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Stellar Wind winning the Santa Anita 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 141st Longines Kentucky Oaks and a full field of 14 3-year-old fillies plus one also-eligible made the entry box for this $1,000,000 Grade 1 event over 1 1/8 miles on the main track.
As expected, Stellar Wind is the 7-2 favorite on the morning line and drew post 12, coming off 3 straight wins including the Santa Ysabel (G3) and Santa Anita Oaks (G1) both at Santa Anita. Regular rider Victor Espinoza gets the call for trainer John Sadler. In to challenge her include two fillies both at 4-1. Demoiselle (G2) and Gazelle (G2) winner Condo Commando drew post 5 for jockey Joel Rosario and trainer Rudy Rodriguez, while I'm a Chatterbox drew post 8 off her wins in the Rachel Alexandra (G3) and Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). Florent Geroux will be aboard for trainer Larry Jones.
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 Eskenformoney). Post time for the Kentucky Oaks is 5:45pm and you can watch it on NBC Sports Network Friday afternoon from 3-6pm 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||Forever Unbridled||Mike Smith||15-1|
|2||Shook Up||Robby Albarado||30-1|
|3||Include Betty||Rosemary Homeister Jr.||20-1|
|5||Condo Commando||Joel Rosario||4-1|
|6||Angela Renee||John Velazquez||15-1|
|7||Lovely Maria||Kerwin Clark||5-1|
|8||I'm a Chatterbox||Florent Geroux||4-1|
|11||Sarah Sis||Gary Stevens||30-1|
|12||Stellar Wind||Victor Espinoza||7-2|
|13||Birdatthewire||Irad Ortiz Jr.||6-1|
|AE-15||Peace and War||Julien Leparoux||50-1|
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