137 Kentucky Oaks establishes new all-sources wagering mark as Plum Pretty wins Lillies

A crowd of 110,122, the third-highest Kentucky Oaks attendance in history, gathered under sunny spring skies at Churchill Downs to witness Plum Pretty capture the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies.

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Plum Pretty Holds Off St. John's River

Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty, ridden by Martin Garcia, took command in the middle of the far turn and then held off a late charge along the rail from St. John’s River to win the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) by a neck before the third-largest Oaks Day crowd of 110,122 on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Plum Pretty, who entered the Oaks off a 25-length victory in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks on March 27, is trained by Bob Baffert, who also won the Oaks in 1999 with Silverbulletday.

Plum Pretty holds back River to take Oaks

Peachtree Stable's PLUM PRETTY (Medaglia d'Oro) settled just outside of the early pace in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1), took over in midstretch and just held off the game late rush of St. John's River (Include) to post a neck victory in the 1 1/8-mile event. Last seen dominating the Sunland Park Oaks by 25 lengths, the Bob Baffert trainee finished up in 1:49 2/5 on Churchill Downs' fast track to return $14.60, $7 and $4.60 under jockey Martin Garcia.

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Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes for May 5 - Summer Soiree Ready for Debut for Motion

BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – Right Time Racing’s two-pronged Kentucky Oaks (GI) entry of Street Storm and Bouquet Booth went to the track early and late, respectively, on a bright, clear Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.

Street Storm, who will be ridden Friday by Shaun Bridgmohan, jogged before the renovation break alongside a pony with exercise rider Williams Cano up. Street Storm will break from post position 10 in the Oaks.

The Backside

Barn Notes: Wednesday May 4 - Zazu Says 'Hello'

BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – Right Time Racing’s Kentucky Oaks duo of Bouquet Booth and Street Storm galloped a mile and a half after the morning renovation break on a chilly Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs over a fast track.

Alex Castanon was aboard Bouquet Booth and Williams Cano was on Street Storm, longshot chances in the Oaks with morning line odds of 20-1 and 50-1, respectively.

Kentucky Oaks Preview

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).

Overview

Star-Studded La Troienne, Alysheba Head Stakes Undercard on Kentucky Oaks Day

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.

Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes for May 3 - Zazu Arrives from California For Oaks Run

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.

Joyful Victory Draws Rail, Is 5-2 Favorite

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.

Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes for May 2

 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.

Barn Notes,May 1 - Joyful Victory Dazzles

ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Arienza is no longer under consideration for Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and will most likely run in Friday’s$100,000 Eight Belles (GIII) Presented by ACS, trainer Danny Peitz said Sunday morning , before adding, “unless (ToddPletcher’s filly (R Heat Lightning) and (LarryJones’ filly (Joyful Victo

Barn Notes for April 30 - Works by Four Fillies

ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s lightly raced Arienza walked the shedrow at Barn 37 Saturday morning, a day after working a bullet five furlongs in :59.40.

She came out of the work real good and ate up, which is good to see when she worked as fast as she did,” trainer Dan Peitz said.

Arienza Dazzles, But Still on Fence for Kentucky Oaks 137, Three More Oaks Fillies Work and Summer Soiree Gallops at Churchill

ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Fantasy (GII) runner-up Arienza worked five furlongs in :59.40 over a track labeled as “fast” matching Kentucky Derby hopeful Archarcharch for the fastest time of 58 at the distance Friday morning at Churchill Downs.

With retired jockey Larry Melancon up, Arienza clicked off fractions of :11.80, :23.20 and :34.40.