Kentucky Oaks Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Kentucky Oaks Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Kentucky Oaks is set for April 30 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Kentucky Oaks Preview and Prediction
- Race: Kentucky Oaks
- Purse: $1.25 million
- Track: Churchill Downs
- Date: April 30
- Post Time: 5:51 PM (ET)
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2021 Kentucky Oaks Handicapping
One of the biggest weekends of racing in North America kicks off Friday from Churchill Downs, and culminates in the running of the 147th Kentucky Derby on Saturday afternoon.
But before the colts make the run for the roses, the fillies run for the lilies in Friday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks.
Open to fillies age three, the race has drawn a full field of 13 to race 1 1/8 miles on the Churchill dirt. In 2020, Shedaresthedevil pulled off the 15-1 upset, setting the 1 1/8 mile race-record time in the process.
Odds listed here are provided by Bovada’s racebook.
2021 Kentucky Oaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Malathaat Race Odds: 11/4
Undefeated in four lifetime starts, Malathaat draws in as the slight race favourite and a last out winner of the (G1) Ashland Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Keeneland. Prior to that she scored in the (G2) Demoiselle Stakes over 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct.
In both those efforts she saved her best running for late, getting up to win by 3/4 of a length and head, respectively, after racing mid-pack early.
Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez teamed up to win the 2004 Oaks, the first of three race wins for Pletcher.
2021 Kentucky Oaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Travel Column Race Odds: 33-10
Never worse that third in five lifetime starts, Travel Column has three wins to her name and two of those came at Churchill, including the (G2) Golden Rod Stakes to close out 2020.
She kicked off 2021 by running second to Clairiere by a neck in the (G2) Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds, and then turned the tables on that rival to win the (G2) Fair Ground Oaks by 2 3/4 lengths.
Trainer Brad Cox and jockey Florent Geroux were the winning combination last year as well as in 2018.
2021 Kentucky Oaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Clairiere Race Odds: 7-1
A well-bred daughter of 2008 Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini, Clairiere sports a record of two wins and two runner-up finishes in her four-race career.
As mentioned above, she has been trading punches with Travel Column in her past two, rallying from last place in the Rachel Alexandra to get the win at the wire, and then weaving her way through traffic to pass all but the winner in the Fair Grounds Oaks.
Steve Asmussen goes for his third Oaks win as trainer, jockey Tyler Gaffalione gets the call to ride.
2021 Kentucky Oaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Search Results Race Odds: 6-1
Not raced as a two-year old, Search Results is a perfect 3-for-3 in 2021, with the most recent of those wins coming in the (G3) Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct at the 1 1/8 miles distance. Prior to that she won the Busher Stakes, also at Aqueduct, going one mile.
Although she scored a plus-100 Equibase speed figure in both those efforts, the final times of the races were relatively slow and she’s likely to be facing the fastest pace of her career in this one.
She’s a Chad Brown trainee, with Irad Ortiz Jr. tapped to ride.
Here’s My 2021 Kentucky Oaks Free Pick.
While consideration has to be given to the fact the unbeaten Malathaat already owns a win at the distance, my pick here goes to Travel Column. She has the most experience of the main contenders and on top of the two wins she already has at Churchill, she has also been putting in some very good works over the track since the beginning of the month.
Between herself and Clairiere, I also think she is most likely to be able to handle the added distance.
Full Field: Kentucky Oaks Betting Odds
- Malathaat 11-4
- Travel Column 33-10
- Search Results 6-1
- Clairiere 7-1
- Crazy Beautiful 9-1
- Pass The Champagne 11-1
- Pauline’s Pearl 20-1
- Millefeuille 20-1
- Maracuja 22-1
- Will’s Secret 25-1
- Moraz 40-1
- Coach 40-1
- Competitive Speed 55-1
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