Kentucky Oaks 2020 Blog: Santa Ynez Recap + Silverbulletday Preview
The Kentucky Oaks 2020 points race series has a new leader. Thee-time grade one winner Bast began the new year in style with a solid victory in the Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) on Jan. 5.
The next points race is the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (race 12) at Fair Grounds on Saturday, Jan. 18. Likely favorite Finite has captured her last three starts including the Golden Rod (G2) under the Twin Spires to end her juvenile campaign. She is strictly the one to beat for Steve Asmussen. Her main rival appears to be Portrait for trainer Brad Cox. She ran off the screen in her extended sprint maiden win at Ellis Park, and was last seen finishing 3rd in the Pocahontas (G2). His Glory has the speed to succeed for Tom Amoss, and Tempers Rising looks like the best closer in the field.
Kentucky Oaks 2020 Points Race Recaps
Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) Recap (1-5-20) – Winner: Bast ($3.20)
Bast towered over her rivals from a class standpoint, and she drew the perfect outside post in this extended sprint. Auberge and Golden Principal battled on the lead from the two inside posts, and Bast tracked them from the outside. Those three dominated throughout and Bast was able to wear down her two inexperienced stablemates to score by a bit less than two lengths. Auberge was second best and Golden Principal finished more than nine lengths in front of Orquidias Biz. K P Dreamin and Lovely Lilia trailed. This was a Kentucky Oaks 2020 points race and Bast is the new leader with 34 points.
Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard (thru Santa Ynez 1-5-20)
34 Points: Bast
30 Points: British Idiom
12 Points: Donna Veloce
10 Points: Finite, Lake Avenue, Lazy Daisy, Wicked Whisper
6 Points: Perfect Alibi
4 Points: Auberge, Comical, Frank’s Rockette, His Glory, K P Dreamin, Maedean, Motu
2 Points: Alandra, Blame Debbie, Golden Principal, Lady Glamour, Portrait, Slam Dunk
1 Point: Been Studying Her, Blood Curdling, Critical Value, Gingham, Gone Glimmering, Ice Princess, Orquidias Biz, She Can’t Sing
Jarrod Horak’s Fabulous Five Kentucky Oaks 2020 Contenders (1-12-20)
#1 – DONNA VELOCE – Just missed in BC Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Starlet (G1).
#2 – BRITISH IDIOM – BC Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner spending the winter at Fair Grounds.
#3 – BAST – 3-time G1 winner began 2020 with a victory in Santa Ynez (G2).
#4 – MAEDEAN – Solid rallying 2nd over speed favoring oval in Demoiselle (G2).
#5 – MOTU – Last seen finishing 2nd from outside post on wet track in Golden Rod (G2).