2024 Kentucky Oaks
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Last updated: November 22, 2023 at 11:45 a.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 150th running of the Kentucky Oaks is Friday, May 3rd, 2024. 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.
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 run on Oaks Day boasted 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)
The 2024 Kentucky Oaks Contenders List
Below is a current leaderboard showing contenders for the 2024 Kentucky Oaks who have earned qualification points via prep races:
|Points||Horse||Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings||RTKO Races Won|
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Frizette
V V's Dream
Rags to Riches
Showing 1 to 10 of 22 entries
2023 Kentucky Oaks Results
|POST||HORSE||JOCKEY / TRAINER||WIN / PLACE / SHOW|
Tyler Gaffalione / Brendan P. Walsh
$22.74 / $10.10 / $7.40
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Todd A. Pletcher
$12.84 / $8.36
The Alys Look
Javier Castellano / Brad H. Cox
Flavien Prat / Brad H. Cox
Luis Saez / Michael Yates
Florent Geroux / Todd W. Fincher
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Kenneth G. McPeek
Mickael Barzalona / Salem Bin Ghadayer
Joel Rosario / Mark E. Casse
Reylu Gutierrez / Norm W. Casse
Showing 1 to 10 of 14 entries
2023 Kentucky Oaks Morning Line Odds
The Alys Look
Irad Ortiz Jr.
Jorge Vargas Jr.
And Tell Me Nolies
Brian Hernandez Jr.