Thursday, April 30, 2009

Terry's Horses To Watch For The Kentucky Oaks

Churchill Downs
Friday, May 1

Kentucky Oaks, Grade I, Purse $500,000, 1 1/8 Miles

Rachel Alexandra - Post 6 - M/L 3/5
She is clearly the class of the field after four straight wins with Beyer numbers over 100. She likes this track and as the only classy speed in the race, Borel should get her out easy and not look back.

Justwhistledixie - Post 5 - M/L 5/2
She is sporting a 5 race win streak of her own including her last two against Grade 2 company at Gulfstream. Leparoux rides and he has been red hot in recent weeks. Seems to be the main rival of the top one.

Flying Spur - Post 8 - M/L 8/1
Was second to "Rachel" in Fair Grounds Oaks in last and has a win over an off track which is the forecast for Louisville on Friday. Hall of Fame trainer Mott is all time leading trainer at Churchill and Eclipse Award winner Gomez riding is a positive change. Seems below the top two.

Gabby's Golden Gal - Post 4 - M/L 10/1
Won by 13 at Sunland Park in last in her only stakes to date and seems to be a bit below the top three. Turned in a nice work here earlier in the week and Baffert only runs them if he thinks he has a chance. Consider in the exotics.