Fri 04/05/2018 - 03:41 EDT

2018 Kentucky Oaks Picks

2018 Kentucky Oaks Picks

Kentucky Oaks Preview and Odds

The 2018 Kentucky Oaks is coming down to the tale of two fillies versus the rest of the field. Breaking from the outside #14 gate, Monomoy Girl is listed as the slight favorite at 2-1 in Bovada's online racebook, while Midnight Bisou is the close second choice at 9-4.

Trained by Brad Cox, Monomoy Girl has won five of her six lifetime starts, with one runner-up finish, and has done so with some style. She's won her last two races by a combined 8 lengths and defeated four other Oaks runners in the process. Last out she won the (G1) Ashland Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths going wire-to-wire, and previous to that she won the (G2) Rachel Alexandra by 2 1/2 lengths coming from last in the field of seven after hitting the gate at the break.

She already has two wins on the Churchill Downs dirt, and is a formidable favorite here, even breaking from the outside gate.

Midnight Bisou Presents a Challenge

Midnight Bisou, meanwhile, has won three straight all at Santa Anita race track and all in graded stakes after starting her career with a pair of second-place efforts. Last out she came from way back in the field to take the (G1) Santa Anita Oaks by 3 1/2 lengths, whereas in her previous wins she raced much closer to the early pace.

That kind of versatility should help her in the Kentucky Oaks, but the question for her is more about the level of competition she has been facing, as none of the fillies she beat in her wins made it into the Oaks field. On the other hand, she has won on a wet track already, and with rain in the forecast for Friday at Louisville, that could play to her advantage.

With those two taking all the money, there is lots of value to be had in the rest of the field, and at 18-1, Chocolate Martini is worth a look for the upset. It took her four tries to get her first win, and she started 2018 racing in the claiming ranks, but since being moved to trainer Tom Amoss she has improved by leaps and bounds.

Last out she tried graded-stakes racing for the first time in the (G2) Fair Grounds Oaks, and rallied from near the back coming off the final turn to take over in the stretch and get up for the win by a head at odds of 14-1, beating three others she'll face again on Friday. She also already has a win over a track rated as "good", so she's another one that might get some benefit out of an off track.

Closing fast to finish right behind her in the FG Oaks was Eskimo Kisses (14-1). She also needed four starts to get her first lifetime win, but has been competitive in all her races, running second in the Fair Grounds Oaks as well as in the Ashland, although well-beaten by Monomoy Girl in that one. Three starts back she crushed the field by 11 1/2 lengths in an allowance-level race on a sloppy track, and the combination of rain as well as added distance gives her a decent shot to be a factor on Friday.

The Kentucky Oaks goes Friday, May 4 from Churchill Downs. It's race #11 of 13 on an excellent card that includes five other graded-stakes races. Post time for the Oaks is 6:12 PM Eastern.

Entries w/ Bovada Odds

  1. Sassy Sienna (16-1)
  2. Coach Rocks (9-1)
  3. Classy Act (20-1)
  4. Chocolate Martini (18-1)
  5. Wonder Gadot (22-1)
  6. Kelly's Humor (25-1)
  7. Rayya (9-1)
  8. Heavenhasmynikki (33-1)
  9. Take Charge Paula (14-1)
  10. Midnight Bisou (9-4)
  11. My Miss Lilly (10-1)
  12. Patrona Margarita (50-1)
  13. Eskimo Kisses (14-1)
  14. Monomoy Girl (2-1)

Kentucky Oaks Picks

  • 1) #4 - Chocolate Martini
  • 2) #14 - Monomoy Girl
  • 3) #13 - Eskimo Kisses
  • 4) #10 - Midnight Bisou

Kentucky Oaks Betting

Of course, Friday's Kentucky Oaks will be followed on Saturday by the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, and you can find great odds on both races in Bovada's top-rated online racebook. 

    View All Sports Betting Sites

    Category : Betting Picks

    Tag : Bovada , Horse Racing

    More articles...
    Betting Picks - 21/01/22
    NFL Divisional Finals 2022 Betting Picks 
    NFL Divisional Finals 2022 Betting Picks

    We're into the business end of the NFL season now as the NFC reaches its semi-finals stage as four teams remain in the division. We are giving you free betting picks for the NFL Playoffs 2022.

    After a dominant Wildcard weekend win over Dallas, the San Francisco 49ers take a trip to face off against the Green Bay Packers for the right to feature in the NFC Championship game.

    There the winner will take on the winner of the other semi-final, between the defending champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams after they both survived the Wildcard weekend too.

    We'll take a look at the best betting picks for these two games and see if we can earn you some extra cash this weekend.

    Betting Picks - 21/01/22
    UFC 270 Betting Picks - Ciryl Gane Slight Favourite to Beat Francis Ngannou 
    UFC 270 Betting Picks - Ciryl Gane Slight Favourite to Beat Francis Ngannou

    The UFC is back for 2022 and the first numbered card of the year is headlined by the top two heavyweights in the world as undisputed champion Francis Ngannou takes on interim champion Ciryl Gane.

    Live from the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California on January 20th, the two most feared men in the organization will go head-to-head in a five-round war to crown the undisputed best heavyweight in the world right now.

    We'll take a look at the betting odds for the bout and see what picks we can find to earn you some bonus cash for the new year.

    Betting Picks - 19/01/22
    USMNT World Cup Qualifiers Betting Picks 
    USMNT World Cup Qualifiers Betting Picks

    The United States Men's National Team returns to World Cup qualifying duty at the end of the month for a triple-header of games in which they hope to secure their path to Qatar for November.

    The States currently sit in second place in the qualifying table, with 15 points from eight games so far and a point behind their rivals Canada in the top spot.

    They'll take on El Salvador, Canada, and Honduras in their three games, where nine points will surely boost their chances of being at the World Cup finals.

    We'll take a look at the best betting tips for the three games and see if we can earn you some extra cash in the process.

    Betting Picks - 18/01/22
    Australian Open 2022 Betting Picks - Mens & Women's Winners 
    Australian Open 2022 Betting Picks - Mens & Women's Winners

    The first Grand Slam tournament of 2022 is upon us and without the world's number one Novak Djokovic, it's a wide-open field for the men's game.

    It's also the first Grand Slam for Naomi Osaka since her troubles last year, and with no Serena Williams either all the women will feel they have a chance to secure the first major of the season.

    We'll take a look at the best bets for the Australian Open tournament that ends next weekend and see if we can earn you some extra cash from the tournament.