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2012 Kentucky Oaks Preview - Likely Entries

2012 Kentucky Oaks

It’s time to preview the likely entries that will make up the 2012 Kentucky Oaks field.


The 2012 Kentucky Oaks will be run at Churchill Downs on May 4th, and this filly race has some likely entries that should make it into an incredible race.  These horses will be vying for their share of the $1,000,000 purse, and the 1 1/8-mile race is open to three-year-old fillies.  We’ll preview all of the likely entries into the 2012 Kentucky Oaks and give some horse racing tips on each potential member of the field along the way.


Notable recent winners of the Kentucky Oaks are Blind Luck (2010), Rachel Alexandra (2009), and Rags to Riches (2007), and Silverbulletday (1999).  Rachel Alexandra holds the Kentucky Oaks record for largest winning margin when she won by nearly 21 lengths in her triumph here, while Lemons Forever had the longest odds to ever win here when she was 47/1 back in 2006.


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2012 Kentucky Oaks – Likely Entries:


Sacristy – Has finished in the top 3 in all 6 career races, including 3 graded stakes.  Sired by Pulpit.


Hard Not To Like – Daughter of Hard Spun will handle the distance but this is her first race on dirt after racing on mostly turf previously.


And Why Not – Finished 2nd in the Pocahontas on this track but also has some terrible finishes along the way when stretched past a mile.


Oaks Lily – Took 7 tries to break her maiden but has a ton of experience running a mile or longer.


Colonial Express – Has faced some tough competition in her 3 career races, but has never finished better than 3rd.  All races have been a mile or longer on dirt though.


Amie’s Dini – 6 career races and has never finished worse than 3rd.  Is fresh off back-to-back 2nd place finishes in graded stakes against some of the other Kentucky Oaks likely entries.


Jemima’s Pearl – Looked decent while finished 2nd in the Fantasy last time out and seems to get better with more distance.  This will be her longest career race.


Broadway’s Alibi – Finished 2nd in her attempt to break maiden but has since taken 1st in 4 straight races including 2 graded stakes.  That being said, she only has 1 career race at a mile and has never gone this distance.


Yara – The winner of the Davona Dale has plenty of experience against strong competition and has never finished outside of 5th in 7 career races.


Eden’s Moon – Winner of the Las Virgenes at Santa Anita shows lots of promise and is fresh off a 3rd place finish in the Santa Anita Oaks.


Believe You Can – This horse has a ton of dirt experience and seems to get better with more distance.  Believe You Can if coming off a win in the Fair Grounds Oaks.


Karlovy Vary – Won the Ashland last time out but only has 1 career race on dirt and finished 7th at Churchill Downs in that run in the Golden Rod.  Has either been very good or very bad.


Summer Applause – Sired by Harlan’s Holliday, this horse has 4 races at longer than a mile and has finished no worse than 2nd in her last 5 which includes a win in the Rachel Alexandra.


On Fire Baby – Winner of the Honeybee, Golden Rod, and Pocahontas will be one of the favorites in the Kentucky Oaks.  Has won twice at a mile or longer at Churchill Downs.


Grace Hall – Won the Gulfstream Oaks most recently and finished 2nd in the Davona Dale and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.  Has plenty of experience and should love the surface and the distance here.  Potential race favorite.


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