Princess of Sylmar made a strong late run down the middle of the Churchill Downs main track to pass Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Beholder to win the 2013 Kentucky Oaks. Unlimited Budget finished third while Dreaming of Julia finished fourth.
Gulfstream Park Oaks winner Dreaming of Julia took most of the action at the betting windows and went to post as the 3/2 favorite. She started the race slowly and never seriously threatened the winner in the stretch.
The Kentucky Oaks, the traditional stakes race for three-year-old fillies the day before the Kentucky Derby, is the second longest consecutively run sporting event in the United Stakes. Originally run a week after the first Derby, the Oaks is now the cornerstone of the day before the Run for the Roses. This year's Oaks was attended by a near record crowd of 113,820 at Churchill Downs.
Flash Gray scratched from the Oaks earlier in the week, leaving a field of ten fillies in the starting gate.
Princess of Sylmar is a three-year-old filly by Majestic Warrior out of a Cetienus mare (Storm Dixie), trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Mike Smith.
Below are the payouts for the Kentucky Oaks:
|6-Princess of Sylmar||$79.60||$29.40||$14.00|
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