Malathaat outruns Search Results in stretch to win Kentucky Oaks

After Malathaat outdueled Search Results down the stretch to win the 147th Kentucky Oaks by a neck, runner-up jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. patted Malathaat’s jockey, John Velazquez, on the shoulder to congratulate him.

“We just got beat today,” Ortiz said. “She ran a really solid effort and fought hard down the stretch.”

Malathaat, the 5-2 favorite, edged Search Results by a neck after overtaking Travel Column entering the stretch in the $1.25 million race for 3-year-old fillies on Friday. The Oaks was back in its traditional spring spot at Churchill Downs the day before the Kentucky Derby; both races were delayed to Labor Day weekend last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Source: Associated Press – GARY B. GRAVES