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My Flag has favorite's role in Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, KY. — LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Unlike the Kentucky Derby, today's $500,000 Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies drew a small field of six runners, including My Flag, last year's winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

My Flag has won her last two starts, including the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland two weeks ago. She is the 7-5 morning-line favorite of the Churchill oddsmaker, Mike Battaglia.

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"She's been doing well here, but this is a competitive race," her trainer, Shug McGaughey, said yesterday. "When they say the Kentucky Oaks and put up $500,000, they're not going to give it away."

My Flag will start the 1 1/8 -mile race from post No. 5. Her main competition figures to come from the Bill Mott-trained Escena, who finished second to My Flag in the Bonnie Miss Stakes at Gulfstream, then won by seven lengths in Oaklawn Park's Fantasy Stakes.

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Pub Date: 5/03/96


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