Kentucky Oaks Profile: Pauline's Pearl

Pauline's Pearl is the second Steve Asmussen trained horse in the field
Pauline's Pearl is the second Steve Asmussen trained horse in the field

Pauline's Pearl has been installed as a 20-1 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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  • 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
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  • 5-1
  • 15-1
  • 15-1
  • 3-1
  • 50-1
  • 30-1
  • 50-1
  • 5-2fav
  • 30-1
  • 3-1
  • 50-1
  • 20-1


  • 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


  • 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...

Her win in the G2 Fantasy at Oaklawn Park certainly earned her a competitive Beyer Speed Figure, but I think it’s fair to question the quality of that field when the two fillies she narrowly defeated seemed way out of their depth in that spot. On the good side, Pauline’s Pearl is an improving sort who has ostensibly run fast enough to potentially win this race, however I have a hard time believing she’s truly near the top of this class, despite what the numbers may say. She’s definitely one to consider, but I get the impression she’s a paper tiger.

J.N's Take...

The Grade III Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park has produced some fine KYO products, but it’s been some time since a filly netted both. This year’s winner of the Hot Springs route is a Steve Asmussen runner who has graduated through the Fair Grounds MSW ranks and made the leap into a 2nd place finish in the OP Honeybee (G3).

Jockey Ricardo Santana rode her to victory in the Fantasy, which bodes well for her Churchill debut. He is a rider that can be a bulldog, which is necessary when you are up against Irad Ortiz and the gang. Getting a decent trip will be the objective and having a Tapit filly under you elicits a vote of confidence. This triangle offense of Asmussen-Santana-Stonestreet Stables always brings strong entries. When it comes to homebreds, they have some brilliant stock. Do not be surprised if this particular one moves forward, and even wins the KYO. It could happen after schooling against some tough competition in Arkansas. Grade: B

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Kentucky Oaks 2021