Horse racing

Churchill Downs picks for Kentucky Oaks Day, May 2

Remember first post is 7:30 a.m. here on the West Coast for this Kentucky Oaks program at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

We’ll stick to the stakes races on the program.

FIFTH RACE (Grade I La Troienne): 1. Devil’s Cave, 2. On Fire Baby, 3. Magic Union, 4. Unlimited Budget. LONG SHOT: Molly Morgan.

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SIXTH RACE (Grade III Turf Sprint): 1. Sum of the Parts, 2. Stormofthecentury, 3. Scatman, 4. Ancil. LONG SHOT: Googleado.

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EIGHTH RACE (Grade III Eight Belles): 1. Fiftyshadesofgold, 2. She’s a Tiger, 3. Jojo Warrior, 4. Our Amazing Rose. LONG SHOT: Milam.

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NINTH RACE (Edgewood): 1. Little Journey, 2. Granny Mc’s Kitten, 3. Candy Kitty, 4. Miss Machiavelli. LONG SHOT: V V Goodnight.

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10TH RACE (Grade II Alysheba): 1. Mylute, 2. Will Take Charge, 3. Golden Ticket, 4. Golden Soul. LONG SHOT: Bradester.

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11TH RACE (Grade I Kentucky Oaks): 1. Ria Antonia, 2. Untapable, 3. Aurelia’s Belle, 4. Rosalind. LONG SHOT: Got Lucky.

There is no doubt UNTAPABLE will go off as a heavy favorite here, and she should after her recent races, but the No. 13 post is a bear to overcome. RIA ANTONIA finished a good second in the Santa Anita Oaks as jockey Mike Smith rode her for the first time. She badly needed that race and should be ready to go for trainer Bob Baffert.

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