Kentucky Oaks Betting

Kentucky Oaks BettingKentucky Oaks Betting 2013 | The Kentucky Oaks will be staged on Friday 3rd May with the Kentucky Derby to take place the following day at Churchill Downs. It’s a popular betting event and odds are already out at Sportsbook.com (US bettors welcome). Last year the race was won by Believe You Can, ridden by Rosie Napravnik who became the first woman jockey ever to win the event. She won by three-quarters-of-a-length from Broadway’s Alibi and returned at odds of 13-1.

The Kentucky Oaks is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old fillies staged at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The race is over a distance of about a mile and a quarter (1800 m) and is staged on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby. The prize money for the winner is $600,000 purse and they are traditionally draped with a garland of lilies after the race. The Kentucky Oaks forms part of the fillies Triple Crown along with the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and the Acorn Stakes. This is also known as the Triple Tiara.

The first running was back in 1875 along with the Kentucky Derby. These are the oldest events in American horse racing history that have been staged continuously. The Kentucky Oaks took its inspiration from the English Epsom Oaks, the fillies equivalent of the Derby. The first running was over a mile and a half and was won by Vinaigrette. The distance was shortened to a mile and a quarter in 1891. The Oaks attracts around 100,000 spectators, even surpassing the attendance figures for the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup. Only the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes have attracted a larger crowd in recent seasons.

The Winners of the Kentucky Oaks

Rachel Alexandra was a spectacular winner of this event and went on to win the 2009 Preakness Stakes. In doing so, she became the first filly to win the race in 85 years. She won races in six states against fillies and Grade 1 colts and older horses.

Rachel Alexandra was sent off long odds-on favourite for the Kentucky Oaks following four successive victories and did not let her supporters down. Rachel Alexandra was poised in second place turning for home before being kicked on at the quarter mile pole. She produced an amazing turn of foot to finish just outside Bird Town’s race record. She completed the last 1/8th of a mile in 12 seconds. After winning the Kentucky Oaks by a record margin, Rachel Alexandra was sold for an undisclosed amount (thought to be in advance of $10 million) to Stonestreet Stables & Harold T. McCormick.

Silverbulletday won five straight races in 1999 including the Kentucky Oaks and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. She later won the Monmouth Oaks at Monmouth Park and the Alabama Stakes. She then added the Grade I Gazelle Handicap and finished second in the Beldame Stakes to Beautiful Pleasure. In 2000, Silverbulletday won the Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland Race Course and finished second in the Grade II Fleur de Lis and Molly Pitcher Handicaps.

Rags To Riches was another high-class winner in 2007, winning by four and a half-lengths. She then put up a tremendous effort to beat Curlin in the Belmont Stakes by a head in a thrilling finish.

The Records

The fastest time at its present distance was 1:48.64 set by Bird Town in 2003. The record time over the old distance of a mile and half is 2:39 set by Felicia in 1877. This time was matched by Belle of Nelson in 1878 and also by Katie Creel in 1882.

The biggest winning margin is a staggering 20 ¼ lengths by Rachel Alexandra in 2009. Don’t count on something like this when betting on the 2013 Kentucky Oaks though. The longest priced winner in the history of the race was Lemons Forever (47-1) in 2006. Jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Manual Ycaza share the honours as leading jockey with four winners apiece. Rosie Napravnik became the first lady jockey to ride the winner on Believe You Can in 2012. The most successful trainer in the race is Woody Stephens with five winners (1959, 1960, 1963, 1978, 1981) whilst Calumet Farm have owned the winner on six occasions.

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