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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Princess of Sylmar surprised many by winning the 139th running of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday.
Prior to the race, Princess of Sylmar was a long shot at 38-1 odds.
One of four fillies trained by Todd Pletcher in the Grade 1 race, Princess of Sylmar upstaged 3-2 favorite Dreaming of Julia. That positioned Pletcher for a weekend sweep Saturday in the Kentucky Derby, where he has a record-tying five entries -- including Verrazano.
Pletcher trained winning fillies in the 2004 and 2007 Oaks races with Ashado and Rags to Riches, respectively. Rags to Riches later won the Belmont Stakes, the first filly to do so in 102 years.
The payout line for Princess of Sylmar was $79.60, $29.40 and $14. Second-place finisher Beholder returned $9 and $5.60. Third-place Unlimited Budget paid $3.80.
Princess of Sylmar's $79.60 winning mutual is the second highest in Oaks history, topped only by the $96.20 payoff for Lemons Forever in 2006.
Favored Dreaming of Julia finished a head back in fourth and was followed in order by Midnight Lucky, Pure Fun, Close Hatches, Rose to Gold, Seaneen Girl and Silsita.
Midnight Lucky led most of the race, but Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith pulled Princess of Sylmar to victory in the final stretch.
Starting from the No. 6 post, Princess of Sylmar ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.17.
A crowd of 113,820 witnessed Princess of Sylmar win her third race in four starts this year, including the Busanda at Aqueduct, Jan. 5.
The victory was worth $589,000 and improved Princess of Sylmar's earnings to $827,220 with a record of 7-5-1-0. It was the filly's first graded-stakes victory.
Princess of Sylmar is owned by King of Prussia Stable.