THE KENTUCKY OAKS – 2009
The Kentucky Derby is the Run for the Roses, but let us not forget about the lilies for the fillies! The winner of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday will be draped in lilies. The Kentucky Oaks is a very important Grade 1 event, and a Daily Double Oaks/Derby wager will be offered. Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound has defected from the field, but it still promises to be an exciting event. Lets take a look at the field!
#1 Tweeter– Miguel Mena will be in the irons for this D. Wayne LUkas trainee. LUkas has won more Kentucky Oaks than any other trainer, and will have three different fillies in the race this year. This one just broke her maiden and is very short on experience. She looks to be a nice runner in the future, but they are asking too much of her to win this prestigious race after only winning a maiden event.
#2 Be Fair– This gal is also a LUkas runner. Ace jockey Rafael Bejarano will be in the irons. She most recently faded to finish 4th by 3 lengths in the Grade 1 Ashland after stalking the pace. Her best race came second out at Oaklawn Park where she won going a mile en route to a 90 BSF. She could hit the board at a nice price, but finding the winners circle would be a tall order.
#3 Stone Legacy– This is the last racer from the LUkas barn. She is long on experience, but short on talent. She enters the race after a :59 4/5 first of twenty six five furlong move. She was 5th in the Grade 3 BOurbounette last out. I cant see her doing too much in this race. LUkas has a bad habit of entering his horses over their head.
#4 Gabbys Golden Gal– Surged to a powerful win last out in the Sunland Oaks, going wire to wire. The winning margin was a massive 13 lengths and her BSF was 86. That was the daughter of Medaglia DOros first time on the natural dirt. Bob Baffert is one of the best in the Game with three-year-olds and if he thinks she is ready to go, thats all I need to know. She will have to step her Game up just a tad, but is not out of the question with Victor Espinoza in the irons.
#5 Justwhistledixie– Julien Leparoux scored a hell of a pick up when he was named the regular rider on this filly. She has won five consecutive races and hasnt really been touched. The daughter of Dixie Union could be any kind when it comes down to it. The pace scenario sets up for her, and she has already proved she likes the distance. She will be the main rival to the favorite.
#6 Rachel Alexandra– What can I say about this filly? If she were in the Kentucky Derby I would bet her without thinking twice. That goes double for this race, but she will be too short of a price here. The offspring of Medaglia DOro has earned a 100+ BSF in three consecutive starts. She is one of only two runners in the field to run a 100+ Beyer number. Her win in the Grade 2 Fantasy was by 8 lengths and couldnt have been any easier. She enters the race after working a bullet :46 2/5 B for Four furlongs. All systems go!
#7 Nan– I can forgive her last race when she finished fifth in the Ashland because regular jock Corey Nakatani was not in the irons. She has been running behind Stardom Bound most of the year, and with a bit of luck she could find herself on the board here. Dont look for her to win, but she stands a shot to fill out the trifecta or superfecta.
#8 Flying Spur– Garrett Gomez and Bill Mott; you have to love that jockey/trainer combination! This girl was most recently second to Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes where she earned a BSF of 100. The stretch out in distance can only help, as she was making up ground on Rachel Alexandra late in the Game last out. The daughter of Giants Causeway is a threat to win.
1st- Rachel Alexandra (3/5)
2nd- Gabbys Golden Goose (10-1)
3rd- Justwhistledixie (5/2)
$5 OAKS/DERBY DOUBLE (6/5,6,10,11,12,15)
$10 EXACTA 6/4,8
$2 TRIFECTA 6/4,5,8/4,5,7,8
$2 SUPERFECTA 6/4,5,8/2,4,5,7,8/2,4,5,7,8
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