First off, let me apologize for my coverage of the 2013 Kentucky Oaks….or should I say, the lack there of it. I’ve been so focused on Horse Racing’s premier race, the 2013 Kentucky Derby with its deep and talented field, that I probably have neglected the Oaks slightly. Not sure why with two year old filly champion Beholder, the unbeaten and enormously talented Unlimited Budget and the good looking Dreaming of Julia all just about nine days away from meeting at Churchill Downs.
As I said last year, the Oaks, which is run at 1 1/8 miles and in my mind goes along way in determining the three year old filly championship, has gained quite a bit of popularity over the last serveral years.
Being that the race is traditionally run on the Friday (or the day) before the Kentucky Derby it was once looked at like the Ed McMahon to the Kentucky Derby’s Johnny Carson, but that is just not the case anymore.
Once again, as I said last year, the numbers don’t lie. In the 1980 running the attendance...