Kentucky Oaks 2021

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The Post Position Draw and Morning Line odds for the 2020 Kentucky Oaks took place on Monday morning and the Entries and M/L odds are listed below.

We'll have plenty of coverage of the race right here on HorseRacing.net over the course of the week as Gamine opens up as an even money favorite with Swiss Skydiver 8/5 as the two superstars take dead aim at each other at Churchill Downs on Friday.

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Please vote on our Poll for who you think will win the Kentucky Oaks...

Our in-house handicappers preview of the race is underneath the racecard...

Poll: Who will win the Kentucky Oaks?
Gamine
33%
Swiss Skydiver
33%
Any Other Horse
33%
Vote
53 votes
Poll Ended

Kentucky Oaks Racecard

1
PP 1

Swiss Skydiver

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: T. Gaffalione /
  • Trainer: K. McPeek /
Morning Line Odds
2
PP 2

Tempers Rising

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Leparoux /
  • Trainer: D. Stewart /
Morning Line Odds
3
PP 3

Donna Veloce

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: F. Prat /
  • Trainer: S. Callaghan /
Morning Line Odds
4
PP 4

Speech

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Castellano /
  • Trainer: M. McCarthy /
Morning Line Odds
5
PP 5

Gamine

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Velazquez /
  • Trainer: B. Baffert /
Morning Line Odds
6
PP 6

Bayerness

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: R. Bejarano /
  • Trainer: C. DeVaux /
Morning Line Odds
7
PP 7

Shedaresthedevil

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: F. Geroux /
  • Trainer: B. Cox /
Morning Line Odds
8
PP 8

Hopeful Growth

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: M. Franco /
  • Trainer: A. Margotta Jr. /
Morning Line Odds
9
PP 9

Dream Marie

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Talamo /
  • Trainer: M. Williams /
Morning Line Odds

This preview was originally published in my Churchill Downs All-Stakes Pick-5 Friday Picks column. Please check it out for previews of all of the five races that are part of the All-Stakes Pick-5 sequence today...

A top heavy edition of the G1 Kentucky Oaks features a long-awaited showdown between Swiss Skydiver (#1) and Gamine (#5), the clear leaders of this 3-year-old filly division. In my Kentucky Oaks Top 10 I ranked Gamine ahead of Swiss Skydiver, but now I’m not so sure that’s the right call.

Gamine is truly brilliant. In the G1 Acorn she turned in one of the finest performances by a 3-year-old filly since Rachel Alexandra, and then she followed it up with an equally mesmerizing score in the G1 Test at Saratoga. The trouble with both of these races is that they came around one turn. Swiss Skydiver, meanwhile, has done her best running around two turns.

I was a bit skeptical of Swiss Skydiver’s chances last out in the G1 Alabama going a mile and a quarter, but that proved to be completely unfounded as she waltzed to an easy win and actually earned a career-best 101 Beyer Speed Figure for the performance. Prior to that race I thought a mile and an eighth might be pushing it for her, now I think it’s the clearest advantage she has over Gamine, who is probably superior in terms of raw ability. Ultimately I don’t think you can separate these two as far as multi-race purposes are concerned, but with a gun to my head to make a top pick I have to give the most tepid of nods to Swiss Skydiver, who is going to be the better price of the two. One thing that’s not up for debate: this is going to be a sensational race.

Poor Speech (#4). In any other year she would probably be a heavy favorite in this race. She actually finished just behind Gamine three races ago at Oaklawn Park going 1 1/16 miles, and then was subsequently awarded the victory due to a positive test. I think there are two schools of thought regarding that race: 1. Gamine has since improved by leaps and bounds and is no longer in the same league as Speech, or 2. There isn’t much separating this pair in two-turn races. I tend to think it’s more the former, and Speech was also well beaten by Swiss Skydiver one start later in the G2 Santa Anita Oaks. Her most recent win in the G1 Ashland was legitimately fast, however, and points her out to be a contender in this race. I could envision a scenario in which she actually offers some value as bettors get swept up in the match-race aspect of Swiss Skydiver and Gamine and ignore Speech to a certain extent, though there’s no doubt in my mind she’s the third most likely winner of this race.

I really don’t think anyone else is capable of winning this race barring something catastrophic, but I do think Dream Marie (#9) is a sneaky underneath option in the deepest of exotics. The other logical candidates for third and fourth will likely be chasing the juggernauts of this division early in the race, which is going to compromise their chances, and Dream Marie is a career overachiever who could work out a comfortable trip sitting at the back of the pack as carnage unfolds in front of her. She can’t realistically win this race, however she could come with a belated run to slip into the bottom of the trifecta or superfecta.

Main:  1,5     Backup (priority):  4

Order of preference:  1-5-4-9

Details of the Kentucky Oaks:

When:  September 4, 2020

Where:  Churchill Downs (Louisville, KY)

Purse:  $1,250,000

Race Distance: 1 1/8 mile

Graded Stakes: Grade I

History:  The Kentucky Oaks traditionally takes place the Friday before the Kentucky Derby and is open to fillies. Like the Derby, horses qualify for the race via a series of prep races which give out a variety of points. The top 14 fillies are then offered the chance to start the race. The Oaks is often called colloquially the ‘Lillies for the Fillies’ and the winner is presented with a Silver Kentucky Oaks Trophy.

The first race took place in 1875 and was initially called the Louisville Jockey Club. Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr. founded the race just like he did with the Kentucky Derby. He modeled the race after the Epsom Oaks, which is a race in Great Britain and has been run since 1779.

When it comes to race distances, the Kentucky Oaks has been run at four different lengths with the longest being one and a half miles and the shortest being one mile and a sixteenth. The current race distance is one mile and an eighth, which it has been constantly since 1982.

The biggest priced winner for the race was Lemons Forever who came home as a 47/1 shot in 2006 and Rachel Alexander holds the record for the biggest winning distance, having romped home by 20 and a quarter lengths in 2009. Serengeti Empress won the race in 2019 for Tom Amoss.

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