139th Annual Kentucky Oaks May 3rd
The 139th Annual Fillies Run for the Lillies at the Kentucky Oaks will be held on the traditional Friday prior to the Kentucky Derby, which falls on May 3rd this year. The gates open at 8:00 a.m. with the first race starting at 10:30 a.m. and the last at 5:45 p.m. However, this year's event will feature a lot more than just a renowned thoroughbred race.
Back in May 1875 when Churchill Downs was known as the Louisville Jockey Club, the very first Kentucky Oaks made its debut founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. The original concept design for what has become a famed event was modeled after the British Epsom Oaks, which still exists today. Now the Kentucky Oaks takes its place alongside the Kentucky Derby as the longest consistently running sports event in US history and also holds the title for the only horse racing event still held on its original site.
The Kentucky Oaks attracts a physical audience of around 100,000 each year, not including television viewers, and this year will have several special events. Pink will be popular with "Longine's Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest" as 139 cancer survivors stride proudly around the track for the "139th Survivor's Parade", which made its debut in 2010.
Horse race lovers won’t want to miss the 139th Kentucky Oaks on May 3rd at Louisville's Churchill Downs. The fillies featured in the 2013 Oaks will be:
Beholder, Rose to Gold, Unlimited Budget, Dreaming of Julia, Close Hatches, Flashy Gray, Princess of Sylmar, Midnight Lucky, Silsita, Seaneen Girl and Pure Fun.
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