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2012 Kentucky Oaks Results

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Believe You Can wins the 2012 Kentucky Oaks
Believe You Can wins the 2012 Kentucky Oaks

Believe You Can wins the 2012 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
May 4, 2012

A field of 14 three-year-old fillies competed in the 138th edition of the $1,000,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1) before 112,552 fans, the second largest Oaks day attendance in history. The day was marred by a thunderstorm which caused a delay and evacuation of the infield just before the 10th race which pushed back post time for the Oaks by about 35 minutes. Grace Hall was sent off as the 2.80-1 favorite off her win in the Gulfstream Oaks (G2). In to challenge her included 4-1 second choice On Fire Baby, winner of the Honeybee (G3) at Oaklawn, and 9-2 third choice Broadway's Alibi, winner of four straight including the Comely (G3) at Aqueduct.

Broadway’s Alibi took the lead at the start with Believe You Can tracking her on the outside. They stayed like this for most of the first mile, then Believe You Can took over the lead with Broadway's Alibi never giving up, while Grace Hall moved up into third. Believe You Can battled with Broadway’s Alibi down the stretch to win by 3/4 of a length in 1:49.50. Grace Hall was another 2 1/2 lengths back in third.

This victory was the first Grade 1 win for jockey Rosie Napravnik, who became the first female rider to win the Kentucky Oaks.

Results chart from DRF

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