The flood of 15 sophomore fillies will advance to $ 1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs on Friday. What happened on the big day of the competition attracted three-year-olds who will walk 1 1/8 miles on the ground in one of the most memorable races of all time.
Kentucky Oaks Picks
- # 1 Oath of Confidentiality
- # 10 Kathleen O.
- # 7 Echo Zulu
- # 4 Nest
- # 2 Nostalgic
Competitors in Kentucky Oaks
# 1 SECRET LIST (6-1) gymnasts this season and coming in third best in the Arkansas Derby (G1) against the boys of D. Wayne Lukas. The Arrogate filly comedian will be a perfect fit with the seven ways to try under his belt so far, and if he can get rid of the deceptive railroad, then he beats in my mind. Luis Saez is taking the lead.
# 2 NOSTALGIC (15-1) it has never been better for Bill Mott. Godolphin’s home team showed great form as they covered Gazelle S. (G3) last season, and further progress will give him a big chance Friday under Jose Ortiz. The price is right, too.
# 3 HIGHLIGHTS (20-1) has a Grade 3 pass from a single competition in teacher training Bret Calhoun. The Connect girl was well-prepared for the second straight in Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), and managed to climb to her third peak at the start. Reylu Gutierrez has the job.
# 4 CHISA (5-2) roared home the certified 8 1/4-tall winner of Todd Pletcher’s Ashland S. (G1). Curlin who was beaten once showed progress in his life, and wrote two morning tests during this time. He has been following the trend since the beginning with full-time pilot Irad Ortiz on the run.
# 5 GOD OF FIRE (15-1) was the second best finish in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) on his recent trip. Mineshaft’s daughter has not yet gone through with the signature, but she has been around several times and attracts attention with exotics at a good price. John Velazquez will lead Pletcher student.
# 6 YUUGIRI (30-1) led in every song to record his first victory in Fantasy S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park last season. The bay filly has never missed a team in his five-game career, but will spend the rest of his life frustrating the players on Friday. Florent Geroux will lead the best sophomore consistently.
# 7 ECHO ZULU (4-1) brings him an unbeatable mark on Oaks for Steve Asmussen. The Grade 1 thriller three times got tired late at Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) recently in his first try of the season, but he did late and did well. The two-year-old has not been in the top four and is likely to hold under Rosario.
Echo Zulu poses in Churchill Downs in front of Kentucky Oaks (Photo by Coady Photography)
# 8 VENTI VALENTINE (20-1) has completed the first or second in each of his five life attempts to date Jorge Abreu. Dual stakes victress has a moving track system and is reaching its climax with the third show in 2022. Tyler Gaffalione is in the silk of the New York-bred Firing Line filly, who looks like a competitor.
# 9 RELIGION IN THE WORKPLACE (20-1) upset Santa Anita Oaks (G2) and he comes under the radar of Philip D’Amato. The three-year-old Cupid has certainly turned a corner on his recent corner, but the Arizona-player should prove to me in the full range of top rivals before I can help him with confidence. Umberto Rispoli will lead the California invader.
# 10 KATHLEEN O. (7-2) and four out of four as he shows Shif McGaughey’s ever-destructive turnaround. Upstart’s daughter presents a picture of a satisfied man who will do well on his journey up to nine stadia, and has posted three excellent morning trips awaiting his biggest test so far. Javier Castellano holds the record.
# 11 11 minutes OF COCKTAIL (30-1) has won or put in any project shown so far, which also included a daytime victory over Churchill Downs in his two games. The dark bay Uncle Mo’s daughter was the second player in Ashland S. (G1) last season with a lot of exotics to attract the field of coach Kenny McPeek. Corey Lanerie has caused a man to run late on top of that funny picture.
# 12 CANDY RAID (30-1) hit home to record a clear victory at All-Weather in Bourbonette Oaks recently for coach Keith Desormeaux. The Candy Ride filly did not go well on the ground, however, and would be very surprised by the section.
# 13 SHHAHAMA (15-1) priced like a wildcard in the production when he first appeared on the US board. Munnings’ daughter went four to four in Dubai this campaign, winning every race with a good margin from speed, and could be any race in her first Pletcher race. Born in Kentucky will have Flavien Prat in silk, which is obviously good.
# 14 TEACHER (20-1) tired of late at Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) following a good calculation in Rachel Alexandra S. (G2) of conditioner Brad Cox. The skilled nyquist throws a huge following in the field, and they seem to be cut off from the competition in the field during this time of growth. Manny Franco will inherit.
# 15 PANGANI (30-1) is the first in Peitz’s even greater list. Mgoza has done well in every career so far, but he needs to jump hard to compete with the team late if he joins the team.