D J Stable’s Eclipse Award and GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Wonder Wheel (Into Mischief) is the marquee name among 103 sophomore fillies that were nominated at the first entry stage for the $1.25-million GI Longines Kentucky Oaks, to be run beneath the Twin Spires Friday, May 5, 2023.
The first stage of nominations closed Feb. 18, with a $200 payment. Any 3-year-old filly not among the original entries can become eligible with a fee of $1,500 due no later than Saturday, Apr. 15.
Wonder Wheel was four-for-five during her championship season in 2022, scoring in the GI Darley Alcibiades S. before prevailing by three lengths on Breeders’ Cup Friday. The strapping dark bay made her seasonal debut in the Feb. 11 Suncoast S. at Tampa, where she missed by a neck to longshot and fellow Oaks aspirant Dreaming of Snow (Jess’s Dream).
Others that figure prominently among the entries include ‘TDN Rising Star’ Julia Shining (Curlin), the full-sister to champion Malathaat who won last year’s GII Demoiselle S. and was third in the Suncoast; Hoosier Philly (Into Mischief), winner of Churchill’s GII Golden Rod S. last November; ‘Rising Star’ Pretty Mischievous (Into Mischief), upset winner of last weekend’s GII Rachel Alexandra S.; recent G3 UAE Oaks victress Mimi Kakushi (City of Light); and the progressive GIII Forward Gal S. winner Red Carpet Ready (Oscar Performance).
A complete list of the Oaks nominees will be available here in due course.