Six months after flopping as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Bellafina returns to the scene of her worst career defeat on Friday as the favorite in another signature race, the 2019 Kentucky Oaks. In November, the Simon Callaghan trainee finished a well beaten fourth as the 9-5 favorite in the Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs. Since then, Bellafina has won three straight races by nearly 15 lengths combined. On Monday, she drew post No. 4 in the 14-horse field and was installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the latest 2019 Kentucky Oaks odds. Post time for the race is 6:12 p.m. ET. With Bellafina's lone start at Churchill Downs being a dud, you'll want to hear what Sports Talk Making Horse Sense. Gary Glennon, has to say before making any 2019 Kentucky Oaks picks of your own.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling is riding an impressive handicapping hot streak. In the last month, he hit the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes, winning $408.38 on a $38.40 investment, and also won the exacta and trifecta in the Blue Grass Stakes and Wood Memorial on the same day.
Those picks continued Demling's astonishing start to 2019, in which he also nailed the superfecta at the prestigious Pegasus World Cup -- a $678 payout on a $1 bet -- and the superfecta at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.
Plus, he's hit nine of the last 10 Oaks-Derby doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he's held a ticket with the winners of both high-profile Churchill Downs races all but once in the last decade. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Demling has analyzed the 2019 Kentucky Oaks field and released where he believes every horse will finish.