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Kentucky Oaks Nominations Spike


Take Charge Brandi is the leading light among 154 horses on the roster of early nominations to the Kentucky Oaks. There is a 27% year-over-year increase in nominees.

Last year, 121 fillies were made eligible during the early nomination period. This year's total is the highest since 170 fillies were nominated in 2009. The Oaks early nomination record is 192 from 2007.

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A late nomination phase is open and will continue through April 8. Late nominations require payment of a $1,500 fee. After that, there's a final opportunity to make the race through the supplemental nomination process, which requires payment of $30,000.

The Oaks field is limited to 14 starters with 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” series. If one of more horses should scratch from the Longines Kentucky Oaks before 9:00 a.m. ET on the morning of the race, fillies from the “also-eligible” list with the highest respective point totals would be allowed to compete.

The 2015 Longines Kentucky Oaks will be telecast live on NBC Sports Network.

Take Charge Brandi launched her Eclipse Award championship run with a front-running victory at odds of 61-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She followed that triumph with victories in the Delta Princess at Delta Downs and the Starlet at Los Alamitos. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas opened her 3-year-old campaign with a victory in the Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park to improve her career record to 4-1-0 in eight races with earnings of $1,620,126.

A Longines Kentucky Oaks victory by Take Charge Brandi would provide the 79-year-old Lukas his fifth Kentucky Oaks victory, but the first since a win in 1990 by Seaside Attraction.

Lukas is tied with Calumet Farm’s Ben Jones for second place in career Kentucky Oaks victories and trails only fellow Hall of Fame conditioner Woody Stephens, who had five career victories. Lukas’ other Oaks winners were Blush With Pride (1982), Lucky Lucky Lucky (1984) and eventual 3-year-old filly champion Open Mind (1989).

The strong list of early Kentucky Oaks nominees also includes I’m A Chatterbox, winner of Fair Grounds’ Rachel Alexandra and Silverbulletday in her two races since she joined the stable of two-time Kentucky Oaks winning-trainer Larry Jones, and Condo Commando, strong winner of Saratoga’s Spinaway and Aqueduct’s Demoiselle at two. Condo Commando opened her 3-year-old season for trainer Rudy Rodriguez with an easy victory in Aqueduct’s Busher.

Other prominent fillies who are taking aim on the Oaks include Callback, winner of Santa Anita’s Las Virgenes; Angela Renee, winner of Santa Anita’s Chandelier; Forward Gal winner Birdatthewire; Cristina’s Journey, winner of the Pocahontas at Churchill Downs; Ekati’s Phaeton, winner of the Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park; Starlet runner-up Feathered; Light the City, runner-up in the Las Virgenes; Wonder Gal, runner-up in the Frizette at Belmont Park; Santa Ynez winner Seduire; Golden Rod winner West Coast Belle; and Forever Unbridled, a daughter of 2006 Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons Forever who ran third in Rachel Alexandra.

Two-time Kentucky Oaks winning-trainer Jerry Hollendorfer nominated 17 fillies to lead all trainers. Todd Pletcher, also a two-time Oaks winner, nominated 14 fillies, and was followed by Kiaran McLaughlin (10), Dale Romans (six), Bob Baffert (five) and Chad Brown (five).

Godolphin Racing LLC made nine fillies eligible to compete in the Kentucky Oaks to lead all owners during the early nomination phase. Charles Fipke has the second most nominations by an owner with seven.


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