Kentucky Oaks

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  • Verrazano
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    Verrazano Gallops, Others Settle In

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands contender Verrazano galloped at Churchill Downs the morning of April 15 as trainer Todd Pletcher outlined the training regimen for the colt and his other probable Derby starters.

  • Ciao Bella Luna wins the Beaumont Stakes.

    Ciao Bella Luna Shines Brightest in Beaumont

    After showing little in two prior stakes attempts this year, Ciao Bella Luna relished a return to a synthetic surface April 14 at Keeneland, capturing the $150,000 Beaumont Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIT).

  • Churchill Adds Tents to Banned Items

    Churchill Downs has added pop-up and other patron tents and metal poles and stakes to its list of items that cannot be carried by patrons into the track for this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks.

  • Renee's Titan takes on 10 in the Beaumont Stakes.

    Renee's Titan Takes Aim at Beaumont Stakes

    Last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winning connections will try to recreate some more magic in the blue grass when Zillah Reddam's Renee's Titan starts in the Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland.

  • Rose to Gold splashes to victory in the Fantasy.

    Rose to Gold Keeps Rolling in Fantasy Romp

    Unlikely Rose to Gold stamped her ticket for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with another dominating performance at Oaklawn Park April 10, splashing her way to a front-running 4 1/2-length victory in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes.

  • Dreaming of Julia arrives at Churchill Downs.

    KY Oaks Contenders Arrive at Churchill

    Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II)winner Dreaming of Julia and undefeated Unlimited Budget arrived April 8 at 6:50 p.m. EDT at Churchill Downs, where they will continue their preparations for the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Emollient rolls to victory in the Ashland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2443841913&k=xwF3gGm">Order This Photo</a>

    Second Chance Pays for Emollient in Ashland

    Juddmonte Farms homebred Emollient established a clear lead early and then opened up on her dozen rivals in the stretch to register an easy victory in the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 6 at Keeneland.

  • Close Hatches leads the way in the Gazelle Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2443777191&k=qR6PHz7">Order This Photo</a>

    Close Hatches Gets Determined Gazelle Score

    Close Hatches led at every pole, repelled Princess of Sylmar in deep stretch, and drew away to keep her unbeaten record intact, registering her first stakes score in the $250,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) April 6 at Aqueduct.

  • Unlimited Budge

    Unlimited Budget's Family Runs Deep

    Ocala Stud may no longer own undefeated Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Unlimited Budget, but the farm's association with the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-bound filly's family goes back nearly 60 years.

  • Spring in the Air won the Alcibiades in the Fall at Keeneland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2132032852&k=LWF3W4m">Order This Photo</a>

    Spring in the Air Heads Full Ashland Field

    John Oxley's grade I winner Spring in the Air will face a full field of 13 rivals in the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Keeneland April 6.

  • Princess of Sylmar has won 4 in a row.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2347511325&k=dFGM9t6">Order This Photo</a>

    Princess of Sylmar One to Watch in Gazelle

    King of Prussia Stable's impressive Princess of Sylmar takes a step up into graded company April 6 in the $250,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack, facing a talented field of sophomore fillies.

  • Unlimited Budget runs away from the field in the Fair Grounds Oaks.

    Unlimited Budget Takes Fair Grounds Oaks

    Unlimited Budget continues to show limitless potential as the undefeated Street Sense filly appears poised for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) after a clear victory in the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II).

  • Dreaming of Julia romps in the Gulfstream Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2433032331&k=RP5RPLC">Order This Photo</a>

    Dreaming of Julia Devastates Gulfstream Oaks

    Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia left her connections dreaming of victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she devastated the $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II) March 30 at Gulfstream Park by 21 3/4 lengths.

  • Unlimited Budget is a perfect 3 for 3 in her career.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2234249494&k=FXHbJG5">Order This Photo</a>

    Unlimited Budget, Flashy Gray Head FG Oaks

    Undefeated Unlimited Budget and Honeybee Stakes runner-up Flashy Gray head a quality field that includes grade I winner So Many Ways in the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 30 at Fair Grounds Race Course.

  • Live Lively (right) and Dreaming of Julia finished 1-2 in the Davona Dale on Feb 23.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2379020368&k=WrLjNcX">Order This Photo</a>

    Live Lively, Dreaming of Julia Clash Again

    She couldn't catch Live Lively in her seasonal debut five weeks earlier, but Dreaming of Julia figures to be much tighter for their next engagement in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II) March 30 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Midnight Lucky wins the Sunland Park Oaks.

    Midnight Lucky Looks Mighty in Sunland Oaks

    Trainer Bob Baffert grabbed his fifth win in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks when short-price favorite Midnight Lucky left the field behind on the far turn en route to an eight-length win March 24 in New Mexico.

  • Live Lively
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    Live Lively Puts in Gulfstream Oaks Breeze

    Live Lively, expected to be one of the favorites for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II) following two impressive wins at the meet, breezed a half-mile in :49.78 on the morning of March 24 at Palm Meadows.

  • Silsita (outside) just gets up over Marathon Lady to win the Fathead Bourbonette Oaks.

    Silsita Just Up in Bourbonette Nail-Biter

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Tanourin Stable's Silsita upset heavily favored Pure Fun and survived a stretch duel with 31-1 shot Marathon Lady to take the $100,000 Fathead Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park March 23.

