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Bellafina winning the Santa Anita Oaks.
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  • 2019 Kentucky Oaks Entries

    Date: 04/29/2019

    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 Monday morning the post positions were drawn for the 145th Longines Kentucky Oaks and a full field of 14 3-year-old fillies (plus 2 also-eligibles) made the entry box for this $1.25 million Grade 1 event over 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

    As expected, Bellafina is the 2-1 favorite in the morning line off a 3 race win streak including the Santa Ynez (G2), Las Virgenes (G2), and Santa Anita Oaks (G1). Flavien Prat, who has been aboard for all 8 of her starts, rides again for trainer Simon Callaghan from post 4. In to challenge her include two fillies listed at 6-1 second choice: Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) winner Champagne Anyone will break from post 10 under Chris Landeros for trainer Ian Wilkes, while Restless Rider drew the outside post 14. She finished second in her last 3 starts - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Golden Rod (G2), and Ashland (G1). Regular rider Brian Hernandez Jr. will be in the irons for trainer Ken McPeek. It is worth noting that although Gulfstream Park Oaks runner-up Dunbar Road failed to draw into the field and is the first also-eligible with saddlecloth 15, should there be a scratch she would be the 5-1 second choice for trainer Chad Brown, with Jose Ortiz the named rider. Scratch time for both Derby and Oaks cards is Friday at 9:00am.

    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 Restless Rider). Post time for the Kentucky Oaks is 6:12pm (race 11) and you can watch it and the 5 undercard stakes on NBC Sports Network Friday afternoon from noon-6:30pm 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.

    1Out for a SpinIrad Ortiz Jr.15-1
    2Chocolate KissesJulien Leparoux20-1
    3Lady AppleRicardo Santana Jr.20-1
    4BellafinaFlavien Prat2-1
    5Flor de la MarJoel Rosario20-1
    6Positive SpiritManny Franco30-1
    7JaywalkJavier Castellano8-1
    8Motion EmotionMike Smith15-1
    9LioraChanning Hill20-1
    10Champagne AnyoneChris Landeros6-1
    11JeltrinLuis Saez15-1
    12Street BandSophie Doyle15-1
    13Serengeti EmpressJose Ortiz8-1
    14Restless RiderBrian Hernandez Jr.6-1
    15-AEDunbar RoadJose Ortiz5-1
    16-AEPoint of HonorJohn Velazquez30-1

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