Todd Pletcher's 38-1 long shot Princess of Sylmar won the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on Friday, giving the trainer a chance to become the first since Ben Jones in 1952 to win the top race for 3-year-old fillies and the Kentucky Derby in the same year.
Pletcher, who has five horses entered in the Derby, had four in the Oaks. Dreaming of Julia was the favorite but could not recover from a rowdy start to the race.
"She got creamed coming out of [the gate] and it is hard to overcome that sort of thing," Pletcher said.
Jockey Mike Smith helped the Pennsylvania-bred Princess of Sylmar avoid the traffic. He could also achieve the Derby-Oaks double, as he rides Pletcher's Palace Malice on Saturday.
Princess of Sylmar returned $79.60 on a $2 bet, the second highest return in Oaks history.