Full field of 14 fillies set to run in 143rd Running of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday. Richard Mandella’s filly Paradise Woods entered as 5/2 morning-line favorite.

The Kentucky Oaks may not get the same clout and clamor as the Kentucky Derby, but I can promise you this, real horse racing people, racetrackers’ and handicappers’ alike, care just as much about the race for the fillies as they do about the one for the colts. The 2017 edition of the Kentucky Oaks is very similar to that of the Derby. A defection of the filly by the name of UNIQUE BELLA has caused the race to become wide open in the eyes of many. On the other hand, PARADISE WOODS, a 3-year-old filly by UNION RAGS, has stormed into the limelight after her dazzling 11-length victory in the Santa Anita Oaks one month ago. Her trainer, Richard Mandella said, “She’s come a long way, fast, with only three races.” By putting up flashy Beyer speed figure of 107 (Brisnet Speed Figure: 110), she has bypassed all of the questions about her lack of experience.

I will breakdown all fourteen Oaks horses and post them tomorrow, but a quick note about Paradise Woods. I definitely expect her to bounce. The question is how much will she regress? There are many questions when it comes to the 3-year-old crop of fillies this year. Many wanted to see UNIQUE BELLA run in the Santa Anita Derby prior to her injury. In my eyes, I think Paradise Woods is a great horse to bet against. There are many opportunities to make money.

Check back soon.


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