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Joyful Victory works out for the 2011 Kentucky Oaks.
The fillies never get the press the boys do, but on Friday they get the spotlight in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. On Tuesday the post positions were drawn for the 136th Kentucky Oaks and a field of 13 3-year-old fillies made the entry box for this $1,000,000 Grade 1 event over 1 1/8 miles on the main track. R Heat Lightning, who was expected to be the favorite, was declared from the race Monday with a knee injury.
The 5-2 favorite is Joyful Victory who is owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms and is trained by Larry Jones with Mike Smith getting the ride. She followed the Oaklawn path to the Oaks, winning both the Fantasy (G2) and Honeybee (G3) there. The co-second choices are Kathmanblu and Zazu. Kathmanblu won the Rachel Alexandra (G3) at the Fair Grounds last out, while Zazu was second in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1).
For more info, news, and notes on the Oaks, check the special Oaks website from Churchill Downs. Free past performances are available from Daily Racing Form and BRISnet.com (link is beside Plum Pretty). Post time for the Kentucky Oaks is 5:45pm and you can watch it on VERSUS Friday afternoon from 5-6pm EDT.
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.
|1||Joyful Victory||Mike Smith||5-2|
|2||Lilacs and Lace||Javier Castellano||12-1|
|3||Summer Soiree||Gabriel Saez||5-1|
|5||Suave Voir Faire||Miguel Mena||50-1|
|7||Her Smile||Garrett Gomez||20-1|
|8||Bouquet Booth||Robby Albarado||20-1|
|9||Daisy Devine||James Graham||20-1|
|10||Street Storm||Shaun Bridgmohan||50-1|
|11||Holy Heavens||Kent Desormeaux||50-1|
|12||Plum Pretty||Martin Garcia||5-1|
|13||St. John's River||Rosie Napravnik||30-1|
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