Post positions set for 144th Kentucky Oaks on Friday
The likely favorite for the field of 14 fillies.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The positions are set for the 144th running of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday.
The pill pull at Churchill Downs determines from which position 14 three-year-old fillies will break from the starting gate.
At 15-1 Sassy Sienna breaks from gate one for trainer Brad Cox. She was first in the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will have the mount.
The Dale Romans-trained filly Coach Rocks is up next in gate two. The filly has odds of 12-1 and is partially owned by former U of L coach Rick Pitino. She won her last race in Florida in the Gulfstream Oaks. Luis Saez is the jockey.
Classy Act will be in gate three with Brian Hernandez on board at 15-1. She's trained by W. Bret Calhoun. She was fourth in her last race in the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks Stakes.
Out of gate four, it's Chocolate Martini. The experienced filly trained by Tom Amoss won three of her seven career races including her last outing in the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oak Stakes. Javier Castellano has the mount with 12-1 odds.
Trainer Mark Casse has Wonder Gadot in gate five. She has won just one of her six career starts and was second in the Fantasy Stakes. John Velazquez goes off at 20-1.
The second of Brad Cox's fillys in the Oaks is Kelly's Humor in gate six. She was second at Keeneland's Beaumont Stakes. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount at 30-1.
The D. Watson trained Rayya comes out of gate seven. The runner up at the UAE Derby hasn't raced since march. Drayden Van Dyke is the jockey. Rayya goes off at 15-1.
The lightly-raced HeavenHasMyNikki is in gate eight. In just two career starts this year, she was third in the Davona Dale Stakes and fourth in the Forward Gal Stakes. this year. She's trained by Anthony Quartarolo. Jockey Calvin Borel has the mount with 30-1 odds.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has Take Charge Paula in gate nine at 15-1. She was runner-up in the Gulfstream Park Oaks. Jose Ortiz has the ride.
The unbeaten Midnight Bisou comes out of gate ten at 5-2. Trainer William Spawr is hoping for a fourth career win in the Kentucky Oaks for the Dark Bay filly who won all three of her starts including the Santa Anita Oaks. Mike Smith is the jockey.
My Miss Lilly is the only gray in the Oaks. She comes out of gate 11 at 10-1. The Mark Henning trained filly won her last outing in the Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct.
Out of gate 12, it's Patrona Margarita at 30-1. The Bret Calhoun trained filly was third in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland and has won two of her five career starts.
Kenny McPeek's Eskimo Kisses comes out of the 13. Jockey Corey Lanerie has the mount for Oaks at 15-1.
And the likely favorite, Ashland Stakes winner Monomoy Girl is 2-1 on the outside from the 14. She is trained by Louisville native Brad Cox.
The Kentucky Oaks is a Grade I run at 1 1/8 miles. It will go off as the 11th race at 6:12 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018.
Kentucky Oaks post positions:
1. Sassy Sienna (Gary Stevens, 15-1)
2. Coach Rocks (Luis Saez, 12-1)
3. Classy Act (Brian Hernandez Jr., 15-1)
4. Chocolate Martini (Javier Castellano, 12-1)
5. Wonder Gadot (John Velazquez, 20-1)
6. Kelly’s Humor (Irad Ortiz Jr., 30-1)
7. Rayya (Van Dyke, 15-1)
8. Heavenhasmynikki (Calvin Borel, 30-1)
9. Take Charge Paula (Jose Ortiz, 15-1)
10. Midnight Bisou (Smith 5-2)
11. My Miss Lilly (Bravo, 10-1)
12. Patrona Margarita (Ricardo Santana Jr., 30-1)
13. Eskimo Kisses (Corey Lanerie, 15-1)
14. Monomoy Girl (Geroux, 2-1)
All starters will carry 121 pounds.
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