Friday, May 3, 2019
Kentucky Oaks Coming Up With Full Field
Skies have cleared at Churchill Downs in Louisville and the track is listed as fast as the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade 1) approaches with scheduled post of 6:12 p.m. Eastern.
The Oaks is 1 1/8 miles on dirt for 3-year-old fillies and has a full field of 14 starters.
With 20 minutes to post, Bellafina (4) is the 9-5 favorite. She won three graded stakes at Santa Anita this year. Flaven Prat will ride for trainer Simon Callaghan.
Among those likely to be at 10-1 or lower are Out For a Spin (1), Restless Rider (14) and Jaywalk (7). They finished first through third in the 1 1/16 mile Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on April 6.
The field is loaded with early speed, including Bellafina and Jaywalk.
Jeltrin (11), winner of this year's Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream, is among horses that could be running strong in the stretch and get into the superfecta if a speed duel develops.