By Christie DeBernardis
Champion Jaywalk (Cross Traffic), who makes her seasonal bow in Saturday's GII Davona Dale S., tops a list of 115 sophomore fillies nominated to the 145th running of the GI Kentucky Oaks May 3 at Churchill Downs. Other well known nominees include regally-bred GISW and 'TDN Rising Star' Chasing Yesterday (Tapit), MGISW Bellafina (Quality Road) and MGSW Serengeti Empress (Alternation).
The purse for this year's renewal was raised from $1 million to $1.25 million. Each of the 115 fillies nominated to the Oaks was made eligible by a $200 payment that was due Feb. 16. A complete list of nominations is available at here. Click here for a list of Oaks prep races.
Fillies not nominated to the Kentucky Oaks can be made eligible through a $1,500 late fee due April 13 or a $20,000 supplemental nomination due at the time of entry. The Oaks field is limited to 14 starters and up to four fillies can be designated as “also-eligible” to start. Eligibility to compete is determined by points amassed during the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” point series.