road to the kentucky oaks

‘Extremely Talented’ Four Graces Goes In Search Of Oaks Points In Saturday’s Dogwood

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ Four Graces, an impressive winner of a first-level allowance event three weeks ago beneath the Twin Spires, will attempt her first try at stakes competition as she tops eight 3-year-old fillies that were entered in Saturday’s 45th running of the $100,000 Dogwood presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade III). The seven-furlong Dogwood, carded as […]

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Swiss Skydiver Upsets Venetian Harbor In Fantasy Stakes

Peter Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver, coming off a victory in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks, powered past front-running Venetian Harbor, the 4-5 favorite, to win Friday’s Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., by 2 1/2 lengths. Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. and trained by Kenny McPeek, the daughter of the More […]

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Venetian Harbor Favored Over Champion British Idiom In Oaklawn’s Fantasy

Horses from all parts of the country converging for Friday’s ninth race at Oaklawn isn’t a fantasy. It is the Fantasy, a $400,000 Grade 3 stakes race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles that drew a full field of 14, including champion British Idiom and four Grade 2 winners. Probable post time for the […]

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‘Something Special’: Venetian Harbor Breezes For Fantasy Stakes At Oaklawn

Venetian Harbor breezed after the first break Friday morning at Oaklawn Park, covering 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 in advance of the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies May 1. Under Tyler Baze, Venetian Harbor galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13 and 7 furlongs in 1:25. “She worked phenomenal,” Baze said after getting on Venetian […]

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Bonny South Blows By Rivals In Fair Grounds Oaks

Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Bonny South made it look easy in Saturday’s Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks, circling the field and pulling away to win by about 2 1/2 lengths. The 3-year-old daughter of Munnings was sent to post at odds of 6-1 off a pair of wins in allowance company from three starts. Ridden by […]

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Kentucky Oaks Leader Finite Goes For More Points, Sixth Straight Win In Fair Ground Oaks

Heading into her expected start in Saturday’s $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), Winchell Thoroughbreds and Thomas Reiman, William Dickson, and Debbie Easter’s Finite will carry with her the weighty expectations that come with being her division’s pro tem leader. It is a reputation she earned when she handily defeated champion British Idiom in the […]

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Four Grands Impresses On Debut At Gulfstream, ‘Could Show Up In The Gulfstream Oaks’

Albaugh Family Stables LLC’s Four Grands made her career debut in style Sunday at Gulfstream Park, scoring impressively and comfortably by 6 ¼ lengths in Race 2, a six-furlong maiden for 3-year-old fillies. The homebred daughter of Honor Code, who was sent to post as the 8-5 favorite, ran six furlongs in 1:11.67 while geared […]

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Water White Just Up To Score Oaks Points In Busher

E.V. Racing Stable’s Water White displayed a devastating late kick and ran down longshot Kansas Kis in the final strides, pulling off a 17-1 upset in Saturday’s 41st running of the $250,000 Busher Invitational at Aqueduct Racetrack – a 50-20-10-5-point qualifier on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. Trained by Rudy Rodriguez, who saddled Condo […]

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Nine Go In Search Of Oaks Points In Oaklawn’s Honeybee

An evenly matched field of nine, including a pair for trainer Kenny McPeek, is entered in the $300,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Oaklawn. The Honeybee goes as the ninth of 10 races, with probable post time 5:09 p.m. (Central). Racing begins Saturday at 1:05 p.m. The infield will be open for […]

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