Meet the Contenders: 2024 Kentucky Oaks

April 23rd, 2024

Meet the horses running in the 2024 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your stable alerts.


Tarifa (Photo by Hodges Photgraphy)

#1 Tarifa                           *****

Pro: Dominated the key Fair Grounds preps, which produced last year’s Oaks winner.

Con: Proved a bit hard to settle in Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and faces a much bigger field this time.

#2 Where’s My Ring           ***

Pro: Bolted up to win Gazelle (G3) at Aqueduct, her first win in eight tries.

Con: This is a far more difficult assignment for a filly unused to winning much.

Power Squeeze (Photo by Coglianese Photography / Credit to Lauren King)

#3 Power Squeeze             ****

Pro: Enters on a four-race win streak, including rallying Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) triumph. 

Con: Beat fillies last time with questionable stamina; tougher challenge here.

Leslie's Rose wins the Ashland (G1) at Keeneland (Photo by Coady Media)

#4 Leslie’s Rose                 *****

Pro: Bounced back from first loss to win Ashland (G1) very impressively.

Con: Struggled racing inside rivals two back, still a potential issue.

Thorpedo Anna wins the Fantasy S. at Oaklawn Park (Photo by Coady Photography / Credit to Renee Torbit)

#5 Thorpedo Anna             ****

Pro: Delivered scintillating win in the Fantasy (G3) off the bench; has won three of four.

Con: Hasn’t quite faced this quality of rival yet, and that’s the main drawback.

Just F Y I wins the Frizette (G1) at Aqueduct (Photo by Coglianese Photography / Credit to Chelsea Durand)

#6 Just F Y I                       ****

Pro: Juvenile champ ran well in Ashland, a race she needed off a long break.

Con: Some division rivals seem to have caught up with and passed her; must quicken some.

GIn Gin at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

#7 Gin Gin                         *

Pro: Owns useful experience over the Churchill strip, including a stakes placing. 

Con: Made little impact in softer Aqueduct preps.

Fiona's Magic wins the Dovona Dale (Photo by Coglianese Photography / Credit to Angelo Lieto)

#8 Fiona’s Magic                *

Pro: Davona Dale (G2) heroine threw in towel early last time; capable of better.

Con: Speedy lass would seemingly be a lot more competitive around one turn.

Tapit Jenallie at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

#9 Tapit Jenallie                 *

Pro: Stakes winner has been landing minor shares at Oaklawn, for what it’s worth.

Con: Winless since November and must take it up several notches to get a piece here.

Everland wins the Bourbonette Oaks (Photo by Coady Photography)

#10 Everland                       *

Pro: 2-for-3 since the claim, including upset win in Bourbonette Oaks.

Con: Unproven over a conventional dirt track and lacks relative back class.

Lemon Muffin breaking her maiden in the Honeybee (G3) at Oaklawn Park (Photo by Coady Photography/Renee Torbit)

Lemon Muffin breaking her maiden in the Honeybee (G3) at Oaklawn Park (Photo by Coady Photography/Renee Torbit)

#11 Lemon Muffin               **

Pro: Dazzling maiden win in Honeybee (G3) two back for five-time Oaks winner Lukas.

Con: Never involved in the Fantasy and perhaps a cut or two below the best here.

Into Champagne wins the Glitter Woman (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#12 Into Champagne           **

Pro: Consistent record so far, winning or placing in all four starts.

Con: Duel and fade over 1 1/16 miles suggest nine furlongs might be a stretch


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#13 Ways and Means           ****

Pro: Tough-trip second in Gulfstream Park Oaks off long layoff; can progress.

Con: Best odds ever await longtime backers, but still likely to be overbet.

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#14 Manama Gold               **

Pro: Louisiana-bred cut her teeth in Dubai, where she went undefeated over the winter.

Con: Wasn’t facing much overseas and runner-up in UAE Oaks (G3) still a maiden.


Our Pretty Woman at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

#15 Our Pretty Woman        ***

Pro: Ran super in stakes debut loss to Tarifa by a narrow margin.

Con: Likely must deal with a lot of other speed here while stretching out farther.

#16 Candied                        ***

Pro: One of the best of her generation at two and can move forward off belated season debut.

Con: Never made an impact despite going favored in Ashland.