Kentucky Derby

Rags to Riches wins the Oaks

LOUISVILLE — Rags to Riches led a wave of four fast-closing fillies to aconvincing 4 1/4-length victory in the $589,200 Kentucky Oaks on Friday atChurchill Downs.

The Todd Pletcher-trained Rags to Riches was chased through the finalfurlong by stablemate Octave, who wound up with a 3 1/2-length margin overlocal favorite High Heels.

Dawn After Dawn charged up from 12th place to get fourth.

Rags to Riches, the 3-2 favorite, made her move after running fifth throughthe first 6 furlongs. By the stretch, she was 2 lengths ahead of Octave andmore than doubled that lead through the lane.

The victory sets up Pletcher to become the first trainer to win the Oaks onFriday and the Kentucky Derby the next day in more than half a century.

Pletcher, winning his second Oaks, will saddle a record-tying five horsesSaturday: Circular Quay, Scat Daddy, Any Given Saturday, Cowtown Cat and SamP.

Pletcher could match the Oaks-Derby double of Ben A. Jones, who trainedCalumet Farm¹s Real Delight and Hill Gail to victories in 1952.

The Grade I victory was the third in a row for Rags to Riches, who preppedon the West Coast with triumphs in the Las Virgenes and Santa Anita Oaks.

Earlier on Friday's card, 2006 Oaks winner Lemons Forever finished sixth andlast in the Louisville Breeders' Cup.

Lemons Forever, a 47-1 long shot in the Oaks, hasn't won since that race ayear ago. She competed in seven consecutive Grade I races until Friday'sGrade II event.

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