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The $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) is the nation’s premiere race for three-year-old fillies. Six of the past 10 winners were crowned divisional champion at the end of the season, and Friday’s 137th renewal highlights a dynamite card at Churchill Downs that includes six stakes. Probable favorite R Heat Lightning dropped out of consideration earlier in the week due to a knee injury, but a strong field of 13 remains in the “Run for the Lilies.”
The Oaks will be televised live on VERSUS from 5-6 p.m. (EDT).
TwinSpires.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill Downs Inc., on Wednesday announced a partnership through which TwinSpires.com will be an official provider of horse racing information to NBCSports.com.
The return of 2010 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Blind Luck in a rematch with Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (GI) winner and 2010 Clark Handicap (GI) winner Giant Oak highlight a top class roster of runners entered Tuesday for five stakes races on the 12-race Kentucky Oaks Day racing card on Friday, May 6.
The five stakes, four of them graded, begin at 1:26 p.m. (all times Eastern) and lead up to the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks. First post time Friday is 10:30 a.m. with the Oaks at 5:45 p.m.
BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – While Street Storm walked the shedrow at trainer Steve Margolis’ barn on a cool and wet Tuesday morning, her immediate racing future was being hashed out by Dann Glick, head of the partnership of Right Time Racing that owns the filly.
ANIMAL KINGDOM/TOBY’S CORNER – Dianne D. Cotter’s Wood Memorial (G1) winner Toby’s Corner has an injury to his left hind leg that will prevent him from running in the Kentucky Derby.
Fox Hills Farms’ Joyful Victory, runaway winner of Oaklawn Park’s Honeybee (Grade III) and Fantasy (GII) in her past two starts, tops a stellar cast of 13 3-year-old fillies entered to compete in Friday’s 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI) at Churchill Downs.
Wood Memorial (G1) winner TOBY'S CORNER (Bellamy Road) was ruled out of the Kentucky Derby (G1) Tuesday morning after sustaining an ill-timed setback.
The Graham Motion trainee completed his final serious work when negotiating six furlongs in 1:15 at Fair Hill on Sunday. He was reportedly showing signs of unsoundness in his left hind leg Monday and underwent diagnostic tests by Dr. Dean Richardson at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania, which did not pinpoint an injury.
BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – Right Time Racing’s Bouquet Booth galloped a mile and half under Alex Castanon over a sloppy track after the renovation break, as did stablemate Street Storm under Williams Cano.
ANIMAL KINGDOM/TOBY’S CORNER – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom returned to the track Monday morning and jogged a mile over a sloppy course.
Dan Rock, assistant to trainer Graham Motion, sent the colt out a little after 7 a.m. during a short break in the rain.
The Leroidesanimaux colt worked six furlongs Saturday morning in 1:13. Rock said the colt has come out of the work in good order.
Brisnet Derby Top 10 -- May 2
1. Dialed In -- The rallying winner of arguably the most competitive prep this season, the Florida Derby (G1), fired a warning shot to his rivals with a terrific half-mile work at Palm Meadows last Thursday. By blazing his final furlong in :11 3/5 and finishing well clear of his workmate, the Nick Zito trainee signaled that he'll enter the Kentucky Derby (G1) in razor-sharp form.