Restless Rider works, draws post 14 for Kentucky Oaks (G1)
Monday, April 29, 2019
Restless Rider at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2019 - Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire photo

Fern Circle Stables' and Three Chimneys Farm's Restless Rider turned in her final pre-Kentucky Oaks (G1) workout Monday morning at Churchill Downs, then a few hours later drew the far outside post 14 in Friday's $1.25 million, 1 1/8-mile contest.

Restless Rider has been a model of consistency, never finishing worse than second in seven career starts, including a very close second in the April 6th Ashland S. (G1) at Keeneland, her first start of 2019.

 “This next race is going to be an improved race off that first race of the year,” trainer Ken McPeek said following the filly's four-furlong work in :49.60. “She’s ready to do that.” 

In four races at Churchill Downs, Restless Rider won her debut then took the Debutante S. by nearly a dozen lengths, both during the Spring Meet. In the fall, she was second to eventual 2-year-old filly champion Jaywalk in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and then lost the Golden Rod S. (G2) by a nose before getting a break over the winter.

 “Fourteen? We were 14 with Daddy’s Little Darling,” McPeek said of his charge in the 2017 Oaks. However, that filly closed to finish second, 1¼ lengths behind Abel Tasman. 

Despite the less than ideal post, Restless Rider was made the 6-1 third choice by oddsmaker Mike Battaglia. She'll be ridden once again by Brian Hernandez, Jr., the only jockey she's ever had. 

Post time for the Oaks, race 11 on Friday, is 6:12 p.m. ET.
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