Bob Baffert's Plum Pretty carried Martin Garcia to victory in the 137th renewal of the Kentucky Oaks before 110,122 race fans at Churchill Downs today — the third largest crowd in Oaks Day history.
The bay daughter of Medaglia d'Oro out of Liszy by A.P. Indy ran the one and one-eighth mile on the fast main track in 1:49.50, a neck ahead of longshot St. John's River with Rosie Napravnik aboard.
Garcia was pleased with his filly's performance.
"Great trip. Great filly. I couldn't have asked for more," said Garcia.
Baffert, who urged the entry of Plum Pretty after a 25-length win in the March 27th Sunland Park Oaks, agreed.
"That was awesome," he said. "We hoped she'd run like that. She thought she was at Sunland Park."
His Midnight Interlude will break from the fifteenth hole in tomorrow's Kentucky Derby.
While obviously disappointed, the nosed-out Napravnik was proud of St. John's River's fight at the wire after a gutsy move to the rail from the far outside post position to the rail.
She explained, "She must not have been square, because it was just an awkward step first out. Not having that good break, I decided to angle over and see what we could do from there."
"We got such a perfect trip down on the rail," she added. "She's a very, very talented filly."
Plum Pretty paid $14.60, $7 and $4, and St. John's River rewarded $13.20 and $7.20 to her backers, with Zazu's show performance returning $4.
Favorite Joyful Victory came in fourth.