Kentucky Derby, Oaks Fields Taking Shape
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The fields for the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the following day continue to take shape, with eligibility in each race to be determined by the new points system conceived by Churchill Downs.

According to the Churchill Downs communications office, as of April 18, the following are the probable fields for the 139th renewals of the two races. The Derby is limited to 20 starters and the Oaks to 14 starters, each based on points earned in certain races. Any ties will be decided by earnings in non-restricted stakes races.

Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), Saturday, May 4, 1 1/4 miles, 3-year-olds

Probable field, listed in preference order, with trainer, jockey (TBA indicates To Be Announced), points, and non-restricted stakes earnings:

1. Orb  , Shug McGaughey, Joel Rosario, 150, $840,000
2. Verrazano  , Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 150, $810,000
3. Goldencents, Doug O'Neill, Kevin Krigger, 129, $1,208,000
4. Java's War, Ken McPeek, Julien Leparoux, 122, $651,772
5. Overanalyze  , Todd Pletcher, Rafael Bejarano, 110, $908,381
6. Revolutionary, Todd Pletcher, Calvin Borel, 110, $720,000
7. Lines of Battle, Aidan O'Brien, TBA, 100, $1,261,089
8. Vyjack, Rudy Rodriguez, Garrett Gomez, 70, $505,000
9. Will Take Charge, D. Wayne Lukas, Jon Court, 60, $512,971
10. Itsmyluckyday, Eddie Plesa Jr., Elvis Trujillo, 50, $593,600
11. Govenor Charlie, Bob Baffert, Martin Garcia, 50, $400,000
12. Black Onyx, Kelly Breen, Joe Bravo, 50, $317,130
13. Palace Malice, Todd Pletcher, Mike Smith, 50, $200,000
14. Normandy Invasion, Chad Brown, Javier Castellano, 44, $258,000
15. Frac Daddy, Ken McPeek, TBA, 44, $240,596
16. Mylute, Tom Amoss, Rosie Napravnik, 42, $363,365
17. Oxbow  , D. Wayne Lukas, Gary Stevens, 36, $346,000
18. Super Ninety Nine, Bob Baffert, TBA, 30, $308,000
19. Falling Sky, John Terranova, Luis Saez, 30, $207,500
20. Charming Kitten, Todd Pletcher, TBA, 20, $206,000

Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Friday, May 3, 1 1/8 miles, 3-year-old fillies

Probable field, listed in preference order, with trainer, jockey (TBA indicates To Be Announced), points, and non-restricted stakes earnings:

1. Beholder, Richard Mandella, Garrett Gomez, 164, $1,500,000
2. Rose to Gold, Sal Santoro, Calvin Borel, 164, $717,889
3. Unlimited Budget, Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano, 160, $570,000
4. Dreaming of Julia, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 132, $719,000
5. Close Hatches, Bill Mott, Joel Rosario, 100, $150,000
6. Flashy Gray, Bill Mott, TBA, 60, $130,000
7. Princess of Sylmar, Todd Pletcher, TBA, 50, $170,000
8. Fiftyshadesofhay, Bob Baffert, TBA, 50, $146,250
9. Midnight Lucky, Bob Baffert, TBA, 50, $120,000
10. Silsita, Todd Pletcher, TBA, 50, $57,660
11. Seaneen Girl, Bernie Flint, TBA, 34, $193,621
12. Pure Fun, Ken McPeek, TBA, 20, $269,800
13. Broken Spell, D. Wayne Lukas, TBA, 11, $119,226

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