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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)

         
Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Sept. 16 Pocahontas Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Sept. 30 Chandelier Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Oct. 6 Alcibiades Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
Oct. 8 Frizette Belmont Park 1 Mile 10 4 2 1
Nov. 4 BC Juvenile Fillies Del Mar 1 1/16 Miles 20 8 4 2
Nov. 18 Delta Downs Princess Delta Downs 1 Mile 10 4 2 1
*Nov. 25 Demoiselle Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles 10 4 2 1
Nov. 25 Golden Rod Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
*Dec. 9 Starlet Los Alamitos 1 1/16 Miles 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 7 Santa Ynez Santa Anita 7 Furlongs 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 14 Busanda Aqueduct 1 Mile 70 Yards 10 4 2 1
*Jan. 20 Silverbulletday Fair Grounds 1 Mile 70 Yards 10 4 2 1
*Feb. 3 Forward Gal Gulfstream Park 7 Furlongs 10 4 2 1
*Feb. 4 Las Virgenes Santa Anita 1 Mile 10 4 2 1
*Feb. 10 +Suncoast Tampa Bay Downs 1 Mile 40 Yards 10 4 2 1
Feb. 10 Martha Washington Oaklawn Park 1 Mile 10 4 2 1

Kentucky Oaks Championship Series (15 races)

Date Race Racetrack Distance 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
*Feb 22 UAE Oaks Meydan Racecourse 1 3/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*Feb. 24 Busher Aqueduct 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*Feb. 24 Rachel Alexandra Fair Grounds 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*March 3 Davona Dale Gulfstream Park 1 Mile 50 20 10 5
*March 3 Santa Ysabel Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
10-Mar Honeybee Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
17-Mar Bourbonette Oaks Turfway Park 1 Mile (S) 20 8 4 2
*March 24 Fair Grounds Oaks Fair Grounds 1 1/16 Miles 100 40 20 10
25-Mar Sunland Park Oaks Sunland Park 1 1/16 Miles 50 20 10 5
*March 31 Gulfstream Park Oaks Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 7 Ashland Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 7 Santa Anita Oaks Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 7 Gazelle Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles 100 40 20 10
13-Apr Fantasy Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles 100 40 20 10
*April 19 Beaumont Keeneland 7 Furlongs 10 4 2 1

 

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 Rank

Horse

Points

1

Farrell

170

2

Miss Sky Warrior

160

3

Ever So Clever

106

4

Sailor's Valentine

100

5

Paradise Woods

100

6

Salty

100

7

It Tiz Well

74

8

Abel Tasman

70

9

Unique Bella

70

10

Daddys Lil Darling

60

11

Chanel's Legacy

51

12

Tequilita

50

13

Yorkiepoo Princess

50

14

Lockdown

50

15

Ghalia

50

16

Purely a Dream

50

17

Wicked Lick

49

18

Vexatious

40

19

Jordan's Henny

40

20

Full House

40

21

Champagne Room

23

22

Benner Island

20

23

Kell Paso

20

24

Someday Soon

20

25

Majestic Quality

20

26

Awesome Boss

20

27

Valadorna

18

28

Mopotism

16

29

Shane's Girlfriend

12

30

Torrent

12

31

Tapped

11

32

Summer Luck

11

33

Dancing Rags

10

34

Yellow Agate

10

35

Noted and Quoted

10

36

Tiz Rae Anna

10

37

Elate

10

38

What What What

10

39

Daria's Angel

10

40

Stay Fond

10

41

Spooky Woods

10

42

Nonna Bella

10

43

Darkwingsoverdubai

10

44

Libby's Tail

9

45

American Gal

8

46

No Sweat

7

47

Tapa Tapa Tapa

5

48

Modacious

5

49

Conquest Slayer

5

50

Mistressofthenight

5

51

Gilded Lily

5

52

Pretty City Dancer

4

53

With Honors

4

54

Jamyson 'n Ginger

4

55

Cajun Delta Dawn

4

56

My Sweet Stella

4

57

Gris Gris

3

58

Fun

2

59

Bling On the Music

2

60

Flatter Up

2

61

Colorful Charades

2

62

Zapperkat

2

63

Brahms Cat

2

64

Bonita Bianca

2

65

Miss Southern Miss

1

66

Nonna Mela

1

67

Dream Dancing

1

68

Caroline Test

1

69

Lovely Bernadette

1

70

Frank's Folly

1

71

Princess Karen

1

72

Summertime Sky

1

 

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