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Top 10 Contender Picks for the Kentucky Oaks®
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2012. This is the final edition of our 2012 Kentucky Oaks® contenders list. 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.
|1. On Fire Baby||1. On Fire Baby||1. Grace Hall|
|2. And Why Not||2. Broadway's Alibi||2. Believe You Can|
|3. Grace Hall||3. Grace Hall||3. On Fire Baby|
|4. Summer Applause||4. Eden's Moon||4. Summer Applause|
|5. Believe You Can||5. Jemima's Pearl||5. Eden's Moon|
|6. Karlovy Vary||6. Believe You Can||6. Mamma Kimbo|
|7. Amie's Dini||7. And Why Not||7. Karlovy Vary|
|8. Eden's Moon||8. Summer Applause||8. Broadway's Alibi|
|9. Broadway's Alibi||9. Yara||9. Yara|
|10. Jemima's Pearl||10. Colonial Empress||10. And Why Not|
*Unique Pick for Each Analyst
Breaking Down the Picks
This week's contenders list features some shuffling at the top with the Oaks less than two weeks away! John Asher and Loren Hebel-Osborne have On Fire Baby as their number one Kentucky Oaks® contender. At 13-1 odds, On Fire Baby had the fifth best odds in the future wager for the May 4th 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 Smarty Jones Stakes. She has been the heavy favorite in each of her Oaks preps, so look for her to be the overall favorite for the 2012 Kentucky Oaks®.
My new number one contender for this year's Kentucky Oaks® is Grace Hall. She was second in the in the Oaks' future wager odds at 8-1 and is coming off a victory in March's Gulfstream Oaks. She's currently first in graded stakes earnings at $740,000 and has been impressive in her past three races. Grace Hall is a safe bet for this year's race and should be highly considered on your Oaks' wager ticket.
Princess Arabella, my previous number one contender, was retired last week due to an inflamed tendon injury. Her trainer Bob Baffert stated that Princess Arabella will not undergo surgery and has been sent to Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, KY., for recovery. Unbeaten in three starts, Princess Arabella was considered a leading candidate for the Kentucky Oaks® at Churchill Downs on May 4.
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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