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Elloluv is the morning like favorite for the 2003 Kentucky Oaks.
2003 Kentucky Oaks Entries

Date: 04/29/2003


The fillies never get the press the boys do, but on Friday they get the spotlight in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. A field of 12 has been entered highlited by the 1-2 finishers of the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland, Elloluv and Lady Tak. That was the first career defeat for Lady Tak, but Elloluv, who has yet to be out of the money in 7 starts, gets the nod as favorite based on that 3 3/4 length victory.

Craig Dollase, trainer of Elloluv, said: "She's just as good now — or better. She’s been consistent and hasn't missed a beat. She always puts herself right in the race, and we'll obviously dictate things right from the get-go. I'm happy with that. That's fine."

Lady Tak winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks and second favorite for the 2003 Oaks.
On the other hand, Steve Asmussen who trains second choice Lady Tak said: "She's talented and fast, faster than anything else I have. I'm just concerned if she can be one of the best fillies in the country at a mile-and-an-eighth."

Hoping to upset the top two as third choice is Bob Baffert's Santa Caterina. She won her only start this year and was second and third to Storm Flag Flying last year in the Frizette and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies respectively. Baffert said: "I gave her a break after that. She needed some time to get it together. She's starting to act a lot like she did last summer, which is great to see."

For more info, news, and notes on the Oaks, check the special Oaks section at Churchill Downs. Free past performances are available from DRF. You can watch most of the Oaks card on EPSN or ESPN2 on Friday afternoon. The Oaks itself will be on ESPN2 from 5:00-6:00pm EDT. Free selections from Glenners are available now for the entire Oaks card.

Here are the entries for the Kentucky Oaks. Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo from Churchill Downs. All starters carry 121 lbs.

Kentucky Oaks Poll
Who will win the Oaks?

My Boston Gal
Go for Glamour
Holiday Lady
Bird Town
Lady Tak
Atlantic Ocean
Tempus Fugit
In Case of Wind
Santa Caterina
Island Fashion

1ElloluvCraig DollaseRobby Albarado5-2
2My Boston GalCarl NafzgerPat Day4-1
3Go for GlamourC. Beau GreelyAlex Solis20-1
4Holiday LadyNick ZitoJose Santos20-1
5Bird TownNick ZitoEdgar Prado10-1
6YellShug McGaugheyJohn Velazquez8-1
7Lady TakSteve AsmussenJerry Bailey4-1
8Atlantic OceanBob BaffertDavid Flores10-1
9Tempus FugitKen McPeekShane Sellers50-1
10In Case of WindWilliam MillionCalvin Borel50-1
11Santa CatarinaBob BaffertGary Stevens9-2
12Island FashionNick CananiPat Valenzuela30-1

Santa Catarina one of two oaks entrants for trainer Bob Baffert.
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