Godolphin homebred Wet Paint (Blame), an impressive come-from-behind winner of three straight at Oaklawn this season, headed by the GIII Fantasy S. Apr. 1, was tabbed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Friday’s GI Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Trained by two-time Kentucky Oaks winner Brad Cox, Wet Paint was assigned post seven in the full field of 14.
Cox will also saddle impressive Bourbonette Oaks heroine and 4-1 second-choice Botanical (Medaglia d’Oro) (post six), who tries dirt for the first time; and last-out GII Fair Grounds Oaks third The Alys Look (Connect) (post two; 15-1).
Southlawn (Pioneerof the Nile) (post four; 8-1) figures to receive plenty of tote support following a pair of visually impressive tallies for trainer Norm Casse this term, headed by a 3 1/4-length tally in the Fair Grounds Oaks.
Champion Wonder Wheel (Into Mischief) (post five; 12-1), trained by Norm’s father Mark Casse, looks to get back on track following a head-scratching sixth in the GI Ashland S. at Keeneland.
From the rail out, the complete field for the Kentucky Oaks with morning-line odds:
1-Mimi Kakushi (City of Light) (20-1)
2-The Alys Look (Connect) (15-1)
3-Gambling Girl (Dialed In) (15-1)
4-Southlawn (Pioneerof the Nile) (8-1)
5-Wonder Wheel (Into Mischief) (12-1)
6-Botanical (Medaglia d’Oro) (4-1)
7-Wet Paint (Blame) (5-2)
8-Promiseher America (American Pharoah) (30-1)
9-And Tell Me Nolies (Arrogate) (15-1)
10-Flying Connection (Nyquist) (15-1)
11-Defining Purpose (Cross Traffic) (12-1)
12-Dorth Vader (Girvin) (20-1)
13-Affirmative Lady (Arrogate) (10-1)
14-Pretty Mischievous (Into Mischief) (10-1)
This story will be updated.
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