With pari-mutuel wagering up for the Kentucky Oaks day card, the Kentucky Derby day card, and the Preakness day card, racing enjoyed a 4.82% increase in wagering in the all-important month of May.
Lovely Maria does have some of that old-fashioned classic stamina on her dam's side, as she's out of Thundercup, an unraced daughter of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Thunder Gulch.
Relive Lovely Maria's victory in the 2015 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow. View Interactive
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Wagering from all sources on both the full 12-race Kentucky Oaks Day card and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) alone was the highest all-time.
Claire Novak recaps Lovely Maria's victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and updates the condition of Sarah Sis, who was pulled up. Watch Video
Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria, in contention early through moderate fractions, turned it on in the stretch and pulled away to capture the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1 at Churchill Downs.
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Claire Novak sets the Churchill Downs scene with updates on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2015. watch video
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Well before sunrise May 1, the first horses on the track at Churchill Downs were hopefuls for that day's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Churchill Downs' John Asher says weather, advance ticket sales bode well. Watch Video
Larry Jones, born and raised in Kentucky and with two winners of the Longtines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to his credit, has a pair of strong candidates for the May 1 filly race at Churchill Downs.
Forum Racing, founded by three friends in 2011 at Saratoga, has Birdatthewire for the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Claire Novak updates us on who galloped at Churchill Downs today, El Kabeir, Rick Violette, Mubtaahij schooling, and Stellar Wind sneaking out early to jog. watch video
Six-time French champion jockey Christophe Soumillon and rising U.S. rider Florent Geroux will be making their first Kentucky Derby starts May 2.
Stellar Wind was installed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite when 15 fillies were entered for the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Watch Video
After finishing second in last year's La Troienne Stakes (gr. I), Molly Morgan will again try for the first grade I victory of her career in this year's edition of the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including Carpe Diem, Mubtaahij, and International Star on track, comments from trainer Mike de Kock, and the Oaks post position draw. Watch Video
Forever Unbridled, out of 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever, makes the gate for this year's Oaks. Her full sister, Unbridled Forever, was third in the race last year.
NBC plans coverage of Kentucky Derby Week across all social media platforms, featuring NBC Sports Group's fashion and lifestyle experts and social media mavens Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.
After watching the fillies he's considering for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) complete workouts April 27 at Churchill Downs, trainer Bob Baffert said he was leaning toward not entering either Luminance or Maybellene.
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including American Pharoah's work, Oaks works from Lovely Maria and I'm a Chatterbox, and the impending Derby arrivers, Dortmund, Firing Line, and Bolo. Watch Video
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