Kentucky Oaks

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9:52 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Churchill Downs' Officials Prep for Kentucky Oaks

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The fight against breast and ovarian cancers will again be the focus of Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.

The 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks will be preceded by the 6th annual Pink Out and Survivors Parade.  Both focus on raising awareness and funds for cancer research.

The 2014 Survivors Parade will include 140 people who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.

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Local News
11:01 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Today: A Very Derby Byline

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The Kentucky Oaks runs today and the Kentucky Derby runs tomorrow (obviously), and WFPL is taking Byline to Churchill Downs to talk horses.

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Local News
1:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kentucky Derby Post Draw is This Afternoon; Albarado to Ride Golden Soul

A full field of 20 horses is expected for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

The Derby post positions will be drawn later today.

An unexpected addition to the field was announced yesterday when the owners of Giant Finish announced that he would run.

Giant Finish has enough points in the new Derby qualifying system to take the 20th spot in the field, bumping Fear the Kitten from the list of 20 starters.   Fear the Kitten could get into the race if there's  a scratch.  

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Local News
1:22 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Dreaming of Julia Leads Field of 11 in Kentucky Oaks

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A field of 11 is set for Friday’s running of the 139th Kentucky Oaks.

The post positions for the fillies-only race were drawn this  morning at Churchill Downs.

The early favorite, at 3 -1, is Dreaming of Julia, one of four Todd Pletcher-trained entries.    Jockey John Velazquez will be aboard.

Dreaming of Julia is coming off an impressive victory last month in the Gulfstream Park Oaks, which she won by nearly 22 lengths. 

She'll  break from post position eight in the Kentucky Oaks.

Local News
12:54 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Churchill Downs and Louisville Metro Police Outline Kentucky Derby, Oaks Security Plans

Churchill Downs officials, Louisville Metro Police and others discuss security plans for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
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It's becoming a common refrain.

As with Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville Metro Police are urging attendees to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks to report suspicious activity, in a bid to heighten security after last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

"If you see something, say something," said Maj. Kelly Jones of Louisville Metro Police. "Find the nearest police officer, tell him or her, 'Hey it doesn't look right,' or, 'This is suspicious,' or, 'It bothers me.' We'll be happy to address it. That's why we're here—to serve the public and make sure everybody is safe."

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Local News
11:44 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Albarado Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

Jockey Robby Albarado has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge. The veteran rider is charged in an alleged case of domestic violence.

Albarado’s attorney, Scott Barton, entered the plea today in Jefferson District Court to the misdemeanor charge. A July trial date was set. The jockey was arrested Friday and charged with fourth-degree assault for allegedly accosting a woman who said she was trying to break up with him.

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Sports
7:10 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Believe You Can is the Kentucky Oaks Champion; Napravnik Makes History

Believe You Can has won the 2012 Kentucky Oaks.    

With jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard, the filly finished just ahead of Broadway’s Alibi. Napravnik is the first female to ride a Kentucky Oaks winner.

Grace Hall, the early favorite, was third.

The rain-delayed race was run before 112,552 fans Churchill Downs, the second-largest Oaks crowd. 

Sports
3:18 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Derby & Oaks Race Handicapping With the Pros

On Oaks Friday, WFPL's State of the News headed to Churchill Downs to spend an hour talking about the big races ahead this weekend, and handicapping the races with professional insights from Mike Watchmaker from the Daily Racing Form and Ed DeRosa of brisnet.com.

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Sports
10:40 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Fifteen Fillies Set to Run in 138th Kentucky Oaks

The 138th Kentucky Oaks will be run today at Churchill Downs.

A field of 15 is entered for the fillies-only race.

Grace Hall is the early favorite and will run from post position number two. On Fire Baby and Broadway’s Alibi are co-second choices.

Last year’s Kentucky Oaks drew more than 110,000 fans to the track.

Again this year, Oaks Day will be used as a platform to raise awareness and money for cancers that affect women and their families. For the first time, Churchill Downs has a partnership with the group Stand Up to Cancer.

Sports
5:37 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Derby Post Positions To Be Drawn Wednesday

    

The post positions and early odds for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will be set Wednesday.

A maximum field of 20 will run on Saturday. A late entry is Optimizer, trained by four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas. Optimizer moved into the field after Mark Valeski was pulled from consideration by trainer Larry Jones, who said the horse wasn’t training well.

One of this year’s top Derby contenders is Union Rags (pictured). Trainer Michael Matz is looking for his second Derby victory. He won in 2006 with Barbaro. 

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