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It was a beautiful sunny day at Churchill Downs on Friday which lead to a record attendance of 111,243 on Oaks day. There were five additional stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard with the second biggest of the day being the $300,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (G2) for the older fillies and mares. Here are the results for all five in the order they were run. Kentucky Oaks results are here.
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In the $100,000 Edgewood for three-year-old fillies on the turf saw 7-1 shot Sweet Talker run away for the competition at the top of the stretch and the hold off the late charge of 4-1 shot Rich in Spirit to win by just 3/4 length in 1:41.94 for the 1 1/16 miles. 9-5 favorite Cape Hope finished fourth. Winning jockey Brice Blanc said, "It was perfect. She broke good and I was able to get her in a nice position. She took a breather around the half-mile pole. The leaders kind of went on with it while I saved ground along the hedge. My filly has a nice turn of foot and turning for home we got in there before they closed the door on me. She just ran away from them from there."
The $100,000 Alysheba for older horses saw even-money favorite Limehouse go three wide around the turn from fourth, then rally well through the stretch to win by 1 3/4 length over 8-1 shot Skipaslew. The final time was 1:42.32 for the 1 1/16 miles.
The Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint featured older horses going 5 furlongs on the turf. 2- 1 favorite Mighty Beau dueled for the lead with 3-1 shot De Valmont most of the way around, and then took command with a furlong to go, drawing away to win by 2 3/4 lengths over late closing 16-1 shot Chosen Chief. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to 16-1 shot Sgt. Bert in third. The final time was 58.18 over the firm course. Winning jockey Pat Valenzuela said, "I wanted a good break to get good position. I used my horse's speed to sit second. I knew it would take a hell of a horse to catch me once we kicked on." Trainer Jeff Mullins may ship him to England for the Royal Ascot meeting next.
The Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup for older fillies and mares saw 4-1 third choice Shadow Cast rally from last place early on, taking a four wide path around the turn and then finishing a length clear of 7-1 shot Island Sand in a time of 1:42.43 for the 1 1/16 miles on the main track. It was just 1/2 a length back to 11-1 shot Storm's Darling in third, while 5-2 favorite Star Parade disappointed in fifth. "It set up like it looked it would on paper," trainer Neil Howard said. "This race looked like it set up much better for her. It was a hard decision. I thought the best race she ever ran was in the Papo Hop Stakes on the grass at Fair Grounds in her last start as a three- year-old. She's just a nice filly, and they're hard to come by. She's been great on both surfaces."
In the Grade 3 Crown Royal American Turf for 3-year-olds, 9-2 third choice Rey de Café rallied from seventh early to just get up by a nose over 6-1 shot Rush Bay in a time of 1:42.00 for the 1 1/16 miles on the turf. It was a length back to 4-1 shot Guillaume Tell in third. 5-2 favorite Chattahoochee War stalked the pace down the backstretch but flattened out in the lane finishing a disappointing seventh.
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