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The top fillies in the world make up the field of Kentucky Oaks. This race takes place annually on the day before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Kentucky Oaks Horses 2020
Here are the Kentucky Oaks Horses for the 2020 Kentucky Oaks. Scroll down for our Kentucky Oaks predictions.
Kentucky Oaks Picks & Predictions
Swiss Skydiver currently sits on top of the Kentucky Oaks Horses leaderboard. The Kentucky bred chestnut filly is going to be a popular pick.
This horse has been jockeyed by Mike Smith, a Hall of Fame jockey who has won this race twice since 2013. Alongside trainer Kenneth McPeek, they will likely have one of the favorites in this year’s race.
On June 6th, Swiss Skydiver won the Santa Anita Oaks. This win got her 100 points for the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard. This horse will be one to watch in the Kentucky Oaks lineup.
Coming in next on the leaderboard as another great filly. Speech is a bay filly trained by Michael McCarthy.
She has already won a Grade 1 race with a victory in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes held at Keeneland. But she previously finished second behind Swiss Skydiver in the Santa Anita Oaks.
The Kentucky Oaks futures odds will have her close behind Swiss Skydiver. Many experts have her right behind the leader, just as she was in the Santa Anita Oaks.
Speech has one of the top jockeys in the world. Javier Castellano has over 4,200 wins in his career and is the Eclipse Award winner for the most outstanding jockey three years in a row.
Gamine has not raced as much as other horses, so she isn’t as high on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard as Swiss Skydiver. However, some are starting to like this horse just as much.
Trained by the renowned Bob Baffert, Gamine won the Grade 1 Longines Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park. She also has a well-respected jockey in John Velazquez.
There is a chance to get better Kentucky Oaks betting odds with a Kentucky Oaks futures bet since these horses are not confirmed to be in the field.
Kentucky Oaks Winner 2019
Serengeti Empress was the winner of the Kentucky Oaks last year. She took an early lead and rode it all the way to the finish.
The filly crossed the finish line after the mile and an eighth with a time of 1:50.17. Jockeyed by Jose Ortiz, Serengeti Empress entered the race with 13-1 odds.
Trained by Tom Amoss, the filly ran on a fast track at Churchill Downs coming out of the 13th gate. Liora placed, and Lady Apple got the show.
Kentucky Oaks betting paid well in this one, with a $2 winning bet paying $28. The 50-cent trifecta of those three horses paid $3,510.90
Past Winners of the Kentucky Oaks
Here are the winners of the ten previous Kentucky Oaks:
|2019||Serengeti Empress||Tom Amoss||Jose Ortiz|
|2018||Monomoy Girl||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux|
|2017||Abel Tasman||Bob Baffert||Mike Smith|
|2016||Cathryn Sophia||John C. Servis||Javier Castellano|
|2015||Lovely Maria||J. Larry Jones||Kerwin D. Clark|
|2014||Untapable||Steven M. Asmussen||Rosie Napravnik|
|2013||Princess of Sylmar||Todd Pletcher||Mike Smith|
|2012||Believe You Can||J. Larry Jones||Rosie Napavnik|
|2011||Plum Pretty||Bob Baffert||Martin Garcia|
|2010||Blind Luck||Jerry Hollendorfer||Rafael Bejarano|
The Road to the Kentucky Oaks
The Kentucky Oaks entries are determined by a point system known as “The Road to the Kentucky Oaks.” Horses must compete in a number of races in order to qualify to be in the field. This is similar to The Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Because of the delay in the schedule, there have been qualifying races this summer. These races that determine the Kentucky Oaks lineup take place across the country at some of the top horse racetracks such as Keeneland, Belmont Park, Santa Anita Park, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, and more.
Depending on the race, these horses get a certain amount of points for top finishes. These qualifying races began late last year, but the points were low. For these contests, the winner only came away with 10 points, place was 4, show was 2, and 4th place was 1.
Once Spring began, the races began to become more important. For example, Swiss Skydiver received 100 points for her first-place finish in the Santa Anita Oaks. Place received 40 points, show got 20 points, and 4thwith 10 points.
These finishes can be an insight into the Kentucky Oaks odds. Swiss Skydiver leads with 350 points, followed by Speech with 160 points. These races are all but over, and the 2020 Kentucky Oaks entries are almost set.
The finishes and performances in these races determine experts’ Kentucky Oaks predictions.
Kentucky Oaks History
The Kentucky Oaks is held on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the most legendary racetrack in the country. Along with the Kentucky Derby, the Oaks was also founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.
The Kentucky Oaks was first run in 1875 when Churchill Downs was known as the Louisville Jockey Club. It has been running ever since, making the Oaks and Derby the oldest continuously contested sporting events in history.
Since the race features a field of fillies, it is a day of pink at the historic racetrack in Louisville. There are fans in their best pink outfits that support breast and ovarian cancer survivors.
The weekend is filled with signature cocktails, and the Oaks is no exception. In 2006 the Oaks Lily was named the official cocktail of the Kentucky Oaks.
Just as the Derby, Kentucky Oaks betting is analyzed for weeks before the event.
The Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown, usually followed by the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. It is most often referred to as “The Run for the Roses” since the winner is draped in a garland of roses after the race.
“The most exciting two minutes in sports” is the most anticipated horse race of the year. Over 150,000 fans pack into Churchill Downs to watch the top thoroughbreds in the world.
The race is usually held the first Saturday in May and has a rich history in Louisville, Kentucky.
The first race was held on May 17th, 1875. Around 10,000 people attended the event, and since then, has blossomed into what it is today. Some of the top trainers and jockeys in the world have created a name for themselves in this historic race. Some Kentucky Derby horses, such as Secretariat, have become a household name for sports fans.
Fans will again be watching this year, but instead in the Fall. They will be placing bets and raising the signature Mint Julep cocktail as the most popular horse race in the world continues its rich history.