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Kentucky Oaks Results 2015: Winner, Payouts and Order of Finish

Tyler Duma@@TylerDuma_BRFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2015

Kerwin D. Clark rides Lovely Maria to victory during the 141st running of the Kentucky Oaks horse race at Churchill Downs Friday, May 1, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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For the more casual horse racing fan, tomorrow's Kentucky Derby is the paramount of horse racing. For those more tuned into the racing scene, the Kentucky Oaks is almost as good as its brother race.

This year's field featured two dynamite favorites in Stellar Wind and Condo Commando. Condo Commando helped to set the pace, running on the lead for most of the race, and Stellar Wind ran hard down the stretch to log a fourth-place finish.

That said, these two could have run perfect races, and neither would have bested Lovely Maria. The Majesticperfection filly ran a perfect race, and it was she who proved to be the best horse in the field today, winning at odds of 6-1.

This year, a record 123,763 fans showed up to watch the Oaks at Churchill today, so let's recap what they and the many fans at home saw take place.

Final Order of Finish

Kentucky Oaks Final Order of Finish
PositionHorseLengths BackPost-Time OddsTrainerJockey
1Lovely Maria--6-1Larry JonesKerwin Clark
2Shook Up2 ¾26-1Steven AsmussenRobby Albarado
3I'm A Chatterbox3 ¾5-1Larry JonesFlorent Geroux
4Stellar Wind4 ¾3-1John SadlerVictor Espinoza
5Birdatthewire5 ¼5-1Dale RomansIrad Ortiz Jr.
6Angela Renee5 ¼21-1Todd PletcherJohn Velazquez
7Oceanwave6 ¼18-1Wayne CatalanoRafael Bejarano
8Include Betty726-1Thomas ProctorRosemary Homeister Jr.
9Condo Commando74-1Rudy RodriguezJoel Rosario
10Eskenformoney7 ½21-1Todd PletcherJavier Castellano
11Forever Unbridled8 ½27-1Dallas StewartMike Smith
12Puca11 ¾18-1William MottJunior Alvarado
13Money'soncharlotte14 ¾64-1Kelly BreenPaco Lopez
14Sarah SisDNF36-1Ingrid MasonGary Stevens
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Payouts

Kentucky Oaks Winner and Payouts
HorseWinPlaceShow
Lovely Maria$14.60$7.80$5.40
Shook Up--$20.20$11.40
I'm A Chatterbox----$5.00
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Recap

Condo Commando broke solidly out to the front and led the group through the first turn. Under a steady hold from rider Joel Rosario, Condo Commando led the group through a first quarter in 23.51 seconds.

Unfortunately, she burnt herself out and had very little in the way of energy when it mattered most, falling hard as they made the turn for home. 

The first choice, Stellar Wind, broke dead last and rode three or four wide through the first turn before settling in for a two-wide backstretch run. Stellar Wind, like Condo Commando, had nothing close to the necessary amount of drive to catch Lovely Maria today.

Trained by Larry Jones (who also trained the third-place finisher I'm A Chatterbox), Lovely Maria and her rider, Kerwin Clark, ran a beautiful race.

The Majesticperfection filly broke third out of the gate and ran three wide through the first turn before tucking behind Angela Renee, who was running out of the two path. Clark made a great move just before the far turn, grabbing the three path as they made the turn for home.

When they straightened out for the stretch run, Lovely Maria grabbed the two path and began to pull away from Angela Renee. When it was all said and done, Lovely Maria netted herself a 2.5-length victory (pictured below) with a time of 1:50.45 and the lion's share of the $1 million purse.

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Behind her were Shook Up and I'm A Chatterbox, respectively.

Shook Up ran a nice race herself, running along the rail in third place for much of the race before making a solid run down the stretch for a second-place finish.

I'm A Chatterbox barreled down the stretch run on the outside of Shook Up, and if this had been run over the 1 ¼-mile distance we'll see in tomorrow's Kentucky Derby, she may very well have won the race. However, today was not her day.

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Clark became the oldest jockey ever to win the Kentucky Oaks, per NBC Sports Network, and he'll always be remembered for running what was truly a flawless race. Meanwhile, with Lovely Maria grabbing the victory, Jones has his second Oaks winner in four years after training Believe You Can to a win back in 2011, per KentuckyDerby.com.

If you're all worked up now and jonesin' for more, you're not alone. The Derby tomorrow will be a welcome follow-up performance.

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