Bet on the Kentucky Oaks
While it may not be the American icon that is the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks is an equally prestigious and historic race. While traditionally, the colts run for the roses on the first Saturday in May, the fillies run for the lilies on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby. Contested at a mile and an eighth beneath Churchill Downs’ famed twin spires, the Kentucky Oaks has a rich history all its own since it began alongside the Derby in 1875. Like the Derby, the Oaks is the oldest continually run sporting event in America.
Kentucky Oaks Racebooks
Horseplayers can wager on major events like the Kentucky Oaks from the comfort of their own home with the convenience of an online racebook. With an online racebook, it is easier than ever to get the most out of their investment through sign-up bonuses, rebates and easy-to-use wagering platforms. An online racebook can make it easy to get in on all of the action of one of the greatest sporting events in American history, the Kentucky Oaks.
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Kentucky Oaks Betting Odds
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2016 Kentucky Oaks Contenders
In one of the deepest and most competitive Kentucky Oaks fields in recent years, the 2015 renewal featured a host of multiple-graded stakes winners including the much ballyhooed tandem of Lovely Maria and I’m a Chatterbox with both fillies owned by former Kentucky governor Brereton Jones and trained by former Oaks-winning conditioner Larry Jones. Despite both fillies entering the Oaks after posting graded stakes victories, west coast shipper Stellar Wind was sent to post as the favorite. But the day would belong to the Jones girls as Lovely Maria (7/1) poured it on in the stretch after stalking moderate fractions to win by 2 3/4 lengths and I’m a Chatterbox put in a late run for third. The stablemates were sandwiched by longshot Shook Up to produce a fifty cent trifecta worth $390. I’m a Chatterbox would return to win the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks in her next start at Saratoga, but was disqualified to second for stretch interference.
2015 Order of Finish: Win Place Show
1) Lovely Maria $14.60 $7.80 $5.40
2) Shook Up $20.20 $11.40
3) I’m a Chatterbox $5.00
(Also Ran: Stellar Wind, Birdatthewire, Angela Renee, Ocean Wave, Include Betty, Condo Commando, Eskenformoney, Forever Unbridled, Puca, Money’soncharlotte, Sarah Sis)
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Did you know?
One of the most impressive performances in the history of the Kentucky Oaks came in 2009 when superstar Rachel Alexandra splashed home to a 20 ¼ length victory, firmly establishing herself as the elite of her generation. The popular bay filly went on to win the Preakness (G1), Haskell (G1) and Woodward Stakes (G1), all over male rivals on her way to becoming Horse of the Year.
Though the Kentucky Oaks is restricted to female horses, a female rider had never won the race until Rosie Napravnik made history with Believe You Can in 2012. Trained by Larry Jones, the daughter of Proud Citizen pulled the upset in the Oaks at odds of 13-1, earning Napravnik a spot in the record books. Two years later, the talented female rider was back in the winner’s circle after piloting the favored Untapable to win the 2014 edition for Steve Asmussen.
In 1999, the reigning champion juvenile filly, Silverbulletday, put an exclamation point on her already remarkable career with an emphatic win in the Kentucky Oaks. Sent off as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite, the bay filly delivered with style on her way to her second Eclipse Award. In 2009, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame long with her trainer, Bob Baffert.