Nine Fillies to STart in 2020 Kentucky Oaks

Kentucky Oaks

Nine fillies are lining up to run in the Kentucky Oaks tomorrow. The precursor race to the Derby looks to be a good one with experts divided on whether Gamine, Swiss Sky Diver and Speech come out on top.

Many handicappers think Gamine is as good as the boys, and wondered if she’d run in the Derby. She’s won all four of our starts, including the Acorn by 18 3/4 lengths and the Longines Test by 7. Purchased for $1.8 million, she’s the even odds favorite tomorrow. However, the Kentucky Oaks will be the longest race she’s run. The question, can she keep up her blazing speed around two turns? Gamine‚Äôs wins have come at 6 1/2 furlongs, 7 furlongs, and one mile. In her second career race at 1 1/6 miles at Oaklawn Park, one in which she was later disqualified for a medication violation (small amounts of lidocaine), her winning margin was just a neck. The runner-up that day was a fast-closing Speech — a horse that some believe will catch Gamine at the longer distance.

Gamine won the Acorn by an impressive 18 3/4 lengths.
Three weeks ago, Gamine won the Test by 7 lengths, beating the talented Venetian Harbor and laying down a blazing 1:20.83.

Like Gamine, Swiss Skydiver has ammassed enough points to run in either the Derby or the Oaks. In addition, Swiss Skydiver has already proved herself over longer distances, winning the Alabama ( 1 1/4 miles) just a few weeks ago in Saratoga. Purchased for just $35,000 as a yearling, Swiss Skydiver is by Daredevil, a stallion that also produced Shedaresthedevil and Esplanade, all of which are showing speed and determination.

Swiss Skydiver made the 1 1/4 mile race look easy.

Speech has been the runner up to both Gamine and Swiss Skydiver

Speech set a track record while winning the Central Bank Ashland in a time of 1:41.26 for 1 1/16 miles over a fast track.

Starting positions for the Kentucky Oaks are:

  1. Swiss Skydiver
  2. Tempers Rising
  3. Donna Veloce
  4. Speech
  5. Gamine
  6. Bayerness
  7. Shedaresthedevil
  8. Hopeful Growth
  9. Dream Marie

Are you going to watch the Kentucky Oaks? Post time is 5:45 tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “Nine Fillies to STart in 2020 Kentucky Oaks

  1. You better believe I”m going to watch the Oaks! It is a wonder NBC is televising it at all, but thanks to covid, I’ve gotten plenty of races in (to watch).
    Swiss Skydiver is a grand filly, I think she’s going to run away from the others, but Gamine…there’s a lot of horse there. She’s not to be dismissed. It’s going to make for a really great race!

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