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Kentucky Oaks 143

The 143rd running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks, America’s premier and most lucrative race for 3-year old fillies, was held at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 5. The $1 million Grade I stakes race awarded the winning filly, Abel Tasman, a garland of lilies, appropriately named “lilies for the fillies.” Like the Kentucky Derby, the Longines Kentucky Oaks race is one of the longest continually held sporting events in American history and one of the only horse races to take place at the original site of its inception.

Photos by Bill Wine, Tim Valentino, Amber Chalfin, Hunter Zieske & James Eaton.

  • Jordan, Lindsey and Wesley Morgan.

  • Thomas and Kelsie Hamilton.

  • The Kentucky Oaks.

  • Paulette Dolese, Amy Pasentine, Leah Rawson and Cindy Hull.

  • Marty and Beth Morrow.

  • Sherry Wallace and Stuart Reagan.

  • Alexa James and Mia Arnold.

  • Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, Britainy Beshear, Stephanie Renner and Olivia Isaac.

  • Charlotte and Robin Ipsan.

  • Jeff and Katie Wright, Bryne and Ann Wiseman with Christy and Jason Pearson.

  • Chris and Brittany Priddy.

  • Beth Kloiber, Lindy Karns, Alison Polk and Julie Weidinger.

  • Beth Kloiber, Lindy Karns, Alison Polk, Julie Weidinger and Becky Whitman.

  • Meredith and Brian Scott.

  • Linnea and Greg Adelson.

  • Robyn Cochran and Tomi Gibson.

  • Stephanie Renner and Olivia Isaac.

  • Dave and Linda Steinke, Rob King and Sheila Hiestand.

  • Nikia Lightfoot and Ryan Parker.

  • Jacob Hopkins, Shri Patel and Brad Sims.

  • Lois and Jamie Alcorn.

  • Jill and Matt Kamer watched the race on the monitor.

  • Kelly and Kyle Sanborn.

  • Maryna Sokolovsha and Todd Bryant.

  • Maryna Sokolovsha.

  • Fatima and Vlad Inotayev with Sergey Adamov.

  • Andrew Mancini and Renee' Cannon.

  • Patti Caballero and Sandra Christensen.

  • Karen Franson, Mary Reisert, Sandra Christensen and Patti Caballero.

  • Adam and Michelle Singleton with John Y. Brown III and Rebecca Brown.

  • Donna and Al Smith.

  • Kelly Stearman and Amanda Clark.

  • Stacey Steele and Jennifer Krach.

  • Carol Schroeder fastened a necklace for Katie Leventis.

  • Nick and Lisa Zangari with Holly Prather.

  • Alison River and Laura Saleem.

  • Steve Hulsman and Bryce Schneider.

  • Tony and Suzanne Florek, Chelle Wabrek, Nelea Absher, Beth Andrews and Bruce Perkins.

  • Maria and Matt Miller.

  • Dakota Paxson and Brittney White.

  • Devon, Kolton and Rozz Paxson.

  • Catherine and Matthew Smith.

  • Princesses Sidney Cobb, Daphne Woolridge and Kailee Barnes, Queen Natalie Brown and Princess Taylor Marchelle Young.

  • Alice Jane Baron and Mary Cheatham.

  • Scott and Ashley Thornberry, Melissa Jones and Dr. Lonnie Douglas.

  • Brian Boyd, Grace and Caroline Cappock, Ann Boyd and Mike Cappock.

  • Donnie and Danielle Humphrey, Samantha Newton, Charlie Kimbrough, Tim Atkinson, John Pfingston, Melissa Atkinson and Kathryn West- Pfingston.

  • Ellen Cunanan, Melissa Neichter, Leslie Charney and Shelly Breier.

  • Victoria Gorman was all smiles.

  • The Kentucky Oaks.

  • Raj Prabhu and Brooke Fox.

  • Hal and Shelly White.

  • Ray and Cindy Carcione.

  • David and Kristin Phillip.

  • Jessica Hogan, Clare Krebs and Jordan Semder.

  • Leonard Coleman, Kate Welsh, Calvin West and Rachel Bell.

  • Inez Hernandez.

  • Eric Van Meter and Katherine Tallaj.

