The Kentucky Oaks Top 10 for April 4th


It all comes down to the last few preparations. An outstanding field meets in the GI Ashland S on Friday in Keeneland. Four horses from our top 10 list will take part in this race. At Aqueduct, they will compete for a spot in the GI Kentucky Oaks field in the GIII Gazelle S. At Santa Anita, fillies will compete in the GII Santa Anita Oaks, but the horse is likely to be the heavy favorite. Kinza (Carpe Diem) is trained by Bob Baffert and is therefore not eligible to compete in the Oaks. By Saturday night we should know who will be competing in the Oaks and who the favorites will be.

Here's a look at the latest edition of our Kentucky Oaks Top Ten:

1) TARIFA (f, Bernardini–Kite Beach, by Awesome Again) O/B Godolphin (KY); T Brad Cox. Lifetime record: 'TDN Rising Star', MGSW, 5-4-0-0, $518,925. Last start: WON March 23rd GII Fair Grounds Oaks. Kentucky Oaks Points: 150. Next start:
GI Kentucky Oaks, CD, May 4.
If the Oaks competed today, Tarifa would be the favorite. She performed for trainer Brad Cox this year and has won three straight races, including the GII Fair Grounds Oaks presented by Fasig-Tipton and the GII Rachel Alexandra S. presented by Fasig-Tipton. She's doing well, seems to be getting better, and no one is better with three-year-old fillies than her trainer, Brad Cox. The only way she won't be the favorite is if she's a stablemate To drive (Quality Road) is hosting a show in Ashland on Friday at Keeneland.
Tarifa's top Beyer, the 95 she earned in the Fair Grounds Oaks, is the best of any three-year-old filly this year.

2) IMPEL (f, Quality Road–Your Love, by Flatter) O/B Juddmonte (Ky); T Brad Cox. Lifetime record: “TDN Rising Star” 2-2-0-0, $115,200. Last start: WON Oaklawn AOC, March 3. Kentucky Oaks Points: 0. Next start: GI Ashland S., KEE, April 5th.
If Tarifa loses in the Oaks, it might just be because stablemate Impel is faster. She looked nothing short of sensational when she won by 8 1/2 lengths at Oaklawn on March 3. She got a 91 Beyer that day. As a Juddmonte home breeder, she faces the acid test in Ashland where she will make her debut. She is the 2:1 favorite in the morning. But does she have enough experience with just two starts? Is she ready to be tested by some of the best in the business? Those questions should be answered on Friday and a win for Impel could make her the horse to beat on the first Friday in May.

3) THORPEDO ANNA (f, Fast Anna–Sataves, by Uncle Mo) O-Brookdale Racing, Inc., Mark Edwards, Judy B. Hicks & Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek); B-Judy Hicks (Ky); T Kenneth McPeek. Sales History: $40,000 in '22 FTKOCT. Lifetime record: GSW, 4-3-1-0, $584,363. Last start: WON GII Fantasy S, March 30th. Kentucky Oaks Points: 105. Next start: GI Kentucky Oaks, May 3.
This TDN Rising Star cracks the list for the first time this year, coming in at No. 3 after her impressive win at the GII Fantasy S. at Oaklawn. A steal at $40,000 at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale. Her breakthrough She achieved this on November 10th in Churchill, where she won by nine lengths and an 87 Beyer. She faltered a bit in her next start when she finished second as favorite in the GII Golden Rod S. But she bounced back with a commanding win in the fantasy race in her first start of the year. Trainer Kenny McPeek has had great success with yearling purchases worth about $40,000. It looks like he's done it again.

4) For your information only (f, Justify–Star Act, by Street Cry {Ire}) O/B George Krikorian (Ky); T Bill Mott. Lifetime recording: Ch. 2-year-old filly, GISW, 3-3-0-0, $1,317,750. Last start: WON the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 3rd. Kentucky Oaks Points: 40. Next start: GI Ashland S., KEE, April 5.
The champion is back. After being removed from GII Davona Dale S. due to fever, she was redirected to Ashland. With a five-month break behind her and the Oaks as her main goal, the question is how ready will coach Bill Mott be? But the most important question remains: is it fast enough? Despite a 3-for-3 record last year, an Eclipse Award and a win in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, her Beyer numbers suggest she's not quite as good as she looks on paper. She needs to step up her game, but there's no reason why she can't do that.

5) JODY'S PRIDE (f, American Pharoah–Jody's Song, by Scat Daddy) O-Parkland Tbreds & Sportsmen Stable; B-Mr. Steve Weston (KY); TJ Abreu. Lifetime record: MSW & GISP, 4-3-1-0, $590,250. Last start: WON March 2nd Busher S. Kentucky Oaks Points: 65. Next start: GI Ashland S., KEE, April 5th.
She's a bit like Just FY I. She doesn't run particularly fast, but she just keeps winning. After finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, narrowly losing to Just FYI, she bounced back with an easy win over inferior rivals in the Busher Invitational S. at Aqueduct. They thought their contacts were in New York for the Gazelle, but changed their mind and ended up in Ashland instead. To show how tough Ashland is, she is 8-1 in the morning. She would have been a clear favorite at the Gazelle, so it's somewhat puzzling that the connections ended up going to Keeneland instead of staying in New York.

