Race Events > Kentucky Oaks
The $1 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 147th running of the Kentucky Oaks is Friday, April 30, 2021. 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 2014, Oaks handle totaled $14.02 million and $43.14 million was wagered on the entire program.
The 2021 Kentucky Oaks Contenders List
Below is a current leaderboard showing contenders for the 2021 Kentucky Oaks who have earned qualification points via prep races:
|Points||Horse||Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings|
|40||Pass the Champagne||$80,000|
|30||The Grass Is Blue||$110,278|