Princess of Sylmar (Majestic Warrior x Storm Dixie by Catienus) ran her way to the Winner’s Circle in the 139th Kentucky Oaks at Louisville’s Churchill Downs Racetrack on Friday, May 3. The long-shot victory gave Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith his first-ever win in the race, popularly tagged “Fillies for the Lillies.”
The Pennsylvania-bred chestnut filly, in a final stretch blast, passed Beholder to win the Kentucky Oaks by half a length, finishing in 1:49.17 on a super-fast track under overcast skies. Unlimited Budget finished third, followed by Dreaming of Julia, the pre-race favorite.
“She’s not big, but she’s got a big heart,” Smith told NBC’s Donna Brothers after the Kentucky Oaks romp in a field of ten horses on the 78-degree Kentucky afternoon.
The Kentucky Oaks winner, trained by Todd A. Pletcher, and racing from the sixth post, is owned by King of Prussia Stable. Pletcher-trained horses also finished third and fourth in the prestigious 1.5-mile Grade I race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. The Kentucky Oaks carries a $1 million purse.
Here’s the final finish order for the 139th Kentucky Oaks.
- Princess of Sylmar – jockey Mike Smith for trainer Todd Pletcher
- Beholder – jockey Garrett Gomez for trainer Richard Mandella
- Unlimited Budget – jockey Javier Castellano for trainer Todd Pletcher
- Dreaming of Julia – jockey John Velzaquez for trainer Todd Pletcher
- Midnight Lucky – jockey Rafael Bejarano for trainer Bob Baffert
- Pure Fun – jockey Julien Leparouz for trainer Kenny McPeek
- Close Hatches – jockey Joel Rosario for trainer Bill Mott
- Rose to Gold – jockey Calvin Borel for trainer Sal Santoro
- Seaneen Girl – jockey Rosie Napravnik for trainer Bernard S. Flint
- Silsita – jockey Gary Stevens for trainer Todd Pletcher
Flashy Gray was scratched before the race.
The Kentucky Oaks runs annually on the eve of Derby Day.
The 139th Kentucky Derby runs Saturday, May 4, also at Churchill Downs. The Run for the Roses will be televised live on NBC TV.
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