Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kentucky Oaks Post Positions

The field for the $1 million, 1 1/8 mile race, in post-position order, with jockeys, and Friday's morning-line odds:
1—Joyful Victory, Mike Smith, 5-2
2—Lilacs and Lace, Javier Castellano, 12-1
3—Summer Soiree, Gabriel Saez, 5-1
4—Kathmanblu, Julien Leparoux, 4-1
5—Suave Voir Faire, Miguel Mena, 50-1
6—Zazu, Joel Rosario, 4-1
7—Her Smile, Garrett Gomez, 20-1
8—Bouquet Booth, Robby Albarado, 20-1
9—Daisy Devine, James Graham, 20-1
10—Street Storm, Shaun Bridgmohan, 50-1
11—Holy Heavens, Kent Desormeaux, 50-1
12—Plum Pretty, Martin Garcia, 5-1
13—St. John's River, Rosie Napravnik, 30-1

My picks run from the 6, 9, and 13 gates; St. John's River will have Rosie Napravnik in the irons. Napravnik is the only female jockey riding in this year's Derby (on Pants on Fire). ** The Kentucky Oaks will be broadcast live on the Versus network on cable and satellite TV on Friday, from 5:00 EDT until 6:00 EDT.**

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