Kentucky Oaks Report (6-11-20)

Another Kentucky Oaks 2020 points race, and yet another victory for Swiss Skydiver. She sure is racking up the Oaks points after capturing her third straight graded route in the Santa Anita Oaks on June 6.  

Kentucky Oaks Points Race Recaps

Dogwood Stakes (G3) Recap (6-6-20) – Winner: Four Graces ($6.60)

Four Graces dueled on the lead with Ain’t No Elmers in this extended sprint under the Twin Spires, and an unlucky Edgeway stalked the pace from the outside post while taking the overland route. Four Graces had plenty left and kept Edgeway at bay en route to a 2-1/2 length victory. The latter was clearly second best in a strong performance. The top two finishers ran well, but I doubt they are Oaks fillies. They are decent sprinters, and I would take Edgeway to turn the tables if they face each other again in a race like the Beaumont at Keeneland next month. Bayerness was best of the rest in 3rd, and was followed by Lady Glamour, Ain’t No Elmers, Clivetty, Magic Dance, and Naughty Thoughts. 

Santa Anita Oaks (G2) Recap (6-6-20) – Winner: Swiss Skydiver ($3.20)

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Swiss Skydiver seized control from the inside post right out of the gate vs. three opponents, and she was never seriously threatened in an easy four-length triumph. This was her third straight graded route victory, but we did not learn much in this race. Speech sat patiently in 3rd, and her rider Flavien Prat was hoping Merneith would pressure the front running chalk. The latter only applied token pressure, and Speech gave futile chase in a clear runner-up finish. Merneith weakened to 3rd and her stablemate Regal Beauty trailed throughout.

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Kentucky Oaks Top 20 Points Leaders (thru Dogwood Stakes & SA Oaks 6-6-20)

310 Points: Swiss Skydiver

100 Points: Bonny South

80 Points: Finite

70 Points: Shedaresthedevil

62 Points: Donna Veloce

60 Points: Speech, Tonalist’s Shape

54 Points: Water White

50 Points: British Idiom, Lucrezia, Venetian Harbor

47 Points: Tempers Rising

35 Points: Lake Avenue

30 Points: Alta’s Award

20 Points: Antoinette, Four Graces, Merneith, Spice Is Nice

16 Points: Motu

10 Points: Wicked Whisper

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Updated Kentucky Oaks 2020 Points Race Schedule

Acorn (50-20-10-5) – June 20
Delaware Oaks (50-20-10-5) – July 4
Indiana Oaks (20-8-4-2) – July 8
Beaumont (20-8-4-2) – July 10
Monmouth Oaks (50-20-10-5) – July 11
Ashland (100-40-20-10) – August 1 

Jarrod Horak’s Fabulous Five Kentucky Oaks 2020 Contenders (6-11-20)   

#1 – GAMINE – Baffert’s $1.8 million filly goes next in G1 Acorn at Belmont on June 20.    

#2 – VENETIAN HARBOR – Fantasy Stakes (G3) runner-up possible for Acorn.

#3 – SWISS SKYDIVER – Completed a graded route hat trick in SA Oaks (G2).

#4 – TONALIST’S SHAPE – Got back on the beam in Hollywood Wildcat on May 15.

#5 – SPICE IS NICE – Pletcher’s filly worked four times since May 17 including June 4 bullet.