The names of 121 3-year-old fillies – including 17 from the stable of Todd Pletcher – were nominated to the Longines Kentucky Oaks.
Pletcher has saddled three winners of the Kentucky Oaks, a group that includes champions Ashado, Rags to Riches and Princess of Sylmar. The Pletcher-trained array of 2014 early Oaks nominees is headed by unbeaten Onlyforyou, a daughter of Malibu Moon who's won four races, including the Davona Dale and Forward Gal.
Other Pletcher trainees include Sweet Whiskey, winner of Gulfstream Park’s Old Hat; unbeaten Dame Dorothy and Busanda winner Fierce Boots; Stopcharginmaria and Got Lucky, the 1-2 finishers in Aqueduct’s Demoiselle; and Our Amazing Rose, a romping winner in her lone start last fall at Saratoga.
The roster includes other accomplished fillies. Heading that list is She’s a Tiger, champion 2-year-old filly of 2013, winner of the Del Mar Debutante and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. In the latter, She’s a Tiger finished first, but was demoted to runner-up when stewards disqualified her for interference in the homestretch.
Other marquee names among the nominees include Untapable, the Steve Asmussen-trained winner of the Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds and the Pocahontas at Churchill Downs; Ria Antonia, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner now trained by Bob Baffert; Fashion Plate, the front-running winner of Santa Anita’s Las Virgenes for trainer Simon Callaghan; and Unbridled Forever, winner of the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds and the daughter of Lemons Forever, who won the 2006 Kentucky Oaks at odds of 47-1 in the biggest upset in the history of the race. Dallas Stewart trains Unbridled Forever and was the trainer and co-owner of her dam.
Other accomplished early nominees include Spinaway winner Sweet Reason, who finished fourth for trainer Leah Gyarmati as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; Rosalind, runner-up in Keeneland’s Alcibiades and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; Please Explain, winner of the Suncoast at Tampa Bay Downs; Bird Maker, runner-up in Churchill Downs’ Golden Rod; Alcibiades winner My Conquestadory; Santa Ynez winner Awesome Baby; Davona Dale runner-up House Rules; Aragorn Ami, winner of Oaklawn Park’s Martha Washington; Delta Princess winner Tepin; and Fiftyshadesofgold, winner of the Two Altazano at Sam Houston.
Last year's Longines Kentucky Oaks attracted 120 early nominations.
The Oaks field is limited to 14 starters and up to four fillies designated as “also-eligible” to start. Eligibility to compete in the Oaks is determined by points amassed during the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” system, which determines the eligibility of nominees to compete in the race. If one of more horses should scratch from the Longines Kentucky Oaks by 9 a.m. (Eastern) on the morning of the race, fillies from the “also-eligible” list with the highest respective point totals would be allowed to compete.
A late nomination period for Longines Kentucky Oaks 140 is underway through Wednesday, April 9. A nomination of any 3-year-old filly to the Oaks during the late nomination phase will require payment of a $1,500 fee. A final opportunity to make a filly eligible for the Kentucky Oaks is available through the race’s supplemental nomination process. That process requires payment of $30,000 fee at the time of entry to the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks on Tuesday, April 29.
Complete Kentucky Oaks Nominations
Edited Churchill Downs release