What is Kentucky Oak's Day?

You’ve most probably heard of the Kentucky Derby that takes place at the Churchill Downs by now but that’s not the only horse-racing event that takes place at that site!

Each year a day before the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks takes place at the Churchill Downs in Kentucky, U.S. This tradition has been continuing ever since the first Kentucky Oaks back in 1875. It is one of the top most-watched horse-racing event in the United States with people flying over from different states just to enjoy the show!

kentucky derby oaks day

So, what exactly is the Kentucky Oaks Day?

It is a 1.125-mile race for three-year-old female horses hosted at Churchill Downs every year. The winner of the race currently receives a wreath of lilies, a silver trophy and an enormous cash prize amounting to 0.6 million dollars! The stunning wreath of lilies is also commonly called “lilies for the fillies.”

lillies for the fillies oaks day

The Kentucky Oaks has been labeled as a Grade I stakes race by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The grading scale consists of four levels, with Grade I being the highest level. This means that the Kentucky Oaks qualifies to be one of the best horse-racing events of the year in the United States!

What makes the Kentucky Oaks so special is that it has been held at the exact same place every year since its inauguration. It currently attracts a crowd of over 100,000 people, with the figure still increasing every year!

It is an all-in-one event where fashion and sports intersect to give a beautiful mixture of stylish sports! You get to bet, enjoy the show, be inspired by the fashionable ladies around you and witness celebrity appearances!

ladies dressed up for Oaks day

So, what are you waiting for? Grab the tickets this year for next year’s Kentucky Oaks and indulge yourself in the most fashionable race you’ll get to witness!

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