  • Bob Baffert, who has won four Sunland Park Oaks, tries for number 5 with Midnight Lucky.

    Baffert Seeks to Add to Sunland Oaks Success

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be seeking to add to his four victories in the Sunland Park Oaks when he sends impressive maiden winner Midnight Lucky in the $200,000 race March 24 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

  • Hollywood Starlet winner Pure Fun is the favorite in the Bourbonette Oaks.

    Pure Fun Tops Full Field in Bourbonette Oaks

    Pure Fun, winner of the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) in December, gets her season started in the $100,000 Fathead Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) as the 8-5 favorite in a field of a dozen 3-year-old fillies March 23 at Turfway Park.

  • Beholder cruises to victory in the Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

    Champ Beholder Back in Form for 'Virgenes Win

    Compromised by a throat ulcer in her first start of the year, the real Beholder showed up in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) March 2 at Santa Anita Park, romping over seven 3-year-old filly opponents.

  • My Happy Face

    My Happy Face Hit with Virus, to Miss KY Oaks

    My Happy Face, runner-up in the 2012 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) and winner of that year's Tempted Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack, is off the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) trail with a virus contracted at Gulfstream Park.

  • Beholder takes on 7 in the Las Virgenes Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Juvenile-Fillies/26130210_XSj9gp#!i=2191793794&k=84JtKwD">Order This Photo</a>

    Beholder Tries to Make Amends in Las Virgenes

    Champion filly Beholder will try to avenge her odds-on defeat to longshot Renee's Titan when they square off at Santa Anita Park in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I)

  • Flashback (outside) works with Den's Legacy at Santa Anita.

    Bullet Workouts for Verrazano, Flashback

    Many of the top contenders for this year's Triple Crown races, including champion 2-year-old male Shanghai Bobby, completed workouts on Monday morning in South Florida and Southern California.

  • Beholder

    Beholder Drills Sharply for Las Virgenes

    Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked five furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track Feb. 24 in :59 3/5 under regular rider Garrett Gomez in preparation for the upcoming Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Unlimited Budget leads them home in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes.

    Unlimited Budget Scores Rich Win in 'Rachel

    Repole Stables' favored Unlimited Budget kept her record perfect when she easily captured the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) by 3 3/4 lengths over 20-1 shot Promise Me More at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Live Lively comes home strong to win the Davona Dale.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2378846472&k=xQbqfhQ">Order This Photo</a>

    Live Lively Tops 'Julia in Davona Dale Theft

    Live Lively got the jump on odds-on choice Dreaming of Julia in the $245,000 Davona Dale (gr. II) and never looked back while registering a front-running 1 1/2-length victory in her stakes debut Feb. 23 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Triple Crown Races to Air Again on HRRN

    The Horse Racing Radio Network announced Feb. 20 it has reached an agreement with all three Triple Crown racetracks for HRRN to provide the national radio broadcast of the 2013 Triple Crown races.

  • Undefeated Unlimited Budget makes her first start of 2013 in the Rachel Alexandra. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2240508722&k=xS7zjHR">Order This Photo</a>

    Unlimited Budget Favored in Rachel Alexandra

    Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) victress Unlimited Budget has been pegged the 5-2 morning line favorite for the $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 23, in her season debut.

  • Dreaming of Julia

    Dreaming of Julia to Open Year in Davona Dale

    In terms of previous accomplishments, grade I winner Dreaming of Julia towers over entries in the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 23 at Gulfstream Park, but several fillies who have flashed brilliance await.

  • Rachel Alexandra at Rood and Riddle Feb. 18th.

    Rachel Alexandra Goes for Short Walk

    Doctors at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington said Monday, Feb. 18, that 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra remains stable as she recovers from abdominal surgery performed Feb. 13 following foaling complications.

  • Barbara Banke with Rachel Alexandra on February 15.

    Rachel Alexandra Shows Some Progress

    While showing signs of progress, Rachel Alexandra's condition remained serious at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Feb. 15, following surgery to repair a section of her small colon injured in the foaling a filly.

  • Sign in the Pocahontas Stakes.

    Stewards Disqualify Sign from Pocahontas Win

    Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards have disqualified Sign from her victory in last season's Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs following a positive test for methocarbamol (Robaxin).

  • Mac the Man cruises to victory in the 96ROCK Stakes.

    Mac the Man, Allanah Take Turfway Stakes

    Sherri Greenhill's Mac the Man and TK Stables' Allanah won the featured 3-year-olds stakes at Turfway Park Feb. 2 to give leading jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. a riding double in the co-features.

  • Tapicat streaks away from her rivals to win the Florida Oaks.

    Tapicat Makes the Grade in Florida Oaks

    The sophomore daughter of Tapit earned her first graded stakes victory and was just a tick off a track record Feb. 2 while rolling home much the best in the $150,000 Florida Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Believe You Can makes her 2013 debut in the Tiffany Lass Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1829116649&k=35CDG5n">Order This Photo</a>

    KY Oaks Winner Believe You Can Starts Season

    Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can returns to Fair Grounds Feb. 2 to make her 2013 debut in the $75,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes against five other older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.