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Kathleen O. proved that she was a legitimate Kentucky Oaks 2022 contender after winning for the fourth time in as many outings in the GP Oaks (G2) on April 2. In other Oaks points race action last weekend, Yuugiri wired the field in the Fantasy, and bomber Candy Raid rolled to a big victory in the Bourbonette Oaks. Not to be outdone, my top ranked Oaks contender Nest rolled home like a good thing in the Ashland (G1) at Keeneland on Friday, April 8.

Kentucky Oaks 2022 Points Race Results

GP Oaks (4-2-22) – Winner: Kathleen O. ($3.00)

Only six lined up in this 8.5f Oaks prep, and there was not much depth. Two horses took all the betting action and they dominated. Goddess of Fire got first run for Saez/Pletcher, but Kathleen O. made a strong wide run, swept past the aforementioned Pletcher trainee, and scored by an easy 2+ lengths. Goddess of Fire ran a winning race but just hooked a better rival while 17+ clear of show finisher Running Legacy. Amani’s Image, Blustery, and Cancel This also ran. The final time was 1:43.75.

Fantasy (4-2-22) – Winner: Yuugiri ($10.20)

This race lost much of its luster when Secret Oath opted for the Arkansas Derby (G1). Eda was the morning line favorite, but she came down with a fever and scratched. It appears as though there would be a contested pace, but Yuugiri got to the front and gamely held off stalker Beguine to score by a half-length. Bubble Rock stayed forward throughout and was best of the rest in 3rd. I Feel the Need, beaten favorite Dream Lith, Heartyconstitution, Mariah’s Fortune, and Magic Circle completed the order of finish. The final time was 1:43.65 and I seriously doubt we saw the Oaks winner in this watered down event.

Bourbonette Oaks (4-2-22) – Winner: Candy Raid ($106.60)

Bombs away in this all-weather Oaks prep at 8.5f. Twelve runners broke from the gate, and 52-1 longshot Candy Raid went last-to-first to win by a stunningly easy 4+ lengths for Bejarano/Keith D. Tap Dancing Lady finished in a dead-heat for 2nd with Florida shipper Catiche, and North County and Mrs. Barbara followed those two. Scholfmitz, beaten chalk Sandstone, Vergara, Heavenly Hellos, Let’s Be Clear, Red Hot Mama, and Champagne Poetry also ran. The finish time was 1:42.96.

Ashland (4-8-22) – Winner: Nest ($5.40)

My top ranked Oaks contender Nest glided across the wet fast footing in this 8.5f affair. Interstatedaydream beat Happy Soul to the front after the latter was bumped at the start. Those two were clear after a half-mile, but Nest was moving sweetly outside under Irad Ortiz Jr. Her rider knew it was a short stretch and needed to attack earlier, and did she ever. She sailed to the front and widened to score by 8+ lengths. Cocktail Moments rallied to nip Interstatedaydream for the runner-up spot, and they were clear of weakening stalker Awake At Midnyte. The rest were of no consequence including distance challenged Happy Soul. The final time was 1:44.16 and the winner is a solid Oaks win contender at a distance she should love.


Kentucky Oaks 2022 Points Race Results
Pocahontas (10-4-2-1) – Sep. 18 – Winner: Hidden Connection
Chandelier (10-4-2-1) – Oct. 1 – Winner: Ain’t Easy
Frizette (10-4-2-1) – Oct. 3 – Winner: Echo Zulu
Alcibiades (10-4-2-1) – Oct. 8 – Winner: Juju’s Map
BC Juvenile Fillies (20-8-4-2) – Nov. 5 – Winner: Echo Zulu
Golden Rod (10-4-2-1) – Nov. 27 – Winner: Dream Lith
Demoiselle (10-4-2-1) – Dec. 4 – Winner: Nest
Starlet (10-4-2-1) – Dec. 4 – Winner: Eda
Untapable (10-4-2-1) – Dec. 26 – Winner: North County
Sant Ynez (10-4-2-1) – Jan. 8 – Winner: Under the Stars
Silverbulletday (10-4-2-1) – Jan. 22 – Winner: La Crete
Busanda (10-4-2-1) – Jan. 23 – Winner: Magic Circle
Martha Washington (10-4-2-1) – Jan. 29 – Winner: Secret Oath
Forward Gal (10-4-2-1) – Feb. 5 – Winner: Girl With a Dream
Las Virgenes (10-4-2-1) – Feb. 6 – Winner: Adare Manor
Suncoast (10-4-2-1) – Feb. 12 – Winner: Nest
UAE Oaks (50-20-10-5) – Feb. 17 – Winner: Shahama
Rachel Alexandra (50-20-10-5) – Feb. 19 – Winner: Turnerloose
Honeybee (50-20-10-5) – Feb. 26.- Winner: Secret Oath
Cincinnati Trophy (10-4-2-1) – March 5 – Winner: Bubble Rock
Davona Dale (50-20-10-5) – March 5 – Winner: Kathleen O.
Busher (50-20-10-5) – March 5 – Winner: Venti Valentine
Santa Ysabel (50-20-10-5) – March 6 – Winner: Eda
FG Oaks (100-40-20-10) – March 26 – Winner Echo Zulu
Sunland Park Oaks (50-20-10-5) – March 27 – Winner: Cleopatras Charge
GP Oaks (100-40-20-10) – April 2 – Winner: Kathleen O.
Fantasy (100-40-20-10) – April 2 – Winner: Yuugirl
Bourbonette Oaks (50-20-10-5) – April 2 – Winner: Candy Raid
Ashland (100-40-20-10) – April 8 – Winner: Nest

Upcoming Oaks Points Races
Gazelle (100-40-20-10) – April 9
SA Oaks (100-40-20-10) – April 9
Beaumont (10-4-2-1) – April 10

Top 20 Kentucky Oaks Points Leaders (through 4-8-22)

150 Points: Kathleen O.

130 Points: Echo Zulu

120 Points: Nest

114 Points: Yuugiri

80 Points: Secret Oath

62 Points: Goddess of Fire

60 Points: Turnerloose

57 Points: Hidden Connection

54 Points: Venti Valentine

52 Points: Cocktail Moments

51 Points: Candy Raid

50 Points: Shahama

30 Points: Bubble Rock

24 Points: Awake At Midnyte

23 Points: Magic Circle

21 Points: Shotgun Hottie

20 Points: Ain’t Easy, Favor, Classy Edition

18 Points: Juju’s Map


Jarrod Horak’s Fabulous Five Kentucky Oaks 2022 Contenders (4-8-22)

#1 – NEST – Followed up a smart Suncoast win with a razor sharp triumph in Ashland (G1).

#2 – SECRET OATH – Solid 3rd in April 2 Arkansas Derby (G1). Dominated 3yo fillies at OP this year.

#3 – KATHLEEN O. – Shug’s Late running filly is 4-for-4. She was excellent in GP Oaks (G2) April 2.

#4 – ECHO ZULU – 2YO filly champ just held on in less than spectacular FG Oaks (G2) return.

#5 – AIN’T EASY – Returned with okay 3rd in Santa Ysabel (G3). Needs to move up in April 9 SA Oaks (G2).

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Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak posts stakes recaps from Del Mar and Santa Anita Park, along with full card recaps and free stakes picks from Southern and/or Northern California.