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Kentucky Oaks Expert Picks & Predictions for 2024 Race Today

FanDuel Staff
FanDuel Staff
Kentucky Oaks Expert Picks & Predictions for 2024 Race Today

The 2024 Kentucky Oaks is upon us.

The precursor for the 150th Kentucky Derby will run Friday night at Churchill Downs.

See who FanDuel TV experts like in this year's Oaks.

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2024 Kentucky Oaks Expert Predictions

Watch below as FanDuel TV's experts share their predictions and picks for the 2024 Kentucky Oaks.

Todd Schrupp

#5 Thorpedo Anna (5-1)

My selection for the Kentucky Oaks is Thorpedo Anna.

I've got a lot of confidence in here, and why not? She showed as a two-year-old last year that she likes Churchill Downs. And in her one start as a three-year-old this year, she won the Fantasy Stakes with ease.

Her trainer, Ken McPeek, thinks she could be one of the best fillies he's ever trained, and she looked like it in winning the Fantasy last time out.

The best part is that she's 5-1 on the morning line. I love, love, love Thorpedo Anna in the Kentucky Oaks.

Simon Bray

#11 Ways and Means (5-1)

I'm all about the number 11 horse, Ways and Means, for trainer Chad Brown.

This is a lightly-raced filly. She's had only one start this year. It was down in South Florida in the Gulf Stream Park Oaks, and she had a ton of trouble. She got hung wide, and she gave up a lot of ground. She ran better than look. She made the lead turning for home and just faltered late.

So with the trouble, the benefit of a race under her belt, I think she takes a big step forward in the Kentucky Oaks.

And trainer Chad Brown is so good off the left. He's about 24% in that situation. I think she's the horse to beat in the Kentucky Oaks.

Scott Hazelton

#5 Thorpedo Anna (5-1)

This is a filly that came back at the age of three -- in their only start at the age of three -- brilliant in the Grade 2 Fantasy down at Oaklawn Park.

She worked well here at Churchill Downs for Kenny McPeek. Brian Hernandez Jr. knows this filly. She's got a lot of talent.

She should be a good price. Let's get Thorpedo Anna home in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks race.

Joaquin Jaime

#11 Ways and Means (5-1)

She showed that she had a lot of talent in her career debut, but unfortunately, she got hurt in just her second career start.

Her three-year-old debut was off just over six-month layoff, and her trainer Chad Brown had stated he felt he only had her about 80% fit, and she did not have the easiest of trips, as well.

Now making her second start off the layoff, I expect her to take a big step forward, and she has a really sharp work over the surface there at Churchill Downs, as well.

Gabby Gaudet

#13 Just F Y I (9-2)

She got sick a little bit earlier in the year and had to miss the Davone Dale. She was really up against it coming back in the Grade 1 Ashland last time out.

She had a wide trip against Leslie's Rose, and I think she can turn the tables on her in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.

She looks like she's been working out so well at Churchill Downs, and she's one of my stronger plays over the course of the Oaks and Derby Day.

Dubbs Anderson

#5 Thorpedo Anna (5-1)

I like the race resume. Three wins from four starts.

Last out was that big score in the Grade 2 Fantasy. I think she will appreciate the further distance and gets a nice little pace setup.

I think the early speed of this field comes from next door, Regulatory Risk, the four, and I think it really plays in favor for the five, Thorpedo Anna.

In terms of speed figures, we're off a career-best outing last out. I don't think we've seen the best yet.

Christina Blacker

#11 Ways and Means

I've been a really big fan of this filly since her two-year-old debut.

She's had to take her time in her last couple starts, and she had a ton of trouble in the Gulfstream Park Oaks last out, going very wide.

I think she improves in a big way on Friday for the Kentucky Oaks.

Dave Weaver

#5 Thorpedo Anna (5-1)

Her trainer, Kenny McPeek, is so confident in her.

He said that they better bring a bear into this race because I'm bringing a grizzly. He really feels that this horse is good enough, maybe even to take on the boys in the Kentucky Derby.

She's already won three times, and she's winning them by wide margins. I think she's going to bring her A-game today.

Matt Bernier

#13 Just F Y I (9-2)

I'm going to go toward the outside with the two-year-old champion, Just F Y I.

She's going to break from post position number 13 for Hall-of-Famer Bill Mott. Junior Alvarado will do the riding. She was a little bit of a short horse for her seasonal debut in the Ashland. She still ran extremely well.

I think she takes a big step forward here in the second start of the season.

Caton Bredar

#13 Just F Y I (9-2)

She was amazing as a two-year-old and seems even bigger and stronger still, if that's even possible.

Her trainer, Bill Mott, has been very bullish about her, and I think she actually benefitted from the little extra time after the defeat last time out.

It seems as if she's even more competitive on the track. I think she could be very tough to beat.

Andie Biancone

#8 Tarifa (7-2)

Going out for the Brad Cox barn, the Fair Grounds Oaks winner gets Flavien Prat on board.

She's been on the steady improve and is bred to get the distance. I've been seeing her train in the mornings, and she could not look any better.

She's 7-2 on the morning line, that's +350 at the sportsbook.

Kyle Levy

#7 Fiona's Magic (30-1)

Bombs away from me in the big race on Friday.

I'm liking the 30-1 longshot in #7, Fiona's Magic.

She started her career off hot. She won three of her first five races, and both of her losses were second place.

But that was a different story last time out when she tried going two turns for the first time, which actually is what this race is, and even longer.

She's got a ton of early speed, and I can excuse her last race because she didn't get the early lead.

I like her to get straight to the front and try to wire the field for a huge score in this year's Kentucky Oaks.

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