Louisville Kentucky (EON) – Abel Tasman rallied from last and charged late to win the Kentucky Oaks by 1 1/4 lengths Friday and give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert the victory with his lone entrant in the weekend marquee races at Churchill Downs on the the day before the Kentucky Derby.
As Miss Sky Warrior charged past favorite Paradise Woods through the far turn, Abel Tasman and Daddys Lil Darling also began making their moves on the sloppy track in rainy Louisville, reports NJ.com.
Abel Tasman, with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith aboard, got clear in the stretch to win the $1 million marquee race for 3-year-old fillies and make up for her distant second to Paradise Woods in the Santa Anita Oaks.
Baffert, who doesn’t have a horse in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, and son Bode celebrated the victory by dabbing.
Abel Tasman ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.62 and paid $20.40, $9.20 and $6.40.
Daddys Lil Darling returned $11 and $6.60, and Lockdown paid $18.40.
What you need to know:
What: Kentucky Oaks 2017
When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.
Race: Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-old fillies
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Weight: 121 pounds
Winner’s purse: $600,000 and silver trophy
The Oaks, the premier event for 3-year-old fillies, headlines the second-best attended day at the track.
Last year’s Oaks Day attracted a record 124,589, the third best total in the sport topped only by the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
— Sam da 5'6 (@samweiderhaft33) May 5, 2017
There is a chance that the poor weather will be done by the time the Kentucky Derby goes to post just before 6 p.m. on Saturday, AccuWeather noted.
“While rain gear will be a good idea, [the race] does not look like a washout, and rainfall amounts should be not be all that heavy,” meteorologist Brian Thompson said. “By post time for the Derby at 6:34 p.m. [EDT], there’s a good chance it will be dry and the sun may even break through by then.”