  • Perry Sutherland studied the racing program.

  • "Three Generations" Diane Cera, Cassie Donoghue, Brielle and Gina DeJoe with Sarah Merrifield.

  • Donna Davis and Kelly Wagner.

  • Lindsey Gray and Dave Komasara.

  • Gary Bebelaar and Diane Maxwell.

  • Don and Frank Arnold.

  • Laura Frazier and Don Ashley.

  • Laura Frazier, Don Ashley with Mendy Hayes.

  • Jill Hiedtke and Sydney Capps.

  • Jennifer Fultz and Holly Winebrenner.

  • Mark Faber, Christos Karmis, Bill Martin and George Pappas.

  • Phil Kelley provided musical entertainment.

  • Dr. Chris Semder, Jordan Semder with Clare and Mark Krebs.

  • Heather Elrod and Marti Mountz.

  • Julia Simons, Greta Noe and LeeAnna Dowan.

  • Robin and Maegan Carek with Brooke Cooper.

  • Robin and Ken Asher with Tammy Gathright.

  • Keith and Kelly Johnson.

  • The Kentucky Oaks.

  • Kara and Shelby Brown.

  • "Dancing to music" of Phil Kelley was enjoyed by many.

  • Jimbo and Sam Simmons.

  • Monica Wolf.

  • Bill Oughton and Tasha Flood.

  • Ali and Adam Frank, Wes Henderson, Jacquelin Scovil, Cordt Huneke, Jessica Kidner and Jonathan Blue.

  • Gary and Valerie Braun with Rose and Butch Schnulle.

  • Rahul Nayar and Shaan Singh.

  • Megan Hack and Seth Wheat.

  • Kelly Lewin placed her bet.

  • Doug and Sheri Gardner.

  • Anna-Marie Hyatt, Melissa Chapman, Autumn Bobitt and Lois Ann Disponett.

  • Erin Harrawood,Erin Harrawood.

  • Amy Steen,Bill Steen,Jennifer Moseley,Matt Mosely,Kelly Stadler,Ben Arnold.

  • Olivia Isaac,Stephanie Renner.

  • Bill Meredith,Cori Meredith.

  • Jason Phelps,Abbey Daniel-Green.

  • Kali Tripp,Thor Tripp.

  • Susan Ratterman, Neil Ratterman.

  • Kathy Pate,Tim Pate.

  • Casey Hernandez,Sandra Johnson.

  • Katen Alladin,Matt Wilhelm,Candice Holffman.

  • Casey Hernandez, Sandra Johnson.

  • Brita Wulfeck,Andy Wulfeck,Megan Zinser.

  • Leslie Oglesbi,Audrey Harvey.

  • Jenna Timmering,Danielle Hardy.

  • Jeff Ketterman,Carrie Ketterman.

  • Nick Hansen,John Hansen.

  • Vasu Vandana.

  • Gidiany Hamilton,Patrick Hamilton.

  • Brian Cooper,Deana Goldson.

  • Kari Long,Sarah Long.

  • Angela Merkley,Lenae Kavanaugh,Scott McVoy,Kelly McVoy.

  • Annemarie Dillard Jazic,Rebecca Smith,Alexandra Dillard Lucie.

  • Bridget Dallman,Callie Bossert,Randi Schaeffer,Molly Schaeffer,Jackie Hall,Steve Cape.

  • Stephanie Allen,Teresa Knox.

  • Kevin Woosley,Jennifer Woosley,David Branmer,Jen Braden.

  • Kasey Hall.

  • Dennie Heightman,Kim Peters

  • James Alexander,Debbie Aexander.

  • Wendy Kaiser,Rhonda Harrison.

  • Kelly Kitchen, Tommy Lowndes,Carol Clien.

  • Chuck Franks,Yvonna Dugan.

  • Lanita Boyd,Steve Boyd,Gina Boyd,Josh Boyd,Kelsey Byers,Stephen Byers.

  • Carrie Ketterman.

  • Christie Ficca,Felicia Pavlica,Robbyn Struck.

  • Giovanna Miller,Jojo Miller.

  • Ashley Sims,Lindsay Ramser.

  • Meagan Williams,Tess Quilan.

  • Suzy Clark.

