Nest winning the Demoiselle last year. She is the 5-2 favorite for the 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 Monday morning the post positions were drawn for the 148th Longines Kentucky Oaks and a full field of fourteen 3-year-old fillies (plus one also-eligible) made the entry box for this $1.25 million Grade 1 event over 1 1/8 miles on the main track.
Drawing the posts for the Kentucky Oaks
Nest is the 5-2 morning line favorite off a three race win streak including the Demoiselle (G2) at Aqueduct, Suncoast at Tampa Bay, and the Ashland (G1) at Keeneland. Regular rider Irad Ortiz Jr. gets the call for trainer Todd Pletcher from post 4. Kathleen O. is the 7-2 second choice, undefeated in 4 starts including the Davona Dale (G2) and Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) both at Gulfstream. Regulr rider Javier Castellano breaks from post 10 for trainer Shug McGaughey. The third choice is Echo Zulu at 4-1, undefeated in 5 starts including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). Regulr rider Joel Rosario will be in the irons again for trainer Steve Asmussen out of the 7 post.
Entries for the entire Kentucky Oaks card can be found on Equibase. Free past performances are available from BRISnet here (look for Nest). Post time for the Kentucky Oaks is 5:51pm (race 11) and you can watch it and the 5 undercard stakes on USA Network Friday afternoon from 1:00-6:00pm 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.
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2023 Road to the Kentucky Derby - All the point earning races on the Triple Crown Trail leading up to the Kentucky Derby with results and winners updated as they are run.
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2023 Kentucky Derby And Oaks Security - New enhanced stricter rules with no onsite parking were enforced in 2018, and are in effect again this year. Be sure to read the rules if you are attending. There will still be magnetic wand searches of all patrons and many things are no longer allowed. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
Kentucky Derby Prep Races - What races should a horse prep in to win the Kentucky Derby? Some races may seem obvious, but have not produced a Derby winner in many years. Find out which races are the best preps here.
Kentucky Derby Winners and Auction Prices - Bigger may seem better, but in the case of Kentucky Derby horses who sold at auction, less is more. Here is a look at how (badly) high priced auction purchases have done in the Kentucky Derby and the auction prices for this year's top Derby contenders.
Kentucky Derby Traditions - Find out all about the big Derby Traditions: the rose garland, the trophy, the Twin Spires, mint juleps, singing "My Old Kentucy Home", fancy hats, celebrities and the annual Derby glasses.
Fillies in the Kentucky Derby - a look at the 39 fillies who have contested the Run for the Roses and how they did. So far there have been 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 5 thirds.
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