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2012 Kentucky Oaks Results

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Rosie Napravnik is all smiles after winning the Oaks aboard Believe You Can.
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Date: 05/04/2012

The $1,000,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1) is the premier race in the country for 3-year-old fillies, and is the female counterpart to the Kentucky Derby. A full field of 14 went to post in this 1 1/8 mile main track feature at Churchill Downs on Friday before 112,552, the second highest Oaks attendance in history. The day was marred by a thunderstorm which caused a delay and evacuation of the infield just before the 10th race which pushed back post time for the Oaks by about 35 minutes. Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) winner Grace Hall was sent off as the 5-2 favorite over 4-1 second choice On Fire Baby, winner of the Honeybee (G3) at Oaklawn last out, and 9-2 third choice Broadway's Alibi, winner of her last 4 races including the Forward Gal (G2) and Comely (G3).

Believe You Can and Broadway's Alibi kick dirt on their competion down the stretch.

Jockey John Velazquez sent Broadway's Alibi to the lead first time past the stands and she set fractions of 23.12, 47.47, and 1:11.88 over the fast track while stalked by 14-1 Believe You Can the whole way. Entering the stretch, Believe You Can collared the pacesetter inside 3/16 pole, getting the mile in 1:36.33, setting up a duel to the line. In the final strides Believe You Can pushed ahead to win by 3/4 length in 1:49.50. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to late-running favorite Grace Hall third.

This victory was the first Grade 1 win for jockey Rosie Napravnik, who became the first female rider to win the Kentucky Oaks. "It's great for all the women in the industry, and in the world," Napravnik said when asked about the significance of her win. "I'm just happy to represent that."

There were five other stakes races on the card with the Oaks. Full results for all of them with more photos are here.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 9   Believe You Can    Napravnik    29.60   11.80  6.40
 6   Broadway's Alibi   Velazquez             6.00  4.20
 2   Grace Hall         Castellano                  3.20

Winning Time:  1:49.50

$2 Exacta 9-6                173.00
$2 Trifecta 9-6-2            587.20
$2 Superfecta 9-6-2-3      3,745.40
Full results chart from DRF

Left: Believe You Can in the winner's circle with owner Brereton Jones (light color suit) beside her. Jones said, "This is just wonderful. It doesn’t get much better than this."

Right: Trainer Larry Jones leads Believe You Can to the winner's circle. Jones said, "This filly gave us that 'wow' factor. When we blew her out the other day, we knew this filly was going to give us her performance, and we feel like you need that ‘wow' coming here, because you're facing top horses, and we just got another 'wow' this afternoon."

Left: Believe You Can heads into the paddock before the race.

Right: Believe You Can in the post parade. Winning jockey Rosie Napravnik said, "It's unbelievable. I'm just so happy and so grateful to be here. There's a lot of people that are a big part of me getting to this and winning this race and I just can't thank everybody enough."

Left: First time by with Broadway's Alibi and Believe You Can leading. Jockey Rosie Napravnik said, "I just had the horse underneath me, honestly. She's just an excellent filly and she was running against a tough filly. It was cool to see [jockey] Johnny [Velazquez, aboard Broadway's Alibi] fading behind me."

Right: Believe You Can heads back to the barn after the race.

Left: Second place finisher Broadway's Alibi in the post parade. Her jockey John Velazquez said, "I think she handled the track OK but the first time over a track, she paddles a lot. She lost some momentum. The ground broke away from her. I don't think the distance hurt her, I think the track didn't help. She still ran a huge race."

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Grace Hall returns after the race. Her jockey Garrett Gomez said, "The track was playing for speed today. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me. They didn't come back to me. I was third best today." Her trainer Anthony Dutrow said, "She had a great trip. Everything went the way we wanted it to. We just were unable to catch the first two."

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