LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 06: Jockey Martin Garcia (right), riding Plum Pretty #12 edges out Jockey Rosie Napravnik, riding St. John's River #13 to win the 137th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kentucky Oaks 2011: Plum Pretty Holds Off St. John's River For The Win

Plum Pretty held-off St. John's River at the wire in the Kentucky Oaks to take home the $500,000 prize and garland of roses at Churchill Downs on Friday.

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Kentucky Oaks 2011 Results: Plum Pretty Gives Bob Baffert Another Winner

It may not quite be the Kentucky Derby, but the Kentucky Oaks is, essentially, a dress rehearsal for Saturday's big race at Churchill Downs. It has all the feel, pomp and pageantry of derby, with a few major differences. Unlike the derby, the Kentucky Oaks is for the fillies and instead of a run for the roses, it's a dash for the lilies. And with excitement in the air as the 2011 Kentucky Derby weekend kicked off at Churchill Downs, the fillies took center-stage in front of just over 110,000 adoring fans.

Joyful Victory opened as the morning favorite and held 2/1 odds as they hit the post, followed closely by Zazu and Kathmanblu, each at 4/1. Summer Soire took the lead into the first turn, with Joyful Victory sitting back in fifth, biding her time. She was flanked by Kathmanblu and Zazu, who were all comfortable waiting to hit the gas pedal as they hit the back-stretch.

However, as they made the turn, Plum Pretty took the lead down the stretch and opened it up, leaving the field in the dust down the stretch. St. John's River came on strong down the stretch, but Plum Pretty was able to hold at the wire, winning by less than a length. And, again, Bob Baffert had a winning horse at Churchill Downs, this time in the Kentucky Oaks.

It was the No. 12 and No. 13 horses at the wire, with Plum Pretty taking home the $500,000 top-prize and garland of lilies by a nose over St. John's River.

For more on the race, check out the rest of our 2011 Kentucky Oaks StoryStream. The Kentucky Derby gets underway on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Stay with our 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream for previews, odds and analysis up to and throughout the derby. For more on the race, head over to SB Nation's Kentucky Derby StoryStream or check out And Down The Stretch They Come. Be sure to check out SB Nation's Kentucky Oaks StoryStream, as well.

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Kentucky Oaks 2011 Post Positions: Joyful Victory Favored, Starting On The Rail

The 2011 Kentucky Oaks gets underway just before 6 p.m. EDT, or 3 p.m. here on the West Coast, live from Churchill Downs. The Oaks is the warm-up for the Kentucky Derby, with three-year-old fillies set to take the track in the run for the lilies. The post is a bit less crowded, with 13 horses pulled for the post position draw earlier in the week.

Joyful Victory, coming out of the No. 1 spot, is the morning line favorite in the Kentucky Oaks, holding 5/2 odds. She will start on the rail, though it's less of a factor than the Derby, with only 12 other horses to navigate through. Kathmanblu holds 4/1 odds and will start from the No. 4 post position. Zazu also holds 4/1 odds and will start from the No. 6 position.

You can find more information on the race in our Kentucky Oaks StoryStream. The race will be broadcast live on Versus just before 3 p.m. PDT.

Below are the post positions and odds for the 2011 Kentucky Oaks, along with the jockeys and odds. More information can be found in SB Nation's Kentucky Oaks StoryStream.

Post Horse Jockey ML
1 Joyful Victory Smith, Mike 5/2
2 Lilacs and Lace Castellano, Javier 12/1
3 Summer Soiree Saez, Gabriel 5/1
4 Kathmanblu Leparoux, Julien 4/1
5 Suave Voir Faire Mena, Miguel 50/1
6 Zazu Rosario, Joel 4/1
7 Her Smile Gomez, Garret 20/1
8 Bouquet Booth Albarado, Robby 20/1
9 Daisy Devine Graham, James 20/1
10 Street Storm Bridgmohan, Shaun 50/1
11 Holy Heavens Desormeaux, Kent 50/1
12 Plum Pretty Garcia, Martin 5/1
13 St. Jonn's River Napravnik, Rosie 30/1

 

The Kentucky Derby gets underway on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Stay with our 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream for previews, odds and analysis up to and throughout the derby. For more on the race, head over to SB Nation's Kentucky Derby StoryStream or check out And Down The Stretch They Come.

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