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It’s a big week in thoroughbred racing, obviously highlighted by the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby this Saturday, May 4th. However, as per tradition, there is a big Grade I stakes race held on the Friday before for the three-year-old fillies. That would be the Kentucky Oaks, another race that is ripe with tradition from historic Churchill Downs.
Dubbed ‘Lilies for the Fillies’ because of the fact that the winning horse dons lilies, the Kentucky Oaks gives fans at Churchill Downs plenty of excitement leading into Saturday for the Kentucky Derby.
The 2013 Kentucky Oaks looks like it could be a really good one. It’s a much smaller field for this race than the Derby, with just over half the horses in the field with 11. One thing appears to be clear judging by the odds to win the 2013 Kentucky Oaks though, and that is that four fillies have separated themselves from the rest of the pack as the favorites.
At the top we have Dreaming Of Julia, set at +250 on the odds available at BetOnline Sportsbook. That is just over a 2 to 1 payout, with a $1 wager paying out $2.50. Dreaming of Julia has just two starts in 2013, but had a runaway victory at the Gulfstream Oaks, and has certainly demonstrated that once she gets into the lead, has no problem holding on to it.
Behind the leading favorite are three fillies installed with equal +350 betting odds. This means that every $1 wagered on them to win, would receive a payout of $3.50. So it’s not much higher than Dreaming Of Julia, but you can definitely see the difference.
It’s Midnight Lucky, Unlimited Budget, and Beholder who all come in with the identical odds. Coincidentally, this is where the odds begin to separate quite a bit from behind these three. And all three have had impressive wins this year. For Midnight Lucky, it was a dominating performance at the Sun Park Oaks back in late March. Unlimited Budget captured the Fairground Oaks race, and also the Demoiselle by going gate-to-wire. And Beholder has won her last two starts, taking the Las Virgenes in early March, and the Santa Anita Oaks earlier in April.
Behind these four, the odds go all the way up to +1000 with Close Hatches installed at that 10 to 1 line. And from there, it goes up even more to +2500. So oddsmakers clearly see any horse outside of the first four we mentioned being highly unlikely.
Below, LatestBettingOdds.com has the full field odds to win the Kentucky Oaks listed, so be sure to check them out and see which of the fillies looks like the winner.