The fillies never get the press the boys do, but on Friday they get the spotlight in the Longines Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, despite the race being rescheduled and run with no spectators. On Monday morning the post positions were drawn for the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks and a field of just nine 3-year-old fillies made the entry box for this $1.25 million Grade 1 event over 1 1/8 miles on the main track.
As expected, Gamine is the even money morning line favorite, undefeated in 4 starts so far including the Acorn (G1) at Belmont and the Test (G1) at Saratoga. Regular rider John Velazquez retains the mount from post 5 for trainer Bob Baffert. In to challenger her include 8-5 second choice Swiss Skydiver, winner of the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga after finishing 2nd in the Blue Grass (G1), with Tyler Gaffalione aboard for trainer Ken McPeek from the rail, and 5-1 third choice Speech. winner of the Ashland (G1) after finishing second in the Santa Anita Oaks (G2). Javier Castellano will be in the irons from post 4 for trainer Mike McCarthy.
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 Gamine). 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.
2020 Kentucky Derby Entries - A field of 18 was entered on Tuesday for the Kentucky Derby (G1) to be run on Saturday. Belmont and Travers winner Tiz the Law is the 3-5 morning line favorite and drew post 17. Honor A.P. is 5-1 from post 16 and Authentic is 8-1 from post 18. Get all the horses, odds, and free past performances here.
2020 Longines Kentucky Oaks Entries - A field of only 9 fillies was entered on Monday for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) to be run on Friday. Undefeated Gamine is the even money morning line favorite with Swiss Skydiver the second choice at 8-5. Get all the horses, odds, and free past performances here.
Monday Kentucky Derby and Oaks works - Monday morning at Churchill Downs, Max Player had a timed work in preparation for the Kentucky Derby, while Art Collector, Major Fed, Necker Island, and Sole Volante galloped. Dream Marie, Shedaresthedevil, and Swiss Skydiver also galloped in preparation for the Oaks. Check out photos and comments here.
Saturday Kentucky Derby and Oaks works - Saturday morning at Churchill Downs, Enforceable, King Guillermo, and Swiss Skydiver had timed works in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, while Attachment Rate had a gallop with a work planned for Sunday. Check out photos and comments here.
Del Mar Workouts 8/28-8/30/2020 - This weekend at Del Mar, Authentic, Gamine, Honor A.P., Storm the Court, and Thousand Words had timed works in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. Bonus photos of Maximum Security and McKinzie! Check out photos and comments here.
Pool 5 - June 26-28 (additional date due to postponement of the Derby)
Pool 6 - July 17-19 (additional date due to postponement of the Derby)
Pool 7 - August 7-9 (additional date due to postponement of the Derby)
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Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2019 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks. Revamped for 2019 with updated info.
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Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.