Kentucky Oaks Results
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2017 Kentucky Oaks
Following a gruelling eight-month prep race series, the 2017 Kentucky Oaks (G1) finally showcased its main event race that featured 14 of today’s top fillies. All eyes were on one filly in particular though, Paradise Woods, who was sent in as the pre-race favorite with morning-line odds of 5-2.
Trained by Richard E. Mandella, and ridden by Flavien Prat, Paradise Woods earned her Kentucky Oaks starting gate spot by winning the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), which was worth 100 prep race qualifying points. However, Santa Anita Oaks runner-up Abel Tasman, who finished 11 ¾ lengths behind Paradise Woods got her revenge by winning the Kentucky Oaks.
Ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, and trained by another Hall of Famer in Bob Baffert, Abel Tasman rallied in the stretch to win the Kentucky Oaks by 1 ¼ lengths over Daddys Lil Darling.
The race began with a duel for first between Paradise Woods and Miss Sky Warrior. Eventually the wet track was too much for Paradise Woods, and she would fall to the back of the pack and finish a distant 11th. Abel Tasman, who was in dead last following the first quarter-mile kicked into hyper-gear in the stretch run to earn her second career grade one stakes victory; her first came in the Starlet Stakes in December of 2016.
“For as far back as I was, I knew they were going quick—really quick—especially for this track,” said Smith of the win. “Once I got her out in the middle of the track … I knew she was going to run well at that point. From there it was a matter of keeping her busy.”
The win was Smith’s second Oaks victory, his first came on top of Princess of Sylmar in 2013. Baffert, who didn’t qualify any of his charges to race in the Kentucky Derby (G1), earned his third Oaks win with Abel Tasman. He previously won in 1999 with Silverbullettday and in 2011 with Plum Pretty. Baffert said winning “never gets old”.
For winning, Abel Tasman paid $20.40, $9.20, and $6.40. Runner-up Daddys Lil Darling returned $11 and $6.60. Third-place finisher Lockdown paid $18.40. Abel Tasman has now won four-of-seven career races, earning $912,060.
Full 2017 Kentucky Oaks Results:
1. Abel Tasman
2. Daddys Lil Darling
6. Sailor’s Valentine
8. Miss Sky Warrior
9. Ever So Clever
11. Paradise Woods
12. Jordan’s Henny
13. Wicked Lick
More Kentucky Oaks Results
Untapable was the horse to beat entering the 2014 Kentucky Oaks and did not disappoint her many fans, posting an emphatic 4 ½-length victory as the even-money favorite.
By leading stallion Tapit, Untapable was bred in Kentucky by owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and is trained by Steve Asmussen. She was ridden by Rosie Napravnik.
Untapable arrived at Churchill Downs following a pair of impressive victories in 2014 prep races, capturing the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds by 9 ½ lengths before a 7 ¾-length score in the Fair Grounds Oaks, and her BRIS Speed ratings for those performances (107 in the latter) laid over her Kentucky Oaks rivals.
The bay filly broke from the far outside post among 12 three-year-old fillies in the Oaks and was caught a little wide entering the first turn, traveling comfortably in fourth while racing in striking range during the early stages. Untapable advanced to challenge for the lead midway on the far turn and drew off readily entering the stretch drive.
She easily defeated a nice field of rivals, registering a 108 BRIS Speed rating, and Untapable earned a better Speed number than Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome (103) the following day.