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Kentucky Oaks ResultsDateline: 05/04/01
A second largest ever Oaks crowd of 102,904 braved the blazing sun and unseasonably warm temperatures to witness the 127th running of the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Thirteen three year old fillies faced the starter in this Grade 1 event for a purse of $500,000. Fleet Renee was sent off as the 1.7-1 favorite due to her win in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes and her 4 for 5 record.
Nasty Storm and Mystic Lady battled on the front end for the first 3/4 mile, setting honest fractions of 22.97, 46.52, and 1:10.53 over the fast track. At this point, the early pace-setters gave way to the closers, as the field fanned out at the top of the stretch. 3.3-1 second choice Flute, the Santa Anita Oaks runner-up, had to go 5 or 6 wide through the stretch and took the lead with a furlong to go, covering the mile in 1:36.10. She held her lead to win by 2 3/4 lengths, completing the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.85. 22-1 longshot Real Cozzy came from as far back as 11th to finish second, while Collect Call, who had stalked the pace the whole way, held on for third at odds of 42.6-1.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 9 Flute Bailey 9.60 5.80 5.00 11 Real Cozzy Melancon 15.20 10.80 3 Collect Call Solis 18.80 Winning Time: 1:48.85 $2 Exacta 9-11 177.20 $2 Trifecta 9-11-3 3,002.40Results Chart
The Oaks field makes the turn for home with Flute starting her winning move on the outside, passing Tap Dance and Mystic Lady on the inside.
Flute all alone at the finish 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Real Cozzy. Trainer Bobby Frankel commented on the trip, "Jerry had to use her 2 or 3 times in the race to keep her out of trouble. She's a great filly, and we'll see in the future how good she can be."
Flute returns to the winner's circle after the race with her jockey Jerry Bailey aboard. With the win, Bailey is 3 wins away from 5000. He said, "Be fun if I did it in the 8th race [tomorrow, the Derby]."
Flute gets her garland of deliciously fragrant stargazer lilies. Jerry Bailey said, "When [Bobby] Frankel tells you they're ready you should believe him."
Prince Ahmed gives trainer Bobby Frankel a high five after the big win. Frankel said, "She's like a pet to me. If she were smaller I'd take her home."
Flute in the winner's circle with trainer Bobby Frankel and Prince Ahmed bin Salman representing Prince Khaled Abdullah of Juddemonte Farms.
The winner of the Oaks is presented with a set of twelve silver julep cups. Juddmonte Farms representative Dr. John Chandler said, "The main aim is to breed Grade 1 fillies, and this is the ultimate."
Second place finisher Real Cozzy, who was a $25,000 supplemental entry, in the post parade.
Third place finisher Collect Call entering the paddock for the Kentucky Oaks.
Morluc won the $100,000 Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint over Testify and Texas Glitter as the first stake on the undercard. Jockey Robby Albarado said, "I was just a passenger today. He loves this track. Today makes him 5 for 6."
Saudi Poetry just hangs on by a head over Royal Fair with Dreams Gallore a length back in third in the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup Stakes. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "This was a good warmup for [jockey] Victor [Espinoza, who rides Congaree in the Derby].
Strategic Partner just gets up by a nose over favorite Baptize with Dynameaux 4 1/2 lengths back in third in the Grade 3 Crown Royal American Turf Stakes. Trainer Mark Hennig said: "He has a tendency to hang and I told John [jockey Velazquez] to make his move as late as possible. He didn't think they had made it in front until the last jump."
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