  • Lauren Green.

  • Michelle Morrison,Keith Blair,Tiffnay McMichael.

  • Beckie Walker,Shelia Lee.

  • Karen Drimmie.

  • Michael Walker,Amanda Clarke.

  • Garret Stanberry,Briana Clenerson.

  • Win Searle,JaeLynn Searle.

  • Langston Theis,Elizabeth Smith-Theis.

  • Cathy Brockie.

  • Julie McCann.

  • Steve Culver,Kim Culver.

  • Lyndsey Powers.

  • Traci Robson,Joe Robson,Jerry Morris,Heather Morris.

  • Jennifer Eisenback.

  • Meridth Mason,Melissa Smith,Emmy Marguess.

  • Jay Huffman,Nong Huffman.

  • Olivia Farmer,George Barrett,Jonathan Farmer.

  • George Jovanoski,Holly Mitchell.

  • Victoria Sisson,Madison Cobb.

  • David Hurtgen,Jennifer Hurtgen.

  • Laura Harrell,Lewis Anderson,Andrea Gohmann,Patrick Fleming.

  • Nicole Temples,Kevin Clutter,Sydney Doctor.

  • Amber Scarborough,Mandy Laurin.

  • Ron Mest,Hailey Mest, Maryellen Mest.

  • Deniese Mallett,Michael Ronto.

  • Denise Lucas,Anna Pray,Julie Johnson.

  • Ray Daniels,Derrick Boston.

  • Misssy Rob,Robinson Rob.

  • Nick Hansen.

  • Chad Whistple,Michael Liquete.

  • Charles Bruce,Lynn Wood,Drew Webb,Bridgett McMichaels.

  • Greg Schonefeld,Ellie Havey.

  • Nate Mathews,Tyler Sopland.

  • Kay Overlund.

  • Lesley Grubbs,Sara Payne.

  • Deborah Held,Taylor Held.

  • Chris Rhode,Connie Rhode.

  • Kim Moxley.

  • Connor Polston,Paige Hines.

  • Crystal Dishon,Debbie Hester.

  • Charles Wadlow,Michelle Wadlow.

  • Dr. Jennifer Grantz,Dr. Erik Grantz.

  • Renee Alif,Bert Knight.

  • Wendi Caporalettic,Jana Allmond.

  • Marie Jones,Ashley Jones.

  • Marie Jones,Ashley Jones.

  • Marie Jones,Rhonda Baucam.

  • Delora Chotipradit,Eva Slabek.

  • Connie Spalding,Cynthia Knapek.

  • Lydia Schmitt,Alissa Sample.

  • Scott McClellen,Cynthia McClellen.

  • Ashley Timmons, Alex Keedy and Diane Daley.

  • Sarah Larson, Ashley Timmons, Alex Keedy and Diane Daley.

  • Erica Irvin and Leesha Lewis.

  • John Sly, Mark Alvord, Logan Trotter and Annie Houin and Ashima and Mohit Srivastava.

  • Christopher Backus and Mira Sorvino.

  • Cynthia Browning, Lori Watson, Jennifer McNichol and Patti Lally.

  • Bob McNichol, Marc Watson, Tim Lally and Bruce Browning.

  • Leslie Janecka, Christine Brinkmann and Rosella Saville.

  • Holly Thompson, Dani Moran, Heather Faulkner and April Cheatham.

  • April Cheatham and Troy Thrasher, Dani and Jason Moran, Chris and Holly Thompson and Heather and Adam Faulkner.

  • Holly and Chris Thompson.

  • Stacy Bloecker, Kay Niebrugge, Shelly Kilibarda and Lisa Kerr.

  • Susanne Wilkerson, Shelley Atkinson and Sylvia Brown.

  • Ricky Spanish.

  • Rachel McMahon and Brian Bailey.

  • Bailey Matz.

  • Mike and Julie Kirkpatrick, Layne Diestel and Grant Paulson.

  • Deveda Parker.

  • Estevan Cordova, Kayla Head, Houston Davis and Holly Buchanan.

  • Jennifer Williamson, Brooke Coleman and Phillip Williamson.

  • Erin and Joe Conway.

  • Tyara Mack and Kevonne King.