6) POWER SQUEEZE (f, Union Rags–Callmethesqueeze, from Awesome Again) O-Lea Farms, LLC; B-Forging Oaks Farm, LLC (Ky); T-Jorge Delgado. Sales History: $50,000 in '22 KEESEP; $90,000 2 years '23 OBSAPR. Lifetime record: GSW, 6-4-1-0, $337,450. Last start: WON GII Gulfstream Park Oaks, March 2nd. Kentucky Oaks Points: 120. Next start: GI Kentucky Oaks, May 3rd.
She came into the GII Gulfstream Park Oaks on a three-race winning streak, including two stakes races. But she was completely overlooked Saturday at Gulfstream, taking an 11-1 lead. She defeated the 1:2 favorite and caused a huge stir Ways and means (Practical joke), narrowly winning. She was ridden in the Gulfstream Park Oaks by Daniel Centeno. It will be interesting to see if the journeyman keeps the mount. After sprinting earlier in her career, she is ahead 3-on-3 in two rounds. Don't fall asleep because of it.

7) KOPION (f, Omaha Beach–Galloping Ami, by Victory Gallop) O Spendthrift Farm; B-Tall Oaks Farm (Ky); T-Richard Mandella. Sales History: $270,000 in '22 KEESEP. Lifetime record: GSW, 3-2-1-0, $116,600. Last start: February 2, 10 GIII Las Virgenes S. Kentucky Oaks Points: 20. Next start: GII Santa Anita Oaks, SA, April 6.
Perhaps the only California-based filly to make it to the Kentucky Oaks. She heads into the GII Santa Anita Oaks on Saturday and will face her nemesis Kinza again. If the race goes well, Kinza will win and Kopion will come second. That would give Kopion enough points to make it into the Oaks field, where she could be at about 15-1. On the other hand, if Kinza is as good as some people think, doesn't Kopion deserve a lot of credit for coming in second to her?

8) WAYS AND MEANS (f, practical joke – strong incentive, reward for the warrior) O/B Klaravich Stables (Ky); T Chad Brown. Lifetime proof: GISP, “TDN Rising Star” 3-1-2-0, $165,750. Last start: March 2nd 30 GII Gulfstream Park Oaks. Kentucky Oaks Points: 50. Next start: GI Kentucky Oaks, May 3rd.
She shined in her first debut at Saratoga and then finished second in the GI Spinaway S. despite chipping her right ankle and being lame afterward. That meant a long walk to the sidelines before starting her comeback at Gulfstream Park Oaks, where she did everything right but won. She entered the first corner steadily, racing wide the entire time and then seemingly making a winning move down the track. She simply ran out of fuel in the final sixteenth, which is completely understandable. Trainer Chad Brown has his eye on the Oaks but says he fears his filly won't have enough points to make the 14-player field.

9) OUR PRETTY WOMAN (f, Medaglia d'Oro–Dazzletown, by Speightstown) O Courtlandt Farms; B-Woods Edge Farm, LLC and Godolphin; T Steve Asmussen. Sales History: $900,000 in '22 KEESEP. Lifetime record: GSP, 3-2-1-0, $150,200. Last start: March 2, 23 GII Fair Grounds Oaks. Kentucky Oaks Points: 50. Next start: GI Kentucky Oaks, CD, May 3.
Medaglia d'Oro's daughter, who purchased a $900,000 yearling, gave department head Tarifa all she had to handle at Fair Grounds Oaks. She fought every step of the way before finishing second by three quarters of a length. It was only her third start and first in action, so she has plenty of room for improvement. She's quick from the gate and could be the one to set the pace in the Oaks. If she has a good run, there's no reason why she can't win.

10) LESLIE'S ROSE (f, Into Mischief–Wildwood Rose {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) O Whisper Hill Farm; B-John D. Gunther & Eurowest Bloodstock Services (Ky); T Todd Pletcher. Sales History: $1,150,000 in '22 KEESEP. Lifetime record: 'TDN Rising Star', GSP, 3-2-0-1, $89,950. Last start: March 3rd 2 GII Davona Dale S. Kentucky Oaks Points: 15. Next start: GI Ashland S., KEE, April 5th.
She was purchased by Into Mischief for $1.15 million in Keeneland September and is 2 for 3 for life. This Todd Pletcher trainee has the potential to become a very good horse. She just has to prove it in the stake society. At odds of 3-10, she was third in the Davona Dale in her stakes debut and was defeated by 2 1/4 lengths. It wasn't a huge effort, but it was a bit of a disappointment. She'll need to run well at Ashland and pick up some points to secure a spot in the Oaks field.