Undefeated Kentucky-bred Malathaat has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 147th Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs. Kentucky-breds are assured of a fifth consecutive win in the Oaks as all 14 runners in this year’s Kentucky Oaks field are bred in Kentucky.
Malathaat, owned by Shadwell Stable and bred in the Bluegrass by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, is trained by Todd Pletcher. Shadwell paid $1,050,000 for the son of Curlin out of the Grade 1 winner Dreaming of Julia, A.P. Indy, from the Denali Stud consignment at the 2019 Keeneland September Sale.
A winner in her career bow at Belmont Park last year at two, Malathaat followed up that winning debut with three consecutive stakes scores. She captured the Tempted Stakes in November and then won the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) to close out her juvenile campaign. She made her lone start this year at Keeneland, narrowly gamely proving best in the Ashland Stakes (G1) in her most recent outing on April 3. Ranked 5th on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard, Malathaat will be ridden by John Velazquez who won the 2004 Kentucky Oaks for Pletcher on Ashado. Malathaat will break from post position No. 10.
Search Results is the top-ranked filly on the Oaks Leaderboard. Like Malathaat, Search Results has never tasted defeat in her three lifetime starts. The daughter of Flatter won the Gazelle Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct in her most recent start for trainer Chad Brown. A $310,000 graduate out of the Select Sales consignment at the Keeneland September Sale, Search Results is owned by Klaravich Stables and was bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall. Listed as the 3-1 co-second choice on the morning-line, Search Results is produced from the Candy Ride (ARG) mare Co Cola. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount.
Also listed at odds of 3-1 is Travel Column from the Brad Cox barn. Owned by OXO Equine and bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Bayne Welker Jr. and Denali Stud, Travel Column won the Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs last year at two and won the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) in impressive fashion by 2 ¾ lengths in her most recent start. Jockey Florent Geroux has the mount on the daughter of Frosted, and they will break from post position No. 6. Geroux and Cox teamed last year to win the Oaks with Shedaresthedevil and in 2018 with champion Monomoy Girl.