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Kentucky Oaks Prep Races

As the premiere event for three-year-old fillies in the spring, the Kentucky Oaks carries plenty of prestige and a lucrative payday (at least $600,000 to the winner) for connections. The 1 1/8-mile race can be oversubscribed as a result, with only 14 runners allowed in the starting gate. Churchill Downs instituted a new format in 2013 to determine eligibility with a Road to the Kentucky Oaks points system and schedule.

Called the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series, points are awarded on a sliding scale to the top 4 finishers in designated prep races. The Oaks Road typicaly kicks off with the Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs and will be run on September 16, 2018 and will continue through the Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland on April 19, 2018.

These prep races are divided into two categories – the Kentucky Oaks Prep Season and Kentucky Oaks Championship Series. The Prep Season runs through February 10, awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 basis to the top four respective finishers. The only exception is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies which prsents 20-8-4-2.

The Championship Series begins in February and holds seven races on the Championship Series schedule offering 50-20-10-5 points; six other races, which are known as the final round of major prep races, award 100-40-20-10; and two outliers are the Bourbonette Oaks at 20-8-4-2 and Beaumont 10-4-2-1.

Thus, like it’s more celebrated brother, the Kentucky Derby (G1), the Kentucky Oaks (G1) prep race series consisted of 30 races at Churchill Downs on September 16, 2018, and concludes with the Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland on April 19, 2018.

List of 2018 Kentucky Oaks Prep Races

2017-18 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS SCHEDULE
31 Races       
Kentucky Oaks Prep Season (16 races)     
DateRaceRacetrackDistance1st2nd3rd4th
Sept. 16PocahontasChurchill Downs1 1/16 Miles10421
Sept. 30ChandelierSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles10421
Oct. 6AlcibiadesKeeneland1 1/16 Miles10421
Oct. 8FrizetteBelmont Park1 Mile10421
Nov. 4BC Juvenile FilliesDel Mar1 1/16 Miles20842
Nov. 18Delta Downs PrincessDelta Downs1 Mile10421
*Nov. 25DemoiselleAqueduct1 1/8 Miles10421
Nov. 25Golden RodChurchill Downs1 1/16 Miles10421
*Dec. 9StarletLos Alamitos1 1/16 Miles10421
*Jan. 7Santa YnezSanta Anita7 Furlongs10421
*Jan. 14BusandaAqueduct1 Mile 70 Yards10421
*Jan. 20SilverbulletdayFair Grounds1 Mile 70 Yards10421
*Feb. 3Forward GalGulfstream Park7 Furlongs10421
*Feb. 4Las VirgenesSanta Anita1 Mile10421
*Feb. 10+SuncoastTampa Bay Downs1 Mile 40 Yards10421
Feb. 10Martha WashingtonOaklawn Park1 Mile10421
Kentucky Oaks Championship Series (15 races)
DateRaceRacetrackDistance1st2nd3rd4th
*Feb 22UAE OaksMeydan Racecourse1 3/16 Miles5020105
*Feb. 24BusherAqueduct1 1/16 Miles5020105
*Feb. 24Rachel AlexandraFair Grounds1 1/16 Miles5020105
*March 3Davona DaleGulfstream Park1 Mile5020105
*March 3Santa YsabelSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles5020105
10-MarHoneybeeOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles5020105
17-MarBourbonette OaksTurfway Park1 Mile (S)20842
*March 24Fair Grounds OaksFair Grounds1 1/16 Miles100402010
25-MarSunland Park OaksSunland Park1 1/16 Miles5020105
*March 31Gulfstream Park OaksGulfstream Park1 1/16 Miles100402010
*April 7AshlandKeeneland1 1/16 Miles100402010
*April 7Santa Anita OaksSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles100402010
*April 7GazelleAqueduct1 1/8 Miles100402010
13-AprFantasyOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles100402010
*April 19BeaumontKeeneland7 Furlongs10421

2017 Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard

Each race was one by a different filly, and earned each a starting spot in the Kentucky Oaks’ starting gate:

  • Salty (Gulfstream Park Oaks)
  • Farrell (Fair Grounds Oaks)
  • Sailor’s Valentine (Ashland)
  • Paradise Woods (Santa Anita Oaks)
  • Miss Sky Warrior (Gazelle)
  • Ever So Clear (Fantasy)
Points RankHorsePoints
1Farrell170
2Miss Sky Warrior160
3Ever So Clever106
4Sailor’s Valentine100
5Paradise Woods100
6Salty100
7It Tiz Well74
8Abel Tasman70
9Unique Bella70
10Daddys Lil Darling60
11Chanel’s Legacy51
12Tequilita50
13Yorkiepoo Princess50
14Lockdown50
15Ghalia50
16Purely a Dream50
17Wicked Lick49
18Vexatious40
19Jordan’s Henny40
20Full House40
21Champagne Room23
22Benner Island20
23Kell Paso20
24Someday Soon20
25Majestic Quality20
26Awesome Boss20
27Valadorna18
28Mopotism16
29Shane’s Girlfriend12
30Torrent12
31Tapped11
32Summer Luck11
33Dancing Rags10
34Yellow Agate10
35Noted and Quoted10
36Tiz Rae Anna10
37Elate10
38What What What10
39Daria’s Angel10
40Stay Fond10
41Spooky Woods10
42Nonna Bella10
43Darkwingsoverdubai10
44Libby’s Tail9
45American Gal8
46No Sweat7
47Tapa Tapa Tapa5
48Modacious5
49Conquest Slayer5
50Mistressofthenight5
51Gilded Lily5
52Pretty City Dancer4
53With Honors4
54Jamyson ‘n Ginger4
55Cajun Delta Dawn4
56My Sweet Stella4
57Gris Gris3
58Fun2
59Bling On the Music2
60Flatter Up2
61Colorful Charades2
62Zapperkat2
63Brahms Cat2
64Bonita Bianca2
65Miss Southern Miss1
66Nonna Mela1
67Dream Dancing1
68Caroline Test1
69Lovely Bernadette1
70Frank’s Folly1
71Princess Karen1
72Summertime Sky1