Charlie Cooper’s 140th Kentucky Oaks picks


Here are handicapper Charlie Cooper’s picks for the 140th Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 2, at Churchill Downs.

Best Bet: Race 10 Will Take Charge

Best Longshot: Race 6 Undrafted

No. Horse; Jockey; Comments; Odds

Race 1: 6 Furlongs; Allowance; Purse $70,000; 3 YO and Up

4 Irish Lute; Bridgmohan; Almost won Eight Belle stakes off layoff; 3-1

6 Jamaican Smoke; Lezcano; Speedster needed last, overdue; 5-2

7 Brazen Persuasion; Napravnik; Looked sharp until Spinaway stakes; 3-1

3 Elusive Fate; Leparoux; Never off the board at Churchill; 5-1

1 In Haste; Rocco; 10-1

2 Cookie; Torres; 6-1

5 Elitism; Goncalves; 12-1

Race 2: 1 1/16 Mi; Maiden Special Weight; Purse $60,000; Fillies and Mares; 3 YO and Up

3 Call to Action; Rosario; Game in debut, should love extra ground; 3-1

5 Miracle Run; Hernandez; Much improvement last out; 4-1

6 Centella; Goncalves; Good improvement while having trouble; 6-1

2 Senior Prom; Lanerie; Could graduate today; 7-2

1 Partyinslowmotion; Graham; 15-1

8 Richiesredhothoney; Espinoza; 6-1

4 Lady Margarita; Rocco; 4-1

7 Corinthian Wind; Velazquez; 12-1

Race 3: 1 1/16 Mi; Optional Claiming; Purse $65,000; Fillies; 3 YO

3 Flipcup; Rosario; Switches to top barn; 9-2

1 Handmade; Albarado; Back on dirt; 5-1

6 Battle Tale; Bridgmohan; Much better than last; 20-1

10 Elaine Kowaleski; Lanerie; On the improve; 3-1

2 Tiz Windy; Hernandez; 4-1

8 Saturday Storms; Court; 20-1

5 False Clock; Elliott; 12-1

4 Grand Elmendorf; Garcia; 8-1

7 She’s Justified; Castellano; 5-1

11 Run Hide My Girl; Rocco; 20-1

9 Cleo’s Krewe; Rose; 20-1

Race 4: 1 1/16 Mi Turf; Allowance; Purse $65,000; 3 YO and Up

2 Song to You; Castellano; The one to catch; 4-1

5 City Connect; Goncalves; Deep closer back on turf; 6-1

4 Mutasaawy; Albarado; Never off the board on turf; 8-1

11 Play It Loud; Velazquez; Back to better level; 7-2

10 Upkeep; Rocco; 10-1

12 Gabriel’s Cat; Smith; 15-1

6 Layton Register; Nakatani; 8-1

8 Mt Tronador; Graham; 20-1

7 Piceance; Rosario; 8-1

3 Dramedy; Davis; 15-1

9 Mt Tronador; Graham; 20-1

1 Trace Creek; Lanerie; 12-1

Also eligible; 13- 14-15

Race 5: 1 1/16 Mi; LA TROIENNE STAKES; Purse $300,000; Fillies and Mares; 4 YO and Up

6 On Fire Baby; Johnson; Loves track and distance; 7-2

4 Magic Union; Lezcano; Training well since good stakes try; 5-2

3 Unlimited Budget; Velazquez; Has never missed a check; 2-1

5 Devil’s Cave; Castellano; Speedster will keep them honest; 5-2

1 Molly Morgan; Lanerie; 10-1

2 Liberated; Elliott; 12-1

Race 6: 5 Furlongs; TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT STAKES; Purse $150,000; 4 YO and Up

