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Countdown to the Kentucky Oaks
The Kentucky Oaks race is hosted annually in Louisville, Kentucky at Churchill Downs. The race dates back to 1875 when it was founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., who also founded the Kentucky Derby, the Clark Handicap, and the Falls City Handicap. This famous race was inaugurated on May 19, 1875, two days after the first running of the KY Derby. The Oaks and the Derby are the oldest sporting events in the United States. The KO was modeled after the British Epsom Oaks
In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Oaks was rescheduled from May 1 to September 4
This is a grade 1 Stakes Race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies staged annually in Louisville, Kentucky. The race currently covers 11⁄8 miles (1,800m) at Churchill Downs, the fillies carry 121 pounds (55kg). The KO is held on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby each year. The winner gets $ 750,000 of the $ 1,250,000 purse, and a large garland blanket of lilies, resulting in the nickname of “ Lillies for the Fillies” and a silver Oaks Trophy is given to the winner.
The Oaks race is considered by some to be among the most popular horse races in American horse-racing society due to its high attendance. It has attracted about 100,000 people in attendance each year since 2001’s 127th running of the Kentucky Oaks. The attendance at the Oaks ranks third in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness Stakes.
The Kentucky Oaks, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, and the Acorn Stakes are the counterparts to the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing held at Churchill Downs, Pimlico Race Course, and Belmont Park, respectively. “The Filly Triple Crown”.
This horse racing event is scheduled for May 6th, 2022 at the historic Churchill Downs race track.
Kentucky Oaks Past Winners
|2013||Princess of Sylmar|
|2012||Believe You Can|
Road to the Kentucky Oaks FAQ’S
The 2022 Kentucky Oaks is scheduled to run at Churchill Downs on May 06, 2022.
The post-time for the 2022 KO post on time is 5:50 p.m. Friday, May 6th, 2022 at Churchill Downs.
The Oaks is America’s premier and most lucrative race for 3-year old fillies – female horses.
This feature race is a $1.25 Million Grade 1 stakes race and awards the winning filly a garland of lilies.
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Malathaat. According to Churchill Downs, Malathaat was impressive in the 1 1/8-mile Demoiselle last fall, overcoming a sloppy track she didn’t relish to win by three-quarters of a length.
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