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Last updated: May 6, 2023 at 11:55 p.m. EDT

What is the Kentucky Oaks?

The $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks is a premiere race for Thoroughbred three-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs, the female counterpart to the Kentucky Derby. The 1 1/8-mile event is offered the Friday before the Kentucky Derby, which takes place on the first Saturday in May every year.

The 149th running of the Kentucky Oaks is Friday, May 5th, 2023. The Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are the longest continuously held sporting events in America, originating in 1875.

Kentucky Oaks attendance reached 100,000 for the first time in 1999 (101,034) and 113,071 people filled the stands at the Louisville, Kentucky track despite cold and cloudy conditions in 2014. The Oaks is frequently the second-most attended event in Thoroughbred racing behind the Kentucky Derby.

Since 1999, Churchill Downs has partnered with various organizations and causes, such as non-profit organizations focusing upon prevention and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer. Kentucky Oaks Day is a “Pink Out,” with patrons encouraged to wear pink attire, and special pink cocktails are sold.

fashion contest and Survivors’ Parade also benefit cancer survivors on Oaks Day.

Known as the Run for the Lillies, the Oaks features an impressive roster of past winners — champions such as Rachel Alexandra, Untapable, Blind Luck, Proud Spell, Rags to Riches and Ashado have proved successful in the last decade – and a stakes-packed program filled with wagering opportunities await horse players on the undercard.

In 2023, the seven stakes races to be run on Oaks Day boast a total purse of $4.2 million:

  • $1,250,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1)
  • $750,000 La Troienne (G1)
  • $600,000 Alysheba (G2)
  • $500,000 Eight Belles (G2)
  • $500,000 Edgewood (G2)
  • $300,000 Modesty (G3)
  • $300,000 Unbridled Sidney (Listed)

2023 Kentucky Oaks Results

14Pretty MischievousTyler Gaffalione / Brendan P. Walsh$22.74 / $10.10 / $7.40
3Gambling GirlIrad Ortiz, Jr. / Todd A. Pletcher$12.84 / $8.36
2The Alys LookJavier Castellano / Brad H. Cox$13.80
7Wet PaintFlavien Prat / Brad H. Cox
12Dorth VaderLuis Saez / Michael Yates
10Flying ConnectionFlorent Geroux / Todd W. Fincher
11Defining PurposeBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Kenneth G. McPeek
1Mimi KakushiMickael Barzalona / Salem Bin Ghadayer
5Wonder WheelJoel Rosario / Mark E. Casse
4SouthlawnReylu Gutierrez / Norm W. Casse
13Affirmative LadyJohn R. Velazquez / H. Graham Motion
9And Tell Me NoliesRamon A. Vazquez / Peter Miller
6BotanicalChris Landeros / Brad H. Cox
8Promiseher AmericaJorge A. Vargas, Jr. / Raymond Handal

2023 Kentucky Oaks Morning Line Odds

PostHorseJockeyM/L ODDS
1Mimi KakushiMickael Barzalona20-1
2The Alys LookJavier Castellano15-1
3Gambling GirlIrad Ortiz Jr.15-1
4SouthlawnReylu Gutierrez8-1
5Wonder WheelJoel Rosario12-1
6BotanicalChris Landeros4-1
7Wet PaintFlavien Prat5-2
8Promiseher AmericaJorge Vargas Jr.30-2
9And Tell Me NoliesRamon Vazquez15-1
10Flying ConnectionFlorent Geroux15-1
11Defining PurposeBrian Hernandez Jr.12-2
12Dorth VaderLuis Saez20-1
13Affirmative LadyJohn Velazquez10-1
14Pretty MischievousTyler Gaffalione10-1
AE-15TaxedRafael Bejarano20-1
AE-16Julia ShiningLuis Saez15-1
AE-17Hoosier PhillyEdgar Morales30-1

The 2023 Kentucky Oaks Contenders List

Below is a current leaderboard showing contenders for the 2023 Kentucky Oaks who have earned qualification points via prep races:

PointsHorseNon-Restricted Stakes EarningsRTKO Races Won
170Wet Paint$652,600Martha Washington, Honeybee, Fantasy
110Affirmative Lady$212,350Gulfstream Park Oaks
107Defining Purpose$488,593Ashland
103Pretty Mischievous$359,350Untapable, Rachel Alexandra
100Southlawn$242,464Fair Grounds Oaks
100Promiseher America$137,500Gazelle
70And Tell Me Nolies$420,000Chandelier
70Botanical$268,560Cincinnati Trophy, Bourbonette Oaks
70Dorth Vader$214,405Davona Dale
61Gambling Girl$133,200
54The Alys Look$151,000Silverbulletday
50Flying Connection$275,900Sunland Park Oaks
50Mimi Kakushi$180,186
48Wonder Wheel$1,501,265Alcibiades, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
46Julia Shining$206,000Demoiselle
45Hoosier Philly$409,610Golden Rod

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