Kentucky Oaks Report for April 5

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Kentucky Oaks has been pushed back four months. The new 2020 date for the Oaks is Friday, Sept. 4. More points races will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks and months. Let’s catch up on all the recent action.

The next scheduled Oaks points race is the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Friday, May 1. The winner will receive 100 Oaks points.

Kentucky Oaks 2020 Points Race Recaps

Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) Recap (3-28-20) – Winner: Swiss Skydiver ($20.20)

This was an oddly run race. Multiple contenders had early-pressing speed (Lake Avenue, Lucrezia, Spice Is Nice, Tonalist’s Shape), but Lake Avenue and Lucrezia were the only ones from that bunch to secure a forward position. I thought Swiss Skydiver was a live exotics contender from off the pace, but nobody else wanted the lead, so Paco Lopez took advantage and sent Ken McPeek’s filly straight to the front. Lucrezia chased, and 105-1 outsider Bahan Girl was behind those two, followed by Lake Avenue. There was absolutely no movement in this affair. Lucrezia tried to go after Swiss Skydiver at the six furlong mark, but the latter spurted away in the lane and scored by 3-1/2 lengths. Lucrezia just held 2nd over Lake Avenue, and Bajan Girl was well clear of the rest in 4th. That brings us to 5th place finisher Spice Is Nice. She was somehow in 11th place after the opening half-mile, and was wide and going nowhere fast. She did manage to pass six rivals in a race dominated by speed horses, and adding blinkers would not be the worst move in the world. Dream Marie was next, followed by Tonalist’s Shape, Spartanka, Mrs. S, Inveterate, Sunset Promise, and Addilyn.


Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard (thru GP Oaks 3-28-20)

100 Points: Bonny South, Swiss Skydiver

80 Points: Finite

62 Points: Donna Veloce

60 Points: Tonalist’s Shape

54 Points: Water White

50 Points: British Idiom, Lucrezia, Shedaresthedevil

47 Points: Tempers Rising

35 Points: Lake Avenue

20 Points: Alta’s Award, Antoinette, Speech, Spice Is Nice

16 Points: Motu

10 Points: Dream Marie, Harvey’s Lil Goil, Lazy Daisy, Serein, Storie Blue, Venetian Harbour, Wicked Whisper

8 Points: Pass the Plate


Jarrod Horak’s Fabulous Five Kentucky Oaks 2020 Contenders (4-5-20)

#1 – DONNA VELOCE – Santa Ysabel winner drilled 5f at SA on April 4.      

#2 – VENETIAN HARBOR – Las Virgenes winner worked 5f at SA on April 4.          

#3 – BRITISH IDIOM – Breezed half-mile at OP on April 4. The Fantasy Stakes is next.

#4 – HARVEY’S LIL GOIL – Sharp Busanda winner breezed 4f at Payson Park March 29.

#5 – SPICE IS NICE – Davona Dale runner-up did not run her best race in GP Oaks.