(Jockey John Velazquez guides Malathaat into the winner’s circle after winning the 147th Kentucky Oaks / Coady Photography)

(Malathaat in the post parade before the KY Oaks / Coady Photography)

(Jockey John Velazquez dismounted in the infield was less than graceful / Coady Photography)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:


JOHN VELAZQUEZ, jockey of Malathaat (First) – “She didn’t get away the best, but I got a spot with her. She was running well and when I turned for home I had a target (Search Results) to send her after. We got up next to her and my filly went by. Then she waited a bit; she does that. The other filly came back but I could tell I was still in control. I never thought I was going to do anything but win.”

 IRAD ORTIZ JR., jockey of Search Results (Second) – “We had a perfect trip sitting just to the outside of the pace, we just got beat today. She ran a really solid effort and fought hard down the stretch.”

JON COURT, jockey of Will’s Secret (Third) – “I sat a great trip just behind the leaders and she tried hard. She really ran a good race.”

 TYLER GAFFALIONE, jockey of Clairiere (Fourth) – “She relaxed well up the backside and we tried to find a way through at the top of the stretch but she wasn’t quite able to get there.”

 FLORENT GEROUX, jockey of Travel Column (Fifth) – “She broke fast from the gate and we got her into a forward position around the turn. We went a good tempo up the backside but she wasn’t able to hold on in the stretch.”

JOEL ROSARIO, jockey of Millefeuille (Sixth) – “We broke way to the outside but we ended up getting into a good spot into the first turn and onto the backside. She just got a little tired.”

KENDRICK CARMOUCHE, jockey of Maracuja (Seventh) – “She just broke a step slow out of the gate and we didn’t get into a good spot early. She traveled well but she was in a tough spot from the break.”

RICARDO SANTANA JR., jockey of Pauline’s Pearl (Eighth) – “We sat just behind (Travel Column) and at the quarter pole we had a good spot to the inside to come through but she wasn’t able to keep up with the winner.”

LUIS SAEZ, jockey of Coach (Ninth) – “She just didn’t fire today. ”

JOSE ORITZ, jockey of Crazy Beautiful (10th) – “We made a move up the backside and around the far turn but flattened out.”

 FLAVIEN PRAT, jockey of Moraz (11th) – “She was traveling well but just got tired. ”

JAVIER CASTELLANO, jockey of Pass the Champagne (12th) – “She felt good but just didn’t have it today.”

 CHRIS LANDEROS, jockey of Competitive Speed (13th) – “We broke pretty well but when we got out paced I took care of her down the lane.”