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Not much faith in Pitino’s Coach Rocks and other Oaks tips

TwinSpires’ Ed DeRosa provides some tips for Oaks Day


Big Blue Nation will be happy to read that I don’t give Coach Rocks—the filly named for her part owner Rick Pitino—much of a chance to win the Kentucky Oaks, but even if she did win she’d probably be DQed and have to forfeit her blanket of lilies—the horse racing equivalent to a banner.

Coach Rocks is one of 14 fillies expected to contest the Kentucky Oaks Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby eve. Her recruitment to the race is on the up and up by virtue of having won the Gulfstream Park Oaks, but the Florida-based fillies are akin to the Big 12 come Tournament time: lots of flash in the regular season but a dud when it counts most.

I’m out of Coach Rocks-Pitino-Basketball analogies so I’m just going to go ahead and tell you how I’m going to bet the race at this point.

The top two choices are Monomoy Girl and Midnight Bisou. I like Monomoy Girl better even from the far outside post, but from a wagering standpoint I actually prefer Eskimo Kisses and My Miss Lilly. My goal will be to get at least one of them in the trifecta.

Other things to watch for on Kentucky Oaks day is last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming running in the Alysheba Stakes and last year’s Oaks winner Abel Tasman in the La Troienne. Pretty cool that by the end of the weekend Matt Jones will get to say he saw two Derby and two Oaks winners this weekend.

Enjoy the races, and don’t forget to use KSR12 when signing up for a TwinSpires.com account. And if you’ve already signed up using a KSR code in previous years, make sure to visit http://www.twinspires.com/offers for bonuses on this year’s Oaks-Derby weekend.

Article written by KSR