2013 Kentucky Oaks

Sights from the 139th Kentucky Oaks.

It was a beautiful day at Churchill Downs and fans were excited to be in attendance for the 139th running of the Kentucky Oaks.

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The hats were on full display.

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Everywhere you looked!

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Race fans had their cameras ready for the start of Friday's biggest races.

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In a fierce stretch battle beneath the Twin Spires, Padua Stables' Authenticity held off stubborn On Fire Baby to win the La Troienne Stakes. The first of five stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard.

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Authenticity was ridden by John Velaszequez and is trained by Todd Pletcher.

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Authenticity set a stakes record of 1:42.09 over a fast track in the La Troienne. The previous stakes record was 1:42.43 set by Shadow Cast in 2005.

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John Velasquez gets congratulated after win.

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Kitten's Dumplings rallied from last after a half-mile to capture the next race on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard, the Edgewood Stakes presented by Forcht Bank.

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Second-choice Wave Theory dumped rider Julien Leparoux shortly after the gates opened for the 1 1/16-mile turf contest and was caught by outriders.

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Julien Leparoux comes off of Wave Theory (#10) during The 28th Running of The Edgewood at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2013.

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All Julien could do was watch from the turf.

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Kitten's Dumplings was ridden by jockey Joel Rosario and recorded a final time of 1:41.24 for the 1 1/16-mile turf contest.

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Kitten's Dumplings is a 3-year-old homebred filly of Ken and Sarah Ramsey and is the daughter of Kitten's Joy.

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Ken Ramsey and Joel Rosario accept the winning trophy.

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Next up was the Eight Belles Stakes presented by Xerox (gr. III). Eventual winner So May Ways circled six horses coming into the stretch and gradually wore down Fusaichiswonderful approaching the wire to score a narrow triumph.

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So Many Ways was ridden by jockey Garrett Gomez and was timed in 1:22.84 for the seven furlongs on a fast track.

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Trainer Pat Byrne had Take Charge Indy sharp for the Alysheba Stakes presented by Besilu Stables (gr. II), and the 2012 Florida Derby (gr. I) winner delivered with a powerful six-length victory.

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Take Charge Indy was ridden in the 1 1/16-mile Alysheba by Rosie Napravnik, completing the distance on a fast main track in 1:41.41.

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Rosie and the winning connections pose for a photo in the Winner's Circle.

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Noble Tune, a son of Unbridled's Song, registered an easy victory in the American Turf Stakes (gr. IIT).

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The favorite was ridden by Javier Castellano and fired through an opening along the hedge to cover the 1 1/16-mile test in 1:41.63 over firm turf.

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Noble Tune is trained by Chad Brown for owner Martin S. Schwartz and breeder Dell Ridge Farm.

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Next was Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr.I).

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And they're off!

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It was a rough start and a tight squeeze for some of the fillies.

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The favorite Dreaming of Julia got off to a very rough start.

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Start of Kentucky Oaks 139.

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Once the horse finally spread out and made their way to the final turn it was Midnight Lucky, Beholder and Unlimited Budget fighting for the lead.

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Juvenile filly champion Beholder (orange cap) looked poised to make a stretch run to victory.

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Final turn in the Kentucky Oaks.

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Beholder in the lead.

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Dreaming of Julia came with a wide move, and Unlimited Budget kept fighting as well.

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But Princess of Sylmar (purple), who advanced into fourth at the three-eighths pole, was moving best of all while motoring down the center of the track.

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Headed down the stretch.

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The stretch run.

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Beholder was the last one to catch.

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Princess of Sylmar stretches out as she tries to pass Beholder for the lead.

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A fight for the finish!

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Beholder and Princess of Sylmar battle for the Kentucky Oaks victory.

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Beholder and Princess of Sylmar battle for the Kentucky Oaks victory.

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Princess of Sylmar and jockey Mike Smith finally surge past Beholder.

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Princess of Sylmar headed for the finish line.

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Princess of Sylmar finally makes it to the front.

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Princess Of Sylmar (L), Mike Smith up, runs by Beholder, and Unlimited Budget (orange caps) in the final stretch.

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Princess of Sylmar on her way to the 38-1 upset in the Kentucky Oaks.

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Princess of Sylmar with jockey Mike Smith win the 139th running of the Kentucky Oaks.

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Princess of Sylmar with jockey Mike Smith win the 139th running of the Kentucky Oaks.

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Princess Of Sylmar defeated Beholder by a half-length to win the 2013 Kentucky Oaks.

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Princess of Sylmar with jockey Mike Smith win the 139th running of the Kentucky Oaks.

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Princess of Sylmar soars past the Twin Spires.

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Princess of Sylmar with jockey Mike Smith win the 139th running of the Kentucky Oaks.

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Princess of Sylmar wins the 139th running of the Kentucky Oaks.

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Mike Smith begins to celebrate aboard Princess of Sylmar.

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Princess of Sylmar's final time was 1:49.17.

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Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith wins his first Kentucky Oaks.

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Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith wins his first Kentucky Oaks.

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And he was pretty proud of his horse.

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Trainer Todd Pletcher heads to the Winner's Circle.

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Princess of Sylmar, Mike Smith and Ed Stanco enjoying the victory.

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Jockey Mike Smith and Ed Stanco walk Princess Of Sylmar to the winners circle after the 2013 Kentucky Oaks.

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Owner Ed Stanco hoist the trophy after his horse Princess of Sylmar wins the Kentucky Oaks.

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And trainer Todd Pletcher does the same.

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Ed Stanco and Todd Pletcher talk about their victory in the post race press conference.

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Princess of Sylmar is the winner of the 2013 Longines Kentucky Oaks.

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Photo: Dave Harmon

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