A full field of 14 three-year-old fillies competed in the 136th edition of the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1), traditionally held on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby, before a record crowd of 116,046, the 4th largest in Oaks history. Fantasy Stakes winner Blind Luck was sent off as the 6-5 favorite over 5-1 second choice Amen Hallelujah, second in the Bonnie Miss after winning the Davona Dale, both at Gulfstream, and 8-1 third choice It's Tea Time, second in the Ashland last out and making just her fourth lifetime start.
Tidal Pool was sent to the early lead by jockey Calvin Borel, and she set early fractions of 23.95, 48.15, and 1:12.50 over the fast track while saving ground on the rail. Ailalea stalked her in second while favorite Blind Luck was unhurried at the back of the field, 10 lengths off the pace. Entering the stretch, Ailalea tired while Blind Luck switched to the outside for running room. Evening Jewel, who was fourth early, came through to pass Tidal Pool at the 3/16 to gain a short lead through 1 mile in 1:37.48, but Blind Luck was gaining with every stride. The pair hit the line together in 1:50.70. The photo determined that Blind Luck got up by a nose for the win, and it was another 2 3/4 lengths back from Evening Jewel to Tidal Pool third.