Thursday, May 5, 2016

Friday's Kentucky Oaks

The 142nd running of the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs will take place tomorrow.  As in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, this seems to be a sire's stakes race this year.  There are fourteen entries in the Oaks - a Grade 1 race for three-year-old fillies, racing 1 and 1/8 miles on the main dirt track, for a purse of $1 million. Post time is announced for 5:49 p.m. EDT.   I will be listing first, the post position; second, name of the filly; third, morning line betting odds; fourth, the filly's sire;  fifth and sixth, the filly's coat color and state where she was foaled; and, seventh, the name of the trainer (if he/she has a horse in the Derby on Saturday)....

1.    Terra Promessa     10 to 1    Curlin         bay, Kentucky        Steve Asmussen
2.    Weep No More      9 to 2     Mineshaft     chestnut, Kentucky
3.    Lewis Bay             8 to 1     Bernardini    bay, Kentucky
4.    Go Maggie Go     12 to 1    Ghostzapper    bay, Kentucky      Dale Romans
5.    Dream Dance       30 to 1    Afleet Alex     bay, Kentucky
6.    Mokat                  20 to 1    Uncle Mo       bay, Kentucky
7.    Mo d'Amour        30 to 1    Uncle Mo       bay, Kentucky        Todd Pletcher
8.    Royal Obsession   20 to 1    Tapit             grey, Kentucky       Steve Asmussen
9.    Paola Queen         30 to 1    Flatter          bay, Kentucky
10. Venus Valentine     30 to 1     Congrats     bay, Kentucky         Thomas Amoss
11. Rachel's Valentina   7 to 2    Bernardini   bay, Kentucky          Todd Pletcher
12. Cathryn Sophia       9 to 2    Street Boss    bay, Maryland
13. Land Over Sea        5 to 1    Bellamy Road   chestnut, Kentucky     Doug O'Neill
14. Taxable                  20 to 1   Tapit              chestnut, Kentucky    Steve Asmussen

Two fillies sired by Tapit; two sired by Uncle Mo; two sired by Bernardini....
Three trained by Steve Asmussen; two trained by Todd Pletcher....
Mike Smith will ride Taxable; John Velasquez rides Rachel's Valentina....
Rachel Alexandra is the dam of Rachel's Valentina; the dam won the Preakness....

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