2 Undrafted; Velazquez; Rolls on by; 8-1

8 Sum of the Parts; Napravnik; Speed of the speed?; 3-1

6 Positive Side; Goncalves; Could sit the perfect trip; 6-1

9 Havelock; Castellano; 6 of 7 career wins on turf this distance; 7-2

3 Stormofthecentury; Elliott; 5-1

4 Marchman; Albarado; 4-1

5 Scatman; Lezcano; 12-1

1 Ancil; Leparoux; 10-1

7 Googleado; Borel; 20-1

Race 7: 7 Furlongs; Optional Claiming; Purse $65,000; Fillies; 3 YO

1 Springsteen Road; Hill; Throw out last, sleeper; 12-1

2 Southern Honey; Leparoux; Much the best last out; 5-2

7 Ducasa; Lezcano; Woke when switching to dirt; 6-1

8 Avicii; Mena; Winning rider back aboard; 12-1

10 Elegant Model; Hernandez; 15-1

5 Soul Title; Albarado; 8-1

6 Annoy; Napravnik; 12-1

12 Express Model; Graham; 8-1

3 Creative Spirit; Elliott; 4-1

4 Awesome Jill; Bridgmohan; 12-1

9 Abou; Rocco; 12-1

11 Ireland; Landeros; 20-1

Also eligible; 13-14

Race 8: 7 Furlongs; EIGHT BELLES STAKES; Purse $175,000 Fillies; 3 YO

10 She’s a Tiger; Stevens; The one to beat; 5-2

4 Our Amazing Rose; Velazquez; Undefeated for top barn; 3-1

5 Jojo Warrior; Napravnik; Should have won last, working well; 9-2

8 Mufajaah; Johnson; Adds Lasix and flies late; 10-1

7 Fiftyshadesofgold; Smith; 3-1

6 Cash Control; Graham; 20-1

9 Milam; Lezcano; 12-1

3 Designer Legs; Bridgmohan; 30-1

1 Whomping Willow; Lanerie; 12-1

2 Lady Paradime; Maragh; 30-1

Race 9: 1 1/16 Mi Turf; EDGEWOOD STAKES; Purse $150,000; Fillies; 3 YO

5 Little Journey; Lezcano; Never off the board overseas; 10-1

2 Courageous Julie; Napravnik; On the improve, dangerous today; 20-1

10 Resistivity; Leparoux; Much better than last; 3-1

4 Candy Kitty; Velazquez; Throw out last; 5-2

6 A Little Bit Sassy; Saez; 6-1

7 Istanford; Castellano; 7-2

3 Granny Mc’s Kitten; Rosario; 15-1

1 Miss Machiavelli; Desormeaux; 8-1

8 V V Goodnight; Garcia; 20-1

9 Fonepferesh; Rocco; 30-1

Race 10: 1 1/16 Mi; ALYSHEBA STAKES; Purse $300,000; 4 YO and Up

2 Will Take Charge; Stevens; The best horse in the country?; 4-5

5 Normandy Invasion; Castellano; In career best form; 3-1

7 Golden Ticket; Rosario; Millionaire loves track and distance; 6-1

1 Moonshine Mullin; Borel; The one to catch; 15-1

6 Golden Soul; Albarado; 20-1

9 Bradester; Lezcano; 20-1

8 Appealing Tale; Espinoza; 15-1

3 Mylute; Napravnik; 10-1

4 Coin Broker; Lanerie; 20-1

Race 11: 1 1/8 Mi; KENTUCKY OAKS STAKES; Purse $1,000,000; Fillies; 3 YO

11 My Miss Sophia; Castellano; Wire to wire; 8-1

7 Fashion Plate; Stevens; Swept California fillies stakes; 6-1

13 Untapable; Napravnik; Undefeated at Churchill; 4-5

4 Rosalind; Rosario; Will be rolling late; 8-1

3 Sugar Shock; Borel; 12-1

2 Ria Antonia; Smith; 10-1

12 Got Lucky; Velazquez; 20-1

9 Unbridled Forever; Albarado; 12-1

1 Please Explain; Lezcano; 50-1

5 Thank You Marylou; Leparoux; 30-1

8 Aurelia’s Belle; Hill; 50-1

6 Kiss Moon; Espinoza; 30-1

10 Empress of Midway; Nakatani; 50-1

Race12: 6 Furlongs; Maiden Special Weight; Purse $60,000; Fillies and Mares; 3 YO and Up

8 Taketheodds; Hernandez; Adds Lasix, flies late; 5-1

11 French Press; Garcia; Regally bred to win early; 12-1

3 Toy Land; Ortiz; Adds blinkers and sharp works; 4-1

9 Impetuous Youth; Lanerie; Good spot for debut, well bred; 12-1

10 Dream of Bertie; Bridgmohan; 5-1

4 Katie O.; Santana; 8-1

5 Heavenly Princess; Goncalves; 12-1

6 Mildred; Lezcano; 8-1

2 Crack Your Whip; Rose; 10-1

1 Chief Dante; Napravnik; 12-1

7 Sugar Run Wild; Elliott; 6-1

12 Secret Journey; Pompell; 30-1