|Game||Churchill Downs vs Kentucky Oaks|
|Date & Time||Friday May 3, 2019, 6:12 PM (EDT)|
The 2019 edition of the Kentucky Oaks will run on Friday with a full field of 14. The purse money will be worth $1.25 million in the top race for 3-year old fillies. The field of 14 will go a full 1 1/8 miles at the famed Churchill Downs. Post time is 6:12 PM EST and the Oaks will be Race 11 on a card of 13.
The odds on favorite Bellafina at 2 to 1 will run out of the No. 4 gate, while she will be pursued by Champagne Anyone (6 to 1) leaving from the No. 10 gate and Restless Rider (6 to 1) from gate No. 14. Serengeti Empress and Jaywalk both 8 to 1 and leaving the No. 13 and No. 7 gate respectively with both also considered contenders in what will be a competitive race to the finish.
Bellafina lost at Churchill Downs last year, but on that day she was in reproductive heat. In her last three races of 1 1/16 miles, 1 mile and 7 furloughs the Friday’s favorite finished first in all three and has six wins in eight races dating back to July of 2018.
The remainder of the field includes Out for a Spin at 15 to 1 leaving gate 1; Chocolate Kisses at 20 to 1 leaving gate 2; Lady Apple at 20 to 1 leaving gate 3; Flor de La Mar at 20 to 1 leaving gate 5, Positive Spirit at 30 to 1 leaving gate 5; Motion Emotion at 15 to 1 leaving gate 8; Liora at 20 to 1 leaving gate 9; Jeltrin at 15 to 1 leaving gate 11; and Street Band 15 to 1 leaving gate 12.
Love betting against heavy favorites on big racing days and Oaks Day is definitely one of those days. Favorite Bellafina didn't run well last time at Churchill and have to bet against the favorite. Expecting a fast pace but even that doesn't scare me taking the speed of the speed as #8 Motion Express pulls big upset going wire to wire for Kentucky Oaks win.
$100 Win / Place / Show - #8 Motion Emotion
$10 Exacta Box - #8 Motion Emotion, #10 Champaign Anyone, #14 Restless Rider
$1 Trifecta Wheel - #8 Motion Emotion, #10 Champaign Anyone with #8 Motion Emotion, #10 Champaign Anyone, #14 Restless Rider with ALL