LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Songbird's withdrawal from the Kentucky Oaks because of a fever leaves questions of what might have been for the filly who had won all seven starts.
On the other hand, her absence has created a realm of scenarios from an impressive group of contenders.
Rachel's Valentina is the 7-2 morning line favorite for Friday's marquee race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. She is seeking a signature win after back-to-back seconds to Songbird and Weep No More, who is chasing her fourth straight victory.
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Weep No More is the 9-2 second choice along with Cathryn Sophia, who ran third behind her and Rachel's Valentina in the Ashland on April 2 at Keeneland.
Post time for the 1 1/8-mile race featuring 14 horses is 5:49 p.m. EDT.