  • Rusty, Matt, Chad and Ricky Spanish.

  • Curtis Neeley.

  • Scottie and Simone Marzonie.

  • T., Sue and Andrew Cacko and Kristi Macko.

  • Avery Snook, Cayla Arnshoff and Sophia Norman.

  • Denise Baldon, Tyrone Oliver and Johnnice Otis.

  • Dallas, Cheryl and Candace Sterling, Somer McClain and Addison, Ruthie and Vanessa Sterling.

  • Todd and Gina Pater, Brenda Gebhardt, Danielle Schubargo, Liz Kyler and Nikki Schubargo.

  • Madi Spencer, Natalie Incorvia and Kristi Granecki.

  • Alexia Ganote and Henry Adams.

  • Steve and Lindsey Lawrence.

  • Melanie and Eric Findley and Miranda Waddell.

  • Glenn and Mary Ann Kuerzi, Bill and Linda Geiger and Steve and Judy Seelbach.

  • Scott Ropp, Bridget McCune and Amanda and Brian Hayden.

  • Brian Bennett.

  • Lee Harring and Barbie Tafel.

  • Brandon Simpson, Casey Yarbrough, Miranda Meyers and Chaz English.

  • Kayne Genesis.

  • Maricelle Samiento, Cynthia Gonzales and Desiree Miranda.

  • Jeff and Carrie Ketterman.

  • Daniel Nguyen and Michelle Knights.

  • Bob and MArita Willis.

  • Rachel Pugh and Chris Robert.

  • Erika and Jeff Hawke.

  • Elton Runner and Candace and Dominique Armstrong.

  • Gerrin Moore, Kate Sparrow and Madison Woolsey.

  • Kevin and Caroline Krupp.

  • Julie Mantius.

  • Regan Atkinson and Brad Titzer.

  • Brian and Sarah Aldridge, Hope H., Cassie Blandford and Tanner Roberts.

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms’ Abel Tasman rallied from far back and then held off a late bid from Daddys Lil Darling by 1 ¼ lengths to win the 143rd running of the $1,000,000 Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 105,100 on a cold and rainy Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, Abel Tasman covered the 1 1/8 miles on a sloppy track in 1:51.62. It was the third victory in the Oaks for Baffert, who previously won with Silverbulletday in 1999 and Plum Pretty in 2011. For Smith, it was second victory in the Oaks to go with Princess of Sylmar in 2013. Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 Favorite - Paradise Woods and Miss Sky Warrior take the lead and set fast fractions.

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 Favorite - Paradise Woods and Miss Sky Warrior take the lead and set fast fractions.

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 Favorite - Paradise Woods and Miss Sky Warrior take the lead and set fast fractions.

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 Favorite - Paradise Woods and Miss Sky Warrior take the lead and set fast fractions.

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 Favorite - Paradise Woods and Miss Sky Warrior take the lead and set fast fractions.

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 China Horse Club and Clearsky Farmsí Abel Tasman (Quality Road) rallied from far back to overtake Lockdown and Vexatious to win the 143rd running of the $1,000,000 Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 105,100 on a cold and rainy Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, Abel Tasman covered the 1 1/8 miles on a sloppy track in 1:51.62. It was the third victory in the Oaks for Baffert, who previously won with Silverbulletday in 1999 and Plum Pretty in 2011. For Smith, it was second victory in the Oaks to go with Princess of Sylmar in 2013. Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 Mike Smith and Oaks Winner Abel Tasman return to the winners circle for the blanket of lillies.

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 Jockey Mike Smith Celebrates his second Kentucky Oaks win.

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 The winners Circle for the Kentucky Oaks Bob Baffert, China Horse Club representative Ah Khing Teo hoists the trophy

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 The winners Circle for the Kentucky Oaks Abel Tasman and Jockey Mike Smith pose with her owners China Horse Club, Clearsky Farms, trainer Bob Baffert

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 The winners Circle for the Kentucky Oaks Abel Tasman with Jockey Mike Smilth with assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes and Groom Roberto Luna.

  • Churchill Downs. May 5, 2016 The winners Circle for the Kentucky Oaks Abel Tasman connections China Horse Club, Clearsky Farms, while trainer Bob Baffert hoists the trophy in celebration