LOUISVILLE — Grace Hall, trained by Tony Dutrow, was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite over fellow Grade I winners Eden's Moon and Karlovy Vary when a full field of 14 3-year-old fillies were entered Tuesday for Friday's 138th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks.
Grace Hall captured the Grade I Spinaway last summer at Saratoga and, in her lone Churchill Downs start, finished second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies to eventual champion My Miss Aurelia.
The daughter of Empire Maker comes into the Oaks off a 6½ -length victory in the Grade II Gulfstream Park Oaks on March 31. Javier Castellano has the mount on Grace Hall, who will break from post position two.
"At the moment, I'm not feeling I have something to be concerned about with the two post," Dutrow said. "I thought that she would be the favorite."
On Fire Baby and Broadway's Alibi are the co-second choices at 4-1.
On Fire Baby won the Grade II Pocahontas and Golden Rod at Churchill last fall. The daughter of Smoke Glacken won the Grade III Honeybee in her most recent start and will break from post position one.
Brereton Jones declared his colt Mark Valeski out of the Kentucky Derby on Tuesday, but the former Kentucky governor has a leading Oaks contender in Believe You Can. The daughter of Proud Citizen comes into the Oaks off a victory in the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks for trainer Larry Jones, who saddled Proud Spell to victory in the 2008 edition of the race.