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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 148th running of the Kentucky Oaks is Friday, May 6th, 2022. 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 2014, Oaks handle totaled $14.02 million and $43.14 million was wagered on the entire program.

The 2022 Kentucky Oaks Contenders List

Last updated February 14th, 2022

Below is a current leaderboard showing contenders for the 2022 Kentucky Oaks who have earned qualification points via prep races:

PointsHorseNon-Restricted Stakes EarningsRTKO Races Won
60Secret Oath$131,707Martha Washington, Honeybee Stakes
50Turnerloose$500,700Rachel Alexandra Stakes
50Shahama$180,000UAE Oaks
30Echo Zulu$1,425,000Frizette, BC Juvenile Fillies
22Goddess of Fire$94,875
20Nest$215,000Demoiselle, Suncoast
20Ice Orchid$60,000
18Juju's Map$580,000Alcibiades
17Hidden Connection$289,525Pocahontas
14Yuugiri$148,050
14Awake at Midnyte$90,000
13Magic Circle$139,000Busanda
10Dream Lith$261,455Golden Rod
10Ain't Easy$120,000Chandelier
10Girl With a Dream$110,260Forward Gal
10North Country$63,000Untapable
8Fannie and Freddie$20,000
5Free Like a Girl$15,000
4Cairo Memories$190,000
4Gerrymander$162,500
4Optionality$130,000
4Distinctlypossible$80,000
4Venti Valentine$50,000
4Queen of Thorns$40,000
4Morning Matcha$20,000
4Radio Days$19,600
3Desert Dawn$82,000
2Sandstone$166,525
2Sequist$118,000
2A Mo Reay$48,000
2Miss Mattie B$30,000
2Miss Everything$24,000
2Como Square$20,000
2Bernabreezy$15,000
2Reigning Chick$12,000
2Blamethechampagne$10,000
2Cocktail Moments$10,000
1Diamond Wow$91,400
1Shotgun Hottie$59,000
1Nostalgic$16,000
1Candy Raid$9,000

*Censorship (4th in the Chandelier), Eda (1st in the Starlet), Under the Stars (1st in the Santa Ynez), and Adare Manor (1st in the Las Virgenes) did not receive any qualification points due to trainer Bob Baffert’s suspension by Churchill Downs Inc. through 2023.

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