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Paradise Woods winning the Santa Anita Oaks.
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  • 2017 Kentucky Oaks Entries

    Date: 05/02/2017

    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 143rd 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.

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    Drawing the posts for the 2017 Kentucky Oaks with Racing Secretary Ben Huffman and Stakes Coordinator Dan Bork
    As expected, Paradise Woods is the 5-2 morning line favorite off her 11-length romp in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita. Regular rider Flavien Prat gets the call for trainer Richard Mandella out of post 4. In to challenge her include 9-2 second choice Miss Sky Warrior, winner of 5 straight including the Gazelle (G2). Regular rider Paco Lopez will break from post 10 for trainer Kelly Breen. Two fillies are 5-1 third choice in the morning line. Farrell and regular jockey Channing Hill drew post 7 for trainer Wayne Catalano. Winner of 4 straight, she swept the Fair Grounds prep series winning the Silverbulletday, Rachel Alexandra (G2), and Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). Bob Baffert trainee Abel Tasman drew post 13. After winning the Starlet (G1) at Los Alamitos she finished second in both the Santa Ysabel (G3) and the Santa Anita Oaks (G1). Mike Smith gets the call Friday.

    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 Abel Tasman). 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.

    1Ever So CleverLuis Contreras20-1
    2LockdownJose Ortiz20-1
    3MopotismMario Gutierrez20-1
    4Paradise WoodsFlavien Prat5-2
    5Jordan's HennyJoe Rocco Jr.30-1
    6VexatiousKent Desormeaux20-1
    7FarrellChanning Hill5-1
    8Sailor's ValentineCorey Lanerie30-1
    9Wicked LickBrian Hernandez Jr.30-1
    10Miss Sky WarriorPaco Lopez9-2
    11TequilitaLuis Saez20-1
    12Daddys Lil DarlingJulien Leparoux20-1
    13Abel TasmanMike Smith5-1
    14SaltyJoel Rosario6-1
    15-AESummer LuckTBA30-1

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