Dreaming of Julia winning the Gulfstream Oaks.
The fillies never get the press the boys do, but on Friday they get the spotlight in the Longines Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. On Tuesday the post positions were drawn for the 139th Kentucky Oaks and a field of 11 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.
As expected, Todd Pletcher-trained Dreaming of Julia, who drew post 8, is the 3-1 favorite, off her 21 3/4 length romp in the Gulfstream Oaks, which was actually run faster than the Florida Derby run later in the card. Regular rider John Velazquez gets the call for owner Stonestreet Stables. In to challenge her included two fillies at 7-2, Beholder out of post 4 and Unlimited Budget out of the 5 hole. Beholder ships in from California off a 2 race winning streak including the Las Virgenes (G1) and Santa Anita Oaks (G1), and Garrett Gomez gets the return call for Richard Mandella. Unlimited Budget is undefeated in 4 starts including the Rachel Alexandra (G3) and Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), and will have Javier Castellano in the irons on Friday afternoon.
For more info, news, and notes on the Oaks, check the special Oaks website from Churchill Downs. Free past performances should be available soon from BRISnet here (look for Dreaming of Julia). Post time for the Kentucky Oaks is 5:45pm and you can watch it on NBC Sports Network 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.
|2||Midnight Lucky||Rafael Bejarano||9-2|
|4||Unlimited Budget||Javier Castellano||7-2|
|5||Seaneen Girl||Rosie Napravnik||20-1|
|6||Princess of Sylmar||Mike Smith||20-1|
|7||Pure Fun||Julien Leparoux||30-1|
|8||Dreaming of Julia||John Velazquez||3-1|
|9||Rose to Gold||Calvin Borel||15-1|
|10||Flashy Gray||Junior Alvarado||15-1|
|11||Close Hatches||Joel Rosario||6-1|
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