Longshot Princess of Sylmar rallied with a huge stretch run to win the $1 million Kentucky Oaks yesterday at Churchill Downs.
One of four fillies trained by Todd Pletcher in the Grade I race, the 38-1 longshot upstaged 3-2 favorite Dreaming of Julia for her third win in four starts this year. That positioned Pletcher for a weekend sweep today in the Kentucky Derby, where he has a record-tying five entries.
A slow start doomed Dreaming of Julia, who lagged behind before recovering in the stretch to finish fourth before a crowd of 113,820.
"I've never come close in the Kentucky Oaks, and I've always wanted to win this race so bad," Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith said. "I thank Todd for putting her in."
Longshot Black Onyx was a late scratch for the Kentucky Derby because of a chip in his left ankle, leaving 19 horses in the race.
The scratch occurred yesterday after early wagering for the race had opened, so Black Onyx' No. 1 post position will be left empty today. The remaining horses will stay in their original starting-gate positions.
Trainer Kelly Breen said the colt, which was at 50-1 on the morning line, looked good training yesterday, but had some swelling in the ankle, so an X-ray was taken, which revealed the chip.
"He's back in the barn. He's not feeling that bad, because he just tried to bite me," Breen said. "It couldn't have been worse timing."
He said it's too early to know whether Black Onyx will need surgery or will recover on his own.