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Kentucky Oaks Information

The Kentucky Oaks is an American Grade I stakes race that is held for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. It is staged annually in Louisville, Kentucky. The race covers 1 1/8 miles, around 1,800 meters at Churchill Downs, and the horses carry around 121 pounds. The event is held the Friday before the Kentucky Derby every year. The winner of the Kentucky Oaks gets around $750,000 of the $1,250,000 purse. Also, a silver Kentucky Oaks Trophy is awarded to the winner.

The Kentucky Oaks ran for the first time on May 19, 1875. It was when Churchill Downs was known as the Louisville Jockey Club. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. founded it along with Falls City Handicap, the Clark Handicap, and the Kentucky Derby. Oaks and Derby are also recognized as the oldest supporting events that have been held continuously in American history.

The Kentucky Oaks is considered among the most popular horse races in American horse-racing society by some due to its high attendance every year. Since 2001, the race has attracted about 100,000 people in attendance each year. The attendance hit 50,000 people in 1980, and in 1989, it had reached around 67,000. Some jockeys who have won the Kentucky Oaks include Florent Geroux, Mike E. Smith, Kerwin Clark, Rosie Napravnik, Calvin Borel, Gabriel Saez, Mark Guidry, John Velazquez, Edgar Prado, Chris McCarron, and Jerry Bailey.

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