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Friday picks at Churchill Downs

Updated: May 4, 2006, 3:03 PM ET
By Ed McNamara | Special to ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE -- It's not Derby Day, but it's pretty close. Only 24 hours before America's Race, Churchill Downs stages the first classic of the season for the 3-year-old fillies, the Grade I, $500,000 Kentucky Oaks. Oaks Day is called "Louisville's Day at the Races," when the locals can make the scene at a marquee event without being gouged for the obscene prices charged on the first Saturday in May.

Like the Kentucky Derby, the Oaks was modeled after an English classic, the Epsom Oaks, and ...

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