Overflow Field for 145th Kentucky Oaks
Bellafina Strong Favorite at 2-1
Bellafina, a five-time graded stakes winner, has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Friday’s 145th running of the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks. The Oaks drew a field of 14 3-year-old fillies and two also-eligibles.
With 14 starters, the winner will earn $705,520.
The Kentucky Oaks will go as the 11th race with a 6:12 ET post time on the 13-race program. First post Friday is 10:30 a.m.
Trained by Simon Callaghan, Bellafina brings a three-race win streak with her from Santa Anita where she won the Santa Ynez, Las Virgenes and Santa Anita Oaks this year. Last year, she took the Del Mar Debutante and the Chandelier at Santa Anita.
A winner of six of eight starts, Bellafina’s lone off-the-board finish came at Churchill Downs last fall when she was fourth as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Flavien Prat, who has been aboard for all her starts, has the call Friday.
Second choice on the morning line at 5-1 is Dunbar Road, who is the first also-eligible and would need one defection to draw into the field. Dunbar Road did not debut until March 3, when she won going a mile by 8 3/4 lengths. Four weeks later, she came back to run second in the Gulfstream Park Oaks.
The co-third choices at 6-1 are Champagne Anyone and Fern Circle Stables and Restless Rider.
Winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks in her most recent start, Champagne Anyone is trained by Ian Wilkes and will be ridden by Chris Landeros.
Restless Rider won the Alcibiades last fall at Keeneland and has been the runner-up in the Spinaway, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Ashland, her 2019 debut earlier this month.
Trained by Kenny McPeek, Restless Rider will be ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr.
The champion 2-year-old filly of 2018, Jaywalk won the Frizette at Belmont Park and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at the track last fall. Third in the Ashland at Keeneland in her most recent start, Jaywalk is listed at 8-1 on the morning line.
Trainer John Servis and Javier Castellano teamed to win the 2016 Oaks with Cathryn Sophia. Servis, one of 26 trainers to win the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, is the only conditioner to win those races with only one starter in each race. He trained Smarty Jones to victory in 2004.
Out for a Spin, listed at 15-1 on the morning line, won the Ashland at long odds in her most recent start, upsetting Restless Rider and Jaywalk. Trained by Dallas Stewart, who won the Oaks in 2006 with Lemons Forever, Out for a Spin will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.
In addition to Castellano, one other rider will be attempting to add to his Oaks victory total.
Mike Smith has won the Oaks twice. He will ride Motion Emotion, 15-1 on the morning line. His first victory came in 2013 with Princess of Sylmar, and in 2017 he won with Abel Tasman for Bob Baffert.
Baffert, who will send out Flor de La Mar on Friday, has won the Oaks three times, with his other victories coming in 2011 with Plum Pretty and 1999 with Silverbulletday. Flor de La Mar will break under Joel Rosario and is 20-1 on the morning line.
Two other trainers are seeking to add to their Oaks victories.
Larry Jones, who won with Proud Spell in 2008, Believe You Can in 2012 and Lovely Maria in 2015, sends out Street Band, a filly he co-owns and bred with Cindy Jones and Ray Francis. Listed at 15-1 on the morning line, Street Band will have Sophie Doyle in the irons.
Steve Asmussen, who won with Summerly in 2005 and Untapable in 2014, will saddle Lady Apple. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the mount on the 20-1 morning-line proposition.
TDP Kentucky Oaks entries chart
Kentucky Oaks draw sheet