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Top 10 Contender Picks for the Kentucky Oaks®
Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012. This is our first contender picks for the 2012 Kentucky Oaks®! This week's top 10 contenders list compares my top 10 Kentucky Oaks® contenders with two expert's picks: John Asher and Loren Hebel-Osborne.
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|1. On Fire Baby||1. On Fire Baby||1. Princess Arabella|
|2. Princess Arabella||2. Grace Hall||2. Grace Hall|
|3. Grace Hall||3. Eden's Moon||3. On Fire Baby|
|4. Dixie Strike||4. Princess Arabella||4. Zo Impressive|
|5. Eden's Moon||5. Agave Kiss*||5. Eden's Moon|
|6. Summer Applause||6. DayattheSpa*||6. Summer Applause|
|7. And Why Not*||7. Summer Applause||7. Avie's Sense|
|8. Millionreasonswhy*||8. Disposablepleasure||8. Disposablepleasure|
|9. Reneesgotzip*||9. Yara*||9. Captivating Lass*|
|10. Avie's Sense||10. Broadway's Alibi*||10. Dixie Strike|
*Unique Pick for Each Analyst
Breaking Down the Picks
Asher and Hebel-Osborne have On Fire Baby as their number one Kentucky Oaks® contender. At 13-1 odds, On Fire Baby has some of the best odds for the May race. She won the March 10, Grade 3, $125,000 Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park and had a strong third place finish in January's Smary Jones Stakes. She has been the heavy favorite in each of her Oaks preps, so look for her odds to improve before the Kentucky Oaks®.
My number one contender is Princess Arabella. She is currently the 6-1 favorite for the Kentucky Oaks® and has had a strong showing in her Oaks preps. She won last Sunday's $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks in impressive fashion; winning the race by eight-lengths. She has now won all three of her starts and will likely be one of the top contenders at Churchill Downs®.
Another top contender in this week's rankings is Grace Hall. Daughter of classic winner Empire Maker, Grace Hall has experienced some success in her Oaks preps. She finished second in both the Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park February 25, and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Phillies this past November. She is currently a 8-1 second choice for the Kentucky Oaks® and should be on your radar for the May race.
About the Experts
John Asher joined Churchill Downs® in 1997 as a publicist and racing analyst, and moved to his current role as vice president of Racing Communications two years later.
Loren Hebel-Osborne maintains an active racing and breeding farm just outside of Louisville. She often serves as a guest speaker and racing analyst for schools, clubs, corporate events and local news stations WHAS-TV and WBKI’s “Louisville Live” for Kentucky Derby® and Breeders’ Cup coverage. Loren also spent 15 years with VISA where she was involved in all aspects of managing its sponsorship of the Triple Crown and the Kentucky Derby®.
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