Racing News

Kentucky Oaks 137 Update for April 11

Lilacs and Lace turned in a 48-1 shocker in Keeneland's Grade I Ashland, but Joyful Victory looked like a potential favorite for the Kentucky Oaks in her romp in Oaklawn Park's Fantasy.

| Churchill Downs | 04/12/2011 #
  • Lilacs and Lace surges clear at 48-1 to win the Ashland (Coady Photography)

  • Fox Hill Farm's Joyful Victory rolled to another dominant win in Sunday's Fantasy (Coady Photography)

MIDWEST (Illinois, Kentucky) / CALIFORNIA EXPORT LILACS AND LACE STUNS ASHLAND FIELD AT 48-1 – Lilacs and Lace, dismissed at odds of 48-1 despite stakes success in Northern California, led most of the way and held off Wyomia in the stretch to score a major upset in Keeneland’s 74th running of the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (Grade I) and earned a start in Churchill Downs$1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI).  

Favored Kathmanblu, the favorite in this year’s Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, finished third before 23,155 fans. 

Owned by James Covello, Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel and trained by John Terranova, the daughter of Flower Alley won by a length under jockey Javier Castellano and covered 1 1/16 miles on the synthetic Polytrack course in 1:42.73.

“We talked about it before the race that if she broke well, to take it from there,” said Castellano.  “She had a perfect trip.”

Lilacs and Lace won the Jan. 1 California Oaks at Northern California’s Golden Gate Fields for trainer Duane Offield, but she was turned over to Terranova after Covello purchased a majority interest in the filly.  She finished fourth to runaway winner Summer Soiree in Turfway’s Bourbonette Oaks (GIII) in her debut for her new barn.

Trainer Ken McPeek blamed a wide journey for Kathmanblu’s loss, which snapped a string of three straight stakes wins.

“She just got hung too wide to beat the winner,” he said.  “She just never had the chance to get inside and save ground.”

Bouquet Booth finished fourth, and was followed by Grand Style, Draw It, Delightful Mary, Excited and second betting choice Dancinginherdreams.  The John Ward Jr.-trained Dancinginherdreams, the winner of last fall’s Pocahontas (GII) at Churchill Downs, lost for the third time in as many races in 2011.

SOUTH (Arkansas, Louisiana) / JOYFUL VICTORY ROLLS AGAIN IN FANTASY – On the far turn, Sunday’s $300,000 Fantasy Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park looked like a match race between unbeaten Arienza and Honeybee (GIII) winner Joyful Victory, but it didn’t take long to see that Arienza, and maybe no 3-year-old filly, is a match for Joyful Victory.

Mike Smith urged the Fox Hill Farm filly past Arienza in upper stretch and easily pulled away to seven-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile prep for the Kentucky Oaks.  The gray daughter of Tapit, who won the Honeybee by 8 ¾ lengths for trainer J. Larry Jones, finished the Fantasy’s 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.74.  Holy Heavens was third in the small field of four fillies.

Joyful Victory could become the third straight Fantasy winner to win the Kentucky Oaks, following Blind Luck (2010) and Rachel Alexandra (2009).  Fox Hill’s ill-fated Kentucky Derby (GI) runner-up Eight Belles won the 2008 Fantasy.

EAST (Maryland, New York) – HOT SUMMER SURPRISES IN COMELYHarold Queen’s Florida-based Hot Summer rallied from just off the pace and rolled to a 2 ¾-length victory in the $150,000 Comely (GIII) at Aqueduct.

The David Fawkes-trained Malibu Moon filly waited patiently before bursting through an opening in upper stretch and rushed clear under Jockey Luis Saez for her third win in five career races.  Hot Summer, a nominee to the Kentucky Oaks who is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park, pushed her career earnings to $158,000.

Her Smile finished second, favored Ava K. was third and R Holiday Mood finished fourth.

Los Alamitos Futurity Added to 2014-15 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' Series

The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade I) has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The series of 35 select races – 19 “Prep Season” races and 16 “Championship Series” races – will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

Updates Powered by

Visit for expert handicapping, picks and analysis Derby Week and all year long

Derby Stories

Lindsay & Els Chicago, IL

First time at the Oaks so that's why we have these crazy hats on, shaped like cheese hats and painted pink in honor of Bright Pink, which is a great charity.
Paula's picking California Chrome

Kentucky Derby 140 presented by Yum! - The Race

Kentucky Derby 140 - Road to the Derby

Kentucky Derby 140 Intro

Around the Downs - The Stables

The Race

54 Photos


California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.