dead ringer for his daddy. He is a saint, an amazing jumper and mover and I'd have another in a second.

Mike Smith has the ride on Joyful Victory, who has won both of her starts this year. Now I hate that they have the 1 spot................ :(

Zazu (owned by Jerry & Ann Moss) will be ridden by Joel Rosario. Not so bad coming out of #6.

May. 6, 2011, 10:29 AM
Worth noting one of the many solid graded stakes undercard races today is the Grade 3 $300,000 Alysheba .. which smacks of being far more like a very competitive Grade 1 (http://www.drf.com/news/churchill-downs-alysheba-field-serious-bunch)

Race 9 - Friday May 6 - off at 3:52 pm EST (http://equibase.com/static/entry/CD050611USA-EQB.html#RACE9)

Note that Icabad Crane is now a scratch.

Giant Oak tops a field of 11 horses entered for the 1 1/16-mile Alysheba, which last year had a purse of $150,000. Caracortado is cross-entered in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodford Reserve.

The remainder of the lineup includes Grade 1 winner Awesome Gem; two-time Grade 2 winner Mission Impazible; Grade 3 winners Wise Dan and Demarcation; Grade 2 winner Regal Ransom; the 2010 Preakness runner-up and Belmont third-place finisher, First Dude; stakes winner Jardim; and Equestrio, who defeated stablemate and likely Kentucky Derby favorite Dialed In earlier this winter at Gulfstream Park.

May. 6, 2011, 10:33 AM
I like Joyful Victory. I also don't like the 1 spot :( Bummer

May. 6, 2011, 01:27 PM
My folks are going to be at a horse show today, and away from the television. Mom really wants to watch the Oaks. She loves those gray fillies. smile Is there anywhere online that will be streaming the race live.

May. 6, 2011, 01:47 PM
My folks are going to be at a horse show today, and away from the television. Mom really wants to watch the Oaks. She loves those gray fillies. smile Is there anywhere online that will be streaming the race live.

Radio - http://horseracingradio.net/

May. 6, 2011, 02:20 PM
Another undercard race today that finally resulted in the bridesmaid becoming the bride again ...

Video replay: 26th Grade 2, $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (http://www1.drf.com/replays/savedreplays.jsp?RACE=1573) at Churchill Downs.

Fine race! The massive amount of fans (potentially a record) are getting their money's worth on Ladies Day, plus no rain.

May. 6, 2011, 02:26 PM
A vote for Zazu --I have a Tapit four year old, smart as a whip and as athletic as a cat.


May. 6, 2011, 02:28 PM
Some really nice horses here, but I do love my grays. :yes: Other than Joyful Victory and Zazu, I like Kathmanblu and Daisy Devine.

May. 6, 2011, 02:38 PM
There is a wagering option today of picking together Oaks & Kentucky Derby (for win only) and Oak & Woodford Reserve (race 10 SAT) ...

For the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic S. (http://equibase.com/static/entry/CD050711USA-EQB.html#RACE10) it's hard to see the winner not being either 4/6/7 ... I'll discount Court Vision from that group. Get Stormy, Prince Will I Am, or the Augustin Stables invader Smart Bid.

May. 6, 2011, 02:48 PM
Evidently the wagering system went down at CHC so there is a delay, about 15 minutes now. Yikes.

May. 6, 2011, 06:24 PM
Game win by Plum Pretty by a neck over St John's River. Zazu was third (woo hoo!).

May. 6, 2011, 06:38 PM
Plum pretty looked STELLAR in the post parade; I need to go back to my youthful system of betting every race after watching them warm up. Very happy to see MDO get another fine filly G1 winner; I loved him on the track and have been tickled by his success in his short career in the shed.

Also very happy for Rosie getting up for second; she would have been the winner in one more jump. What a great ride she gave St. John's River.

May. 6, 2011, 06:43 PM
A really solid race by all of the top five. There wasn't much distance between them.

May. 6, 2011, 06:49 PM
Video replay: 137th Kentucky Oaks - May 6, 2011 (http://www1.drf.com/replays/savedreplays.jsp?RACE=1578)

Rosie, who rides with conviction, took in the last race of the day 3rd. You have to wonder if St. John’s River didn't have that odd break (see the replay) at the gate where she almost went to the grandstand if that would've just been enough to deprive the victory.

Bob Baffert was not talking up Plum Pretty at all before this race so I think he was as shocked as anyone. When talking to NBC he said jokingly that he called her 'Plum Ugly' when they first got her in the barn ;)

May. 7, 2011, 01:14 PM
Once again the rumors of horse racing being "dead" are dubious - at least on these handful of historically distinct racing days.

2011 Kentucky Oaks: 3rd highest attendance, largest handle ever (http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-oaks-day-handle-sets-record-churchill-downs)

All-sources wagering on the 12-race Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs on Friday set an Oaks Day record at $37.5 million, including a record ontrack handle of $12.1 million, according to Churchill.

The Friday all-sources handle total was up 4.2 percent over the previous record, set last year, at $36 million. The ontrack total was up 2.1 percent over last year’s record of $11.9 million.

Oaks attendance was the third-highest of all time, at 110,122. Weather conditions on Friday were mostly sunny, with highs in the low 70s.

They came, they watched, they wagered :)

Jul. 6, 2011, 02:09 PM
Dropping this news in here as the Kentucky Oaks was essentially why Bobby Flay bought Her Smile and she pretty much bombed on national tv. She finished way back in 11th in that Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile race.

Never fear however - even after taking 3rd in the Grade 1, one-mile TVG Acorn at Belmont on June 11 - and Bobby pressed on with her.

He was rewarded not only with her first victory under his ownership but in fact Bobby's 1st Grade 1 victory as an owner ;)

NYRA July 4, 2011 "Her Smile Wins Prioress Throwdown" (http://www.nyra.com/belmont/stories/PrioressRecap.shtml)

Her Smile benefited from a punishing early pace and perfect piloting from jockey Javier Castellano to upset Monday’s $250,000 Prioress at Belmont Park, giving celebrity chef owner Bobby Flay his first Grade 1 victory.

Overlooked at 7-1 in the field of six 3-year-old fillies, Her Smile sat well behind Roman Treasure as she was prompted by Quantum Miss through fractions of 21.78 and 44.55. Castellano began moving the daughter of Include into contention on the turn, and faced with a three-wide wall of horses in the stretch, angled her towards the inside with 220 yards to go and up the rail for a half-length victory over the closing Pomeroys Pistol.

Her Smile’s time for the six furlongs was 1:09.44 over a fast track.

“Yes, first Grade 1! It was awesome, a great feeling,” said Flay, whose More Than Real won the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last fall. “We thought this might be a little too short, we thought maybe seven furlongs might be a little bit better, but we just told Javier to be patient because it was all speed except her; we got the fractions we wanted and what a great ride!”

Video replay: Belmont Grade 1 $250k Prioress, July 4, 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqP337c-V1U)