Kentucky Oaks 137 Update for March 21: Inglorious Favored in Fair Grounds Oaks as Kathmanblu Passes

Kentucky Oaks Report

The Kentucky Oaks (G1) lost a starter on March 5 following TURBULENT DESCENT's (Congrats) victory over ZAZU (Tapit) in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1). However, it's not the loser who has bowed out. Turbulent Descent's connections indicated that she would bypass the first Friday in May and instead point for a summer campaign in New York. Her main goals at this point appear to be the June 11 Acorn S. (G1) and August 6 Test S. (G1).

Bouquet Booth to skip Fair Grounds Oaks

Trainer Steve Margolis will likely run both LITTLE MISS HOLLY (Maria's Mon) and SWITCHING GEARS (Tapit) in the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).

The Margolis filly who might have been expected to take part, BOUQUET BOOTH (Flower Alley), will skip the Fair Grounds Oaks after finishing fourth in the February 19 Rachel Alexandra S. (G3). Bouquet Booth had previously won the Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds and the Delta Downs Princess S. (G3).

Final Day to Submit Online Nominations for Kentucky Oaks Day Survivors Parade is Friday, March 18 at 5 p.m. ET

The final day to nominate someone to march in this year’s Survivors Parade on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs is Friday (March 18) at 5 p.m. ET.

Kentucky Oaks 137 Update

KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER / POOL ENDS WITH KATHMANBLU AS SOLID FAVORITE – The single pool of Churchill Downs’ 2011 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) looked very much like a wide open affair heading into the three-day betting pool, but Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stable’s Kathmanblu (#11) turned the race for the role of favorite in the pool into a runaway.

Kathmanblu Emerges As Solid Favorite in 2011 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

Kathmanblu Is New Favorite Heading Into Final Day of Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

Joyful Victory flies home in Honeybee

Fox Hill Farms' JOYFUL VICTORY (Tapit) was content to track behind the early pace in Saturday's $125,000 Honeybee S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park, but asserted her superiority in the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile test. Coming wide around the turn, the gray lass quickly took command and easily drew off to be 8 3/4 lengths clear on the wire while stopping the clock in 1:44 4/5 in her three-year-old bow.

Wyomia returns a winner in Suncoast

Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's WYOMIA (Vindication) settled off the pace through the early part of Saturday's $55,500 Suncoast S. at Tampa Bay Downs, angled in to split horses in midstretch, and just ran down Devilish Lady (Sweetsouthernsaint) by a head on the wire.

Local rider Frederic Lenclud picked up the mount on the Curtis Garrison trainee in the mile-and-40-yard test and guided Wyomia to finish up in 1:39 4/5 over the fast dirt.

Zazu, Kathmanblu Favored After Opening Session of 2011 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

Dixie City, Joyful Victory return in Honeybee

Nine will line-up on Saturday for the $125,000 Honeybee S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park, the final local prep for that track's April 10 Fantasy S. (G2), and the 1 1/16-mile test features the return of Demoiselle S. (G2) heroine DIXIE CITY (Dixie Union) and Frizette S. (G1) third JOYFUL VICTORY (Tapit).

Kentucky Oaks 137 Update for Friday, March 11

Swiss Watch Brand Longines Named 'Official Watch, Timekeeper of Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby Trophy Collection

Churchill Downs, in conjunction with New England Sterling, the official manufacturer of the Kentucky Derby Trophy, introduced the Kentucky Derby Trophy Collection in November 2010. This exciting new program was launched just before the end of the 2010 racing season and was showcased in the Turf Club foyer.

'All Others' Strong Morning Line Choice For 2011 Kentucky Oaks Future Pool; Exactas Added

Kentucky Oaks not in Turbulent Descent's plans

The connections of Santa Anita Oaks (G1) winner TURBULENT DESCENT (Congrats) have all but ruled out a bid at the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and will instead point the filly toward shorter races, trainer Mike Puype told Daily Racing Form on Tuesday.

Turbulent Descent captured the Santa Anita Oaks last Saturday by a neck over Zazu (Tapit), a rival that beat her two starts back in the Las Virgenes S. (G1).

Turbulent Descent just holds in Santa Anita Oaks win

Blinkers On Racing Stable et al's TURBULENT DESCENT (Congrats) gained a measure of revenge on Saturday when holding the late rush of Zazu (Tapit) to take the $250,000 Santa Anita Oaks (G1). The last time the two met, Zazu handed Turbulent Descent her first career loss in the Las Virgenes S. (G1), but Saturday's contest saw their roles reversed as Turbulent Descent got the jump on her rival to post a neck victory under jockey David Flores.

Kentucky Oaks Report

R HEAT LIGHTNING (Trippi) returned to form when trouncing her Davona Dale S. (G2) rivals last Saturday at Gulfstream Park and is looking good for this year's Kentucky Oaks (G1). DANCINGINHERDREAMS (Tapit) gained a measure of revenge against POMEROYS PISTOL (Pomeroy) when holding that rival to third by a head in the one-mile test, but neither could withstand the Lightning strike.

Besides the Davona Dale, last week didn't yield much in the way of Oaks contenders, though a nice new maiden winner did pop up at Gulfstream on Wednesday.

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Kentucky Oaks 137 Update for Friday, March 4

CHAMPION AWESOME FEATHER HEADS 117 FILLIES NOMINATED TO $1 MILLION KENTUCKY OAKS -- Awesome Feather, the unbeaten 2-year-old filly champion of 2010 and winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I), heads a strong roster 117 fillies that are early nominees to compete for the record $1 million purse in the 137th running of the Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, May 6 at Churchill Downs.

Unbeaten Champion Awesome Feather Heads 117 Fillies Nominated to 137 Running of $1 Million Kentucky Oaks

Stronach Stable’s Awesome Feather, the unbeaten 2-year-old filly champion of 2010 and winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I), sits atop 117 talented fillies on the roster of early nominees to compete for a record $1 million purse offered for the 137th running of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6 at Churchill Downs.