Kentucky Oaks 144 May 4, 2018 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Churchill Downs; Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.See more details
The Longines Kentucky Oaks is America’s premier and most lucrative race for 3-year old fillies – female horses - held each year on the day before the Kentucky Derby. This feature race is a $1 Million Grade 1 stakes race and awards the winning filly a garland of lilies, appropriately named “lilies for the fillies.” Like the Kentucky Derby, the Longines Kentucky Oaks race is one of the longest continually held sporting