Every year, the Kentucky Oaks (first Friday in May) is a good race. This year, though, it’s a “can’t-miss” race because there are least two incredibly talented and fast fillies. Just recently, Polar Wind has come into the spotlight after winning 3-3 in the last two months and by huge margins in Dubai. Songbird, America’s undefeated filly, has been so impressive there has been talk about her chances in the KY Derby if she’d had the chance to run. (She cannot because her points are only for Oaks races. Her people had to choose early on whether it would be the Oaks or the Derby, and they chose the Oaks.)
It’s still early, of course, and a lot can change between now and the beginning of May. The others in the race are training and racing, growing, maturing, improving, and you never know – we could have another rising star or two to rival Polar Wind and Songbird soon. Stay tuned and don’t miss this year’s Oaks. It’s going to be a thriller!
Mike Smith aboard Songbird after her (easy) Breeder’s Cup win:
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt