Kentucky Oaks 2023 Field, Odds and Picks for Friday 5/5/23
The Road to the Kentucky Oaks produced some exciting races, and Friday 14 top 3-year-old fillies will run in one of the biggest races of the year in the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.
Bettors looking to cash in a bigger score on FanDuel Racing can added a Oaks/Derby double by picking the winner of Friday's Kentucky Oaks and Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Added insight from all the races is provided by FanDuelTV and it's expert team, who is broadcasting live from Churchill Downs all week long providing horse racing insight analysis.
Friday's Kentucky Oaks is Race 11 at 5:51 p.m. ET and headlines seven stakes races at Churchill Downs.
The Alys Look
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
J. Vargas, Jr.
And Tell Me Nolies
B. Hernandez, Jr.
Kentucky Oaks Pick
Dorth Vader won the FanDuelTV Grade 2 Davona Dale at Gulfstream March 4. She was a big 46/1 longshot that race and then finished a close 4th at 4/1 odds in the April 1 FanDuelTV Gulfstream Oaks. She had the lead in the stretch of that 1 1/16 mile race before giving way to strong-closing filly Affirmative Lady, who was 8/1 that race. Dorth Vader was training like a filly on fire at Gulfstream in recent weeks leading up to the Oaks. That included a 5 furlong bullet work in 58.25 seconds during a driving rainstorm while galloping out strong past 1-mile. Dorth Vader's 20/1 odds are too long as a competitive longshot challenger with a jockey change to top rider Luis Saez.
The handicappers at Guaranteed Tip Sheet also give her a shot, along with longshots and value plays on Wonder Wheel (12/1), Southlawn (8/1) and Defining Purpose (12/1). In the GTS wagering guide, they note that Wonder Wheel won a Grade 1 race in Nov., but she never fired in a Grade 1 race month ago at 3/2 odds, which was won by big longshot Defining Purpose.
Kentucky Oaks Picks: Dorth Vader and Wonder Wheel
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