Kentucky Oaks Roundup: March 16, 2020
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Stay up to speed on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks with a weekly roundup of all the latest news and developments:
Changes on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard
Queen of God burst onto the Road to the Kentucky Oaks with her upset victory in the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park last Saturday. A former claimer who previously prevailed in the Mrs. Presidentress S. on turf at Gulfstream Park, Queen of God tenaciously held off a late charge from Pass the Plate to win by three-quarters of a length.
Trained by Mike Maker, Queen of God picked up 20 Road to the Kentucky Oaks qualification points, but she isn’t currently nominated to the Oaks and it’s unclear whether she’ll be supplemented to the race. More likely to target the Oaks is Pass the Plate, an established nominee who picked up 8 points to debut in 20th place on the leaderboard.
On the Kentucky Oaks Work Tab
Auberge: Clocked 5 furlongs in 1:01 on Monday at Santa Anita.
British Idiom: The reigning champion 2-year-old filly cruised a half-mile in :50 on Saturday at Fair Grounds.
Finite: Wrapped up her preparations for the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) by breezing a half-mile in :50.20 on Monday at Fair Grounds.
Frank’s Rockette: Turned in another easy 3-furlong workout on Friday at Payson Park, getting the distance in :37.60.
Harvey’s Lil Goil: Cruised an easy 5 furlongs in 1:03 on Tuesday at Payson Park.
Lucrezia: Turned in a bullet move on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, breezing 5 furlongs in 1:01.20.
Spice Is Nice: The Davona Dale (G2) runner-up clocked a half-mile in :49.95 on Saturday at Palm Beach Downs.
Swiss Skydiver: Worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.85 on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Tonalist’s Shape: Undefeated Davona Dale (G2) winner clocked a half-mile in :49.41 on Sunday at Gulfstream.
Venetian Harbor: Clocked 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 on Monday at Santa Anita.
Wicked Whisper: Posted her sixth straight 5-furlong workout at Fair Grounds on Sunday, clocking the distance in 1:00.60.
Looking Ahead on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks
One of the most productive Kentucky Oaks prep races will be contested on Saturday at Fair Grounds. The $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) awards 100 qualification points to the winner and has produced seven Kentucky Oaks champions since 2004, including fan favorite and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.
Leading the charge in the 2020 Fair Grounds Oaks is Finite, who has already won three Road to the Kentucky Oaks prep races. Currently atop the leaderboard with 70 points, Finite will be expected to deliver another convincing victory on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks at Sunland Park has been canceled due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, leaving the Fair Grounds Oaks as the only Kentucky Oaks prep race on the agenda this weekend.