Kentucky Oaks

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  • Terra Promessa dominates the Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn.

    Terra Promessa Stings Rivals in Honeybee

    Stepping into a stakes race for the first time proved little challenge for Stonestreet Stables homebred Terra Promessa, as the daughter of Curlin drew off to an easy win in the March 12 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III).

  • Polar River

    Churchill Suspends Wagering on Polar River

    Wagering on Polar River has been suspended in the upcoming Kentucky Oaks Future Wager after a representative of trainer Doug Watson confirmed to Churchill Downs officials that the Dubai-based filly would not race in the Oaks.

  • Marquee Miss (left) defeated Nickname to win the Martha Washington Stakes on Feb. 6.

    Marquee Miss, Nickname Meet Again in Honeybee

    One start after Marquee Miss upset grade I winner Nickname to win the Martha Washington Stakes last month at Oaklawn Park, the two talented 3-year-old fillies are set for an Oaklawn rematch in the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III).

  • Polar River wins the 2016 UAE Oaks.

    Polar River to Pass on Kentucky Oaks

    The undefeated filly who will next take on boys in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) will likely not travel to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but could come to America in June for a race like the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Songbird cruises to the win in the Santa Ysabel.

    Songbird Dominates Santa Ysabel

    Like seemingly every start before, Songbird shot to the lead March 5 at Santa Anita Park and humbled a field of overmatched fillies in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III).

  • Land Over Sea

    Familiar Rivals Try Songbird in Santa Ysabel

    Nine fillies were entered to take on undefeated Songbird in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) March 5 at Santa Anita Park, and more than half of them were previously humbled by the Fox Hill Farms runner.

  • Songbird works at Santa Anita Feb. 28.

    Songbird Logs Breeze at Santa Anita

    Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is generally a pretty cheerful guy, but when he brings Songbird back to the Jerry Hollendorfer barn after her workouts, his mood hits another level.

  • Mo d'Amour finishes strong to win the Busher Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Mo d'Amour Rallies to Victory in Busher

    Mo d'Amour took command midstretch of the $125,000 Busher Stakes Saturday, Feb. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack on her way to her first stakes victory in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Cathryn Sophia rolls to victory in the Davona Dale Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Cathryn Sophia Flawless in Davona Dale

    Cathryn Sophia continued her rise as one of the key contenders on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks with a flawless performance Feb. 27 in the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Flora Dora wins the 2016 Busanda Stakes.

    Outside Post for Flora Dora in Busher Stakes

    Flora Dora will try to take another step forward on the Aqueduct Racetrack path to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she faces an expected six other 3-year-old fillies in the $125,000 Busher Stakes Saturday, Feb. 27.

  • Cathryn Sophia wins the 2016 Forward Gal Stakes.

    Cathryn Sophia Heads Davona Dale

    Winner of her first three races by a combined 34 1/2 lengths, Cathryn Sophia looks to continue on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she takes on six rivals in the $200,000 Davona Dale (gr. II) at Gulfstream.

  • Coffee Pot Stables: Bob Cummings (left) and Annette Bacola and their son Davis Cummings.

    Poised Flora Dora Soars for Coffee Pot

    Flora Dora's next step in reaching her connections' goal of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) is the $125,000 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct Feb. 27. The Busher carries Kentucky Oaks points worth 50-20-10-5 to the top four finishers.

  • KY Oaks After-Party to Benefit TAA

    The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has been named the charitable recipient of the 2016 Fillies and Lilies Party, to be held after the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on Friday, May 6.

  • Songbird worked 5 furlongs in 1:00 4/5 on Feb. 21 at Santa Anita.

    Songbird Records Easy Breeze at Santa Anita

    It was more of the same for Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion Medaglia d'Oro filly Songbird Feb. 21 when she cruised through a five-furlong work under Mike Smith in 1:00 4/5 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Venus Valentine comes up the inside to upset the Rachel Alexandra Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Venus Valentine Delivers Fair Grounds Stunner

    Last of nine early, Venus Valentine rallied along the rail in the stretch to pull off a 74-1 shocker in the $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Songbird at the track Feb. 14.

    Songbird Breezes Easy at Santa Anita

    In her first timed workout since the easiest of scores in the Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II), Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird covered four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Feb. 14 in :48 2/5.

  • Legends: Rachel Alexandra, Filly for the Ages

    Jockey Calvin Borel said the key to their success together was to allow Rachel Alexandra to be the boss. She knew she could handle fractions that often seemed impossibly fast. His biggest job was to stay out of the way.

  • Songbird and Mike Smith take the Las Virgenes Stakes.

    Songbird Untouchable in Las Virgenes

    Songbird ambled home to win the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita , 6 1/2 lengths ahead of Land Over Sea, but Smith had such a tight hold on her, the margin might as well have been 26 1/2 lengths.

  • Nickname wins the 2015 Frizette Stakes.

    Nickname Returns in Martha Washington

    Grade I winner Nickname is among eight horses entered in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn. She'll make her first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

  • Flora Dora is scheduled to begin her 3-year-old campaign in the Busanda Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Flora Dora Opens Season in Busanda Stakes

    After earning a stakes win and grade III placing last season, Flora Dora is scheduled to begin her 3-year-old campaign on Saturday, Jan. 23 in the $100,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Dream Dance DQ'd From Golden Rod Third

    Stoneway Farm's Dream Dance has been disqualified from her third-place finish in the 2015 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs after she tested positive for an overage phenylbutazone.

  • Gomo

    Gomo Still Eyeing Kentucky Oaks

    On the mend since a bone chip was discovered and removed in her ankle last October, Reddam Racing's Gomo should be returning to track soon for trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Lucy N Ethel leaves the competition behind in the Old Hat Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Lucy N Ethel Cruises in Old Hat

    Lucy N Ethel, two-for-two at Parx last year, went wire-to-wire in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park. The daughter of During covered the six furlongs in 1:10.03.

  • Turfway Winter-Spring Meet Begins Friday

    Turfway Park's winter/spring Thoroughbred race meet opens Jan. 1, with eight stakes highlighting the 46-day schedule. The meet runs through April 3 and includes the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III).

  • Carina Mia rolls home to win the Golden Rod Stakes.

    Carina Mia Wins Stakes Debut in Golden Rod

    Entered in the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) off a dominating maiden special weight win Oct. 29 at Keeneland, Carina Mia handled the class jump Nov. 28 to register a decisive victory at Churchill Downs.

  • Pocahontas Stakes winner Dothraki Queen.

    Dothraki Queen Heads Golden Rod

    Dothraki Queen, a grade II winner over the track, heads a field of nine juvenile fillies for the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.

  • Jet Black Magic streaks home to win the Delta Downs Princess Stakes.

    Jet Black Magic Upsets Delta Princess

    Carl R. Moore's Jet Black Magic turned the tables on 1-5 favorite La Appassionata and soared clear to victory in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 21 at Delta Downs.

  • La Appassionata won the My Trusty Cat Stakes on October 23.

    La Appassionata Heads Delta Downs Princess

    Undefeated La Appasionata will be chasing her first graded win Nov. 21 in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III), as the runners she easily conquered last out face her for another try at Delta Downs.

  • Year-Over-Year Handle Up Almost 5% in May

    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.