05/03/2016 12:13PM

Rachel's Valentina gets post 11 in Kentucky Oaks

Barbara D. Livingston
Rachel's Valentina is a lukewarm 7-2 favorite in the Kentucky Oaks.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rachel’s Valentina has been pegged a lukewarm 7-2 favorite in an oversubscribed field of 3-year-old fillies in the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks, to be run Friday at Churchill Downs as the 11th of 13 races.

Fifteen 3-year-old fillies will be on the program, although only as many as 14 can start in the 1 1/8-mile race.

Rachel’s Valentina is the only filly produced by Rachel Alexandra, whose record 20 1/4-length victory in the 2009 Oaks helped propel her to the Racing Hall of Fame. Rachel’s Valentina, with John Velazquez to ride from post 11, is one of a handful of likely favorites, as Weep No More (9-2), Cathryn Sophia (9-2), and Land Over Sea (5-1) follow closely on the Churchill morning line set by Mike Battaglia.

Cathryn Sophia was one of several fillies whose connections originally did not intend to contest the Oaks but changed their minds after Songbird, the heavy early favorite, was declared from the race on April 17 because of a lingering fever.

“We wouldn’t have run except for that,” said John Servis, trainer of Cathryn Sophia for the Cash Is King stable. “Our filly is really progressing, moving forward.”

Other prominent contenders in a highly competitive renewal of the filly classic include Lewis Bay (8-1), Terra Promessa (10-1), and Go Maggie Go (12-1).

Go Maggie Go will be making just her third career start after winning a maiden race and the Gulfstream Park Oaks.

“She’s short on experience but long on talent,” said trainer Dale Romans.

First post Friday is 10:30 a.m. Eastern, with the Oaks set for 5:49 as part of an NBCSN live broadcast. Scratch time is 9 a.m. Friday, which will determine whether the lone also-eligible, Dothraki Queen, will get to run. One of the would-be also-eligibles, Carina Mia, will run instead in the Grade 2 Eight Belles, one of five other graded stakes on the Oaks card.

Field for Kentucky Oaks

1. Terra Promessa, R. Santana Jr., 10-1

2. Weep No More, C. Lanerie, 9-2

3. Lewis Bay, I. Ortiz Jr., 8-1

4. Go Maggie Go, L. Saez, 12-1

5. Dream Dance, B. Hernandez Jr., 30-1

6. Mokat, F. Prat, 20-1

7. Mo D'Amour, J. Rosario, 30-1

8. Royal Obsession, F. Geroux, 20-1

9. Paola Queen, I. Jaramillo, 30-1

10. Venus Valentine, S. Bridgmohan, 30-1

11. Rachel's Valentina, J. Velazquez, 7-2

12. Cathryn Sophia, J. Castellano, 9-2

13. Land Over Sea, M. Gutierrez, 5-1

14. Taxable, M. Smith, 20-1

15. ae-Dothraki Queen, G. Stevens, 30-1

cappelletti63 More than 1 year ago
13 for Nyquist and Land over sea. Interesting.... Lucky number 13 for Reddman Racing... 
justsaynnn More than 1 year ago
3-11-13 trifecta box. You're welcome.
Batuhan Altan More than 1 year ago
sgvoak More than 1 year ago
So weep nomore was 30/1 beats the 11 and the 12 but isnt favored but gets the odds respect to be 9/2??? Really. Than land over sea comes closes to songbird in a race but odds lower than others that showed stamina problems (this im happy about) man give me gomaggiego and land over sea on top all day and put them 2under with taxable rachel terra and i guess lewis bay for exacta and tri. This Aint no damm sprint
Richard Kennedy More than 1 year ago
Miffed that my future wager Exacta box of CATHERINE SOPHIA and CARINA MIA is now TRASH.
Ron Carmichael Sr. More than 1 year ago
weep no more my ladys weep no more today,we will sing one song for our Kentucky home ,as she romps home.
A More than 1 year ago
Probably won't hit the board.
John More than 1 year ago
Ah, Songbird............................all the what if's ?.........................Would she have won by 10 or 20 ?
A More than 1 year ago
Probably 4. 
Dahorsecapper More than 1 year ago
Songbird would have lost if everyone had entered that entered today. CD is a whole different bird with a huge crowd and horses that actually would challenge her not the same rats at SA.
Juan Pena More than 1 year ago
Stop it! So the Keenland crowd was not huge? Rachel already chased Bird around the track. Land over sea who has been chasing Bird forever went to FG and romped . 
Dahorsecapper More than 1 year ago
Not at all Keenland crowd was peanuts compared to what it will be on Oaks day. 45 to 50 thousand people is not the same.
Juan Pena More than 1 year ago
Capper you obviously have no clue what you're talking about. The Keeneland crowd on Saturday to watch Songbird play with the comp was 50,155. Not only would Songbird crush these fillies but in my opinion would beat the boys in the Derby as well
Dahorsecapper More than 1 year ago
yes 50,000 thats what i said i have a clue i was there for the BC.. the oaks crowd will be 100,000.

she would not beat the fillies and would be done by the far turn against the colts in my opinion.

hey we all can have are opinions thats where the odds come from thats how we win and lose $.

 i disagree that songbird would have beat this group . Whats wrong with that ? After this race there will be some filly to talk about who is on her way to possibly 3 yo filly of the year . Lets celebrate that and forget about Songbird until she comes back, if she comes back. For now we have a nice group to watch
cappelletti63 More than 1 year ago
I agree with you 100%
Brian Clark More than 1 year ago
Your a loser
Adam Levy More than 1 year ago
Clickbait...he has nothing better to do than get in internet fights so he posts ridiculous stuff like that. Songbird would have been pointed to the Derby had it not been for the 8 Belles tragedy...so yes she easily beats this field. Look at what Land over Sea did when she got away from her!!
cappelletti63 More than 1 year ago
at least 7