Horse Racing News: 13 Entered for 137th Kentucky Oaks; Toby’s Corner Pulled From Derby


The 137th running of the prestigious Kentucky Oaks drew a field of 13 on Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. The Grade 1 race will be run on Friday afternoon with a post time set for 5:24pm EST. The race will be televised on Versus.

With the withdrawal of R Heat Lightning, Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms Joyful Victory was as installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite.

“We’ve got the shortest way around; we drew the rail” said Joyful Victory’s trainer Larry Jones.

“I don’t think (jockey) Mike (Smith of Zenyatta fame) will have to do anything in particular…we’re not expected to go to the front,” said Jones. “If we had a front runner, you’ve got to break well, but we’ll probably be mid pack anyway…there’s a lot of speed in (the field). There’s going to be some (fillies) behind us…but we should get a good trip”.

Multiple stakes winner Kathmanblu (#4) and, recent conqueror of Turbulent Descent, Zazu (#6) were listed as co-second choices at 4-1.

Lilacs and Lace, who won the Ashland in her last start at 48-1 and knocked off heavy favorite Kathmanblu in the process, drew the #2 post and opens at 12-1 morning line.

“It’s fine…she’s quick early; she broke from the inside in the Ashland,” trainer John Terranova said of Lilacs and Lace, “I hope we can get it done from there; we’ll see.”

Of the 13 entered, an eye popping seven have morning line odds of 20-1 or better.

Of one of the super longshots, St. John’s River (30-1), owner Dede McGhee said “I’m thrilled; I’m happy, I think I’d rather be outside than inside; we aren’t going to be in the front. I’m just happy to be here; I just leave all the logistics to (trainer) Andy Leggio.”


The Field: (in Post Position Order, Jockey and Morning Line or Opening Odds)

Post Horse Jockey ML
1 Joyful Victory Smith, Mike 5/2
2 Lilacs and Lace Castellano, Javier 12/1
3 Summer Soiree Saez, Gabriel 5/1
4 Kathmanblu Leparoux, Julien 4/1
5 Suave Voir Faire Mena, Miguel 50/1
6 Zazu Rosario, Joel 4/1
7 Her Smile Gomez, Garret 20/1
8 Bouquet Booth Albarado, Robby 20/1
9 Daisy Devine Graham, James 20/1
10 Street Storm Bridgmohan, Shaun 50/1
11 Holy Heavens Desormeaux, Kent 50/1
12 Plum Pretty Garcia, Martin 5/1
13 St. Jonn’s River Napravnik, Rosie 30/1


  I will have a complete analysis of the race posted no later that Thursday evening, so be sure and check back with me.

Joyful Victory has been installed as the 5-2 Morning Line Favorite for the 137th Kentucky Oaks


In a developing story, the Kentucky Derby lost another of its horses that was sure to take some betting action on Saturday.

Trainer Graham Motion noticed Wood Memorial winner Toby’s Corner limping slightly on his left rear leg and was immediately sent to New Bolton Center in West Chester, Pa., to be examined.

Toby’s Corner spent the night at New Bolton and all the tests proved negative. He was returned to Motion’s farm near Fair Hill earlier on May 3rd.

Wood Memorial winner Toby's Corner has been declared for the Kentucky Derby