2024 Kentucky Oaks winner: Thorpedo Anna (4-1) wins the 150th Kentucky Oaks

May 3rd, 2024

Over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs, 4-1 second choice Thorpedo Anna led all the way to win the 150th running of the historic $1.5 million Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Trained by Kenny McPeek and ridden to victory by Brian Hernandez Jr., Thorpedo Anna broke inward at the start but recovered to assume the lead through quick fractions of :22.87 and :46.79. Longshot Fiona’s Magic pressed the tempo in second place, followed closely on the outside by Ways and Means. Meanwhile, Just F Y I rated between rivals in fifth position.

Rounding the final turn, Ways and Means tried to mount a bid, and Just F Y I swept into contention on the far outside. But Thorpedo Anna was still full of run, and down the homestretch she kicked away to win the 1 1/8-mile race by 4 3/4 lengths in 1:50.83.

Just F Y I finished clearly second-best over Regulatory Risk, who rallied for third place. Ways and Means faded to fourth, followed by Everland, Power Squeeze, Into Champagne, Lemon Muffin, Tarifa, Where's My Ring, Our Pretty Woman, Gin Gin, Leslie's Rose, and Fiona's Magic. Tapit Jenallie and Candied scratched.

Both Hernandez and McPeek were winning the Oaks for the first time. McPeek had previously saddled Oaks runners-up Swiss Skydiver (2020), Daddys Lil Darling (2017), and Take Charge Lady (2002).

Thorpedo Anna paid $10.98 to win, $6.06 to place, and $4.36 to show. Just F Y I triggered a place payoff of $5.06 and a show payoff of $3.98, while a show bet on Regulatory Risk yielded $11.82. The $2 exacta paid $38.20, the 50-cent trifecta $448.58, and the $1 superfecta $4,275.21. No one hit the $1 Super High 5.

Bred in Kentucky by Judy Hicks, Thorpedo Anna is a daughter of Fast Anna out of Sataves, by Uncle Mo, She races for the partnership of Brookdale Racing, Mark Edwards, Judy B. Hicks, and Magdalena Racing. Her lifetime racing record following the Kentucky Oaks stands at four wins and a second from five starts, and she’s 2-for-2 in 2024, having opened the season with a four-length score in the Fantasy (G2) at Oaklawn Park.