Kentucky Oaks 2020 Report (7-10-20)

A trio of Kentucky Oaks 2020 points races have run since I last checked in, and Shedaresthedevil was the most impressive winner of the three. Next up is the Ashland at Keeneland on July 11, and Venetian Harbor is going to be tough to catch in that one.

Kentucky Oaks Points Race Recaps

Delaware Oaks (G3) Recap (7-4-20) – Winner: Project Whiskey ($79.60)

It was bombs away in this affair. Post time favorite Piece of My Heart had a slim early lead over Long Point Beach and Project Whiskey. Dream Marie made a wide early move and joined the crowd up front. Project Whiskey and Dream Marie battled in the lane and the former prevailed by a half-length. Princess Kadey rallied for the show and was followed by Piece of My Heart and Hopeful Growth. It was a big gap back to Comical, and Queen Bridget beat one home after a tardy beginning. Long Point Beach was the distant trailer. This sure did not seem like a strong race.

Indiana Oaks Recap (7-8-20) – Winner: Shedaresthedevil ($3.20)

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Miss T Too jumped out to the early lead, and strong favorite Shedaresthedevil tracked by herself in 2nd. The latter turned up the heat at the six furlong mark, and she took over after that and opened up in the lane. She scored by a very easy five lengths. Impeccable Style stalked in 3rd, followed the winner, and secured the runner-up spot. Bayerness was best of the rest in 3rd. Fire Coral just got past Miss T Too to complete the superfecta. Gibberish and Spartanka were next, and Alandra never got involved and was basically eased.

Beaumont Stakes (G3) Recap (7-10-20) – Winner: Four Graces ($3.40)

This extended sprint was down to five runners after Speech scratched in favor of the Ashland (G1). Four Graces battled with Wicked Whisper, and she put away that rival in the stretch and scored by a shade under five lengths. Sconsin rallied to finish a clear 2nd, and Turtle Trax was best of the rest in 3rd. Wicked Whisper weakened to 4th and Slam Dunk trailed. This was an Oaks points race, but I doubt the winner wants to go a mile and an eighth. She is now 4-for-4 at seven panels, and that is clearly her preferred trip.

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Kentucky Oaks Top 20 Points Leaders (thru Beaumont 7-10-20)

310 Points: Swiss Skydiver

100 Points: Bonny South

90 Points: Shedaresthedevil

80 Points: Finite

64 Points: Water White

62 Points: Donna Veloce

60 Points: Speech, Tonalist’s Shape

55 Points: Lucrezia

50 Points: British Idiom, Gamine, Venetian Harbor

47 Points: Tempers Rising

40 Points: Four Graces

30 Points: Alta’s Award, Dream Marie

20 Points: Antoinette, Merneith, Pleasant Orb, Queen of God, Spice Is Nice

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Updated Kentucky Oaks 2020 Points Race Schedule

Ashland (100-40-20-10) – July 11 
Coaching Club American Oaks (100-40-20-10) – July 18
Monmouth Oaks (50-20-10-5) – August 1
Audubon Oaks (10-4-2-1) – August 9
Alabama (100-40-20-10) – August 15

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Jarrod Horak’s Fabulous Five Kentucky Oaks 2020 Contenders (7-10-20)   

#1 – GAMINE – Romping G1 Acorn winner might go next in CCAO at the Spa.     

#2 – VENETIAN HARBOR – Looks like the controlling speed in Ashland on July 11.

#3 – SWISS SKYDIVER – Taking on the boys in the Blue Grass Stakes on July 11.

#4 – TONALIST’S SHAPE – Not going in Ashland. Coaching Club American Oaks next.

#5 – SHEDARESTHEDEVIL – Consistent filly ran win streak to two in Indiana Oaks.