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Thorpedo Anna leaves competition in the mud at Kentucky Oaks

A horse named Thorpedo Anna wins the Kentucky Oaks race.
Justin Hicks
Thorpedo Anna, ridden by jockey Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr., won the 2024 Kentucky Oaks horse race with a commanding lead.

Thorpedo Anna was the winning horse in a muddy Oaks race Friday at Churchill Downs.

Out of a field of over a dozen three-year-old fillies on a soaking wet track, Thorpedo Anna and jockey Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr. won the lion’s share of a $1.5 million purse at the Kentucky Oaks. They were followed distantly by Just F Y I in second and Regulatory Risk in third.

After the race, Hernandez said Thropedo Anna’s victory was made possible through a lot of trust between him and trainer Kenny McPeek.

“It’s just been a great relationship and I’ve been fortunate enough to fall into a great spot,” Hernandez said.

Thorpedo Anna won easily, pulling away from contenders in the final straightaway leading to the finish line.

McPeek said he was confident as they prepared for the Oaks, since he didn’t see any other horse with a time that came close to theirs.

“For those that don’t know, I have been quoted repeatedly all week, 'They better bring a bear because I’ve got a grizzly,'” he said.

The trainer and jockey combination also have a horse in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, named Mystik Dan. As to whether they could pull off another big win, McPeek said “count on it.”

Justin is LPM's Data Reporter. Email Justin at jhicks@lpm.org.

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