Kentucky Oaks 2020 Blog: BC Juvenile Fillies Recap
The Kentucky Oaks points race series for 2020 had it’s biggest stop year at Santa Anita Park on Friday, Nov. 1, and British Idiom locked up the Eclipse Award for top juvenile filly with a neck victory over Donna Veloce in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). The next two points races are both on November 30 (Demoiselle at AQU and Golden Rod at CD).
Kentucky Oaks 2020 Points Race Recaps
BC JUVENLE FILLIES – Winner: British Idiom ($7.40)
The pace did not play out quite as expected. It was contested, and I landed on Bast because I thought she would sit the right stalking trip behind fast fractions. I was not expecting her to be dueling on the lead with longshot Two Sixty and third choice Wicked Whisper. Donna Veloce sat in the garden spot behind the three dueling leaders, and she got first run and took over in the stretch under Flavien Prat. She only had one sprint prep under her belt and her lack of seasoning cost her the win. British Idiom was able to save ground behind the speed, and with two starts and a grade one route win on her resume, she was able to wear down Donna Veloce to prevail by a neck. Bast just kept on trying all the way to the wire and was about two lengths behind the top pair. This was a big effort to finish 3rd for Bob Baffert’s filly. Her two pace rivals faded badly, and the final results could have looked quite different if she was able to stalk the pace. Donna Veloce put in a very big effort in just her second lifetime start. She has plenty of upside. British Idiom will almost certainly get the top juvenile filly award. Perfect Alibi was 4th, followed by Wicked Whisper, Lazy Daisy, Comical, K P Dreamin, and Two Sixty. The final time was a slow 1:47.07 on the deep, tiring main track.
Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard (thru BC Juvenile Fillies)
30 Points: British Idiom
14 Points: Bast
10 Points: Lazy Daisy, Wicked Whisper
8 Points: Donna Veloce
6 Points: Perfect Alibi
4 Points: Comical, Frank’s Rockette, His Glory
2 Points: Alandra, K P Dreamin, Portrait, Slam Dunk
1 Point: Been Studying Her, Blood Curdling, Gone Glimmering, Ice Princess
Jarrod Horak’s Fabulous Five Kentucky Oaks 2020 Contenders (11-10-19)
#1 – DONNA VELOCE – Almost won BC Juvenile Fillies in second career start.
#2 – BRITISH IDIOM – 3-for-3 with G1 wins in Alcibiades and BC Juvenile Fillies.
#3 – BAST – Del Mar Debutante (G1) & Chandelier (G1) winner solid 3rd in BC.
#4 – ALANDRA – Rallied for 3rd after slow start in Alcibiades. Plenty of upside.
#5 – SARALIN – $1.3 million filly clear 2nd to Gingham in 8f bow at SA Oct. 31.