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2011 Kentucky Oaks Results

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Plum Pretty wins the 2011 Kentucky Oaks
Plum Pretty wins the 2011 Kentucky Oaks

Plum Pretty wins the 2011 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
May 6, 2011

A field of 13 three-year-old fillies competed in the 137th edition of the $1,000,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1) before 110,122 fans, the third largest Oaks day attendance in history. Honeybee (G3) and Fantasy (G2) stakes winner Joyful Victory was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in this 1 1/8 mile main track feature over 7-2 second choice Zazu, winner of the Las Virgenes (G1) before finishing a close second in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), and 4-1 third choice Kathmanblu, third in the Ashland (G1) after winning the Rachel Alexandra (G3).

Jockey Gabriel Saez sent Summer Soiree to the front first time past the stands and she set fractions of 23.65 46.99, and 1:11.25 over the fast track while loose on the lead as many as 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Plum Pretty who stalked her in second. Entering the stretch, Summer Soiree tired badly allowing Plum Pretty to inherit the lead at the 1/4 pole and opening up by 3 lengths at the 1/8 pole through a mile in 1:36.41. St. John's River, 12th early, put in a strong late rally 6 wide but Plum Pretty held her off to get the win by a neck in a time of 1:49.50. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to Zazu third, while favorite Joyful Victory was another 1/2 length back in fourth.

Results chart from DRF

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