Kentucky Oaks Profile: Pass the Champagne

Javier Castellano gets the ride aboard Pass the Champagne in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday
Javier Castellano gets the ride aboard Pass the Champagne in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday

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Pass the Champagne has been installed as a 15-1 shot for the Kentucky Oaks. Our in-house handicapper and turf-man both take a look at her chances of winning the 2021 Oaks and you can get full details of all 14-man filly field below.

They have previewed the entire field so to check out all their thoughts on the 14 three-year-old fillies then click on the Gold Kentucky Oaks 2021 button whereupon you'll be taken to our Oaks Home Page with all the profiles listed...

Kentucky Oaks 2021 Entries & Post Positions
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  • Morning Line Odds
  • Jockey
  • Trainer

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Horse

  • Pauline's Pearl
  • Maracuja
  • Clairiere
  • Crazy Beautiful
  • Pass the Champagne
  • Travel Column
  • Ava's Grace
  • Moraz
  • Coach
  • Malathaat
  • Will's Secret
  • Search Results
  • Competitive Speed
  • Millefeuille

Morning Line Odds

  • 20-1
  • 20-1
  • 5-1
  • 15-1
  • 15-1
  • 3-1
  • 50-1
  • 30-1
  • 50-1
  • 5-2fav
  • 30-1
  • 3-1
  • 50-1
  • 20-1

Jockey

  • Ricardo Santana Jr.
  • Kendrick Carmouche
  • Tyler Gaffalione
  • Jose Ortiz
  • Javier Castellano
  • Florent Geroux
  • David Cohen
  • Umberto Rispoli
  • Luis Saez
  • John Velazquez
  • Jon Court
  • Irad Ortiz
  • Chris Linderos
  • Joel Rosario

Trainer

  • Steve Asmussen
  • Rob Atras
  • Steve Asmussen
  • Kenny McPeek
  • George Weaver
  • Brad Cox
  • Robertino Diodoro
  • Michael McCarthy
  • Brad Cox
  • Todd Pletcher
  • Dallas Stewart
  • Chad Brown
  • Javier Gonzalez
  • Bill Mott

Sean's Take...

This was another filly that I was pleasantly surprised by in the G1 Ashland at Keeneland, in which she finished second by a head to top Oaks contender Malathaat. A private purchase earlier this year for what one can only assume was a massive sum, Pass the Champagne has been very good in both starts for her new trainer George Weaver.

Admittedly, I was skeptical of her in the Ashland as she entered the race fresh off a maiden win at Gulfstream Park and was making her first start around two turns, but she addressed those concerns emphatically with a strong runner-up performance. She did get a much better trip than the winner, however she legitimately ran a fantastic race and put a lot of distance between her and the third-place finisher Will’s Secret, who is no slouch. At this point I think an Oaks victory may be a bridge too far for her, but it wouldn’t be shocking if she jumped up with another improved performance in her fourth career start, and a minor award is certainly within reach.

J.N's Take...

Here is another sleeper pick that could be impactful down the lane. George Weaver does not get near the notoriety he probably should. An Oaks win for the conditioner would launch him into the stratosphere. He has a nifty filly out of Flatter that looks like she is maturing at a rapid rate. It was not that long ago that she was entered in a couple of MSW contests at Gulfstream Park. Her conditioner then tossed her in the deep end of the pool in the Ashland Stakes (G1).

Despite any “Graded” experience, she acquitted herself well by just missing against Pletcher’s star. Odds of 5/1 speak to the point that many bettors believed she was capable of moving forward. Javier Castellano gets little due when it comes to dirt routing, when compared to Irad and Rosario. He has the ability to make effective split-second decisions. Getting aboard once again is an absolute dream for these connections. If he can keep this filly close to the engine, he might have a chance to make an impact. Hitting the board is not out of the question. Wise guy alert . . . Grade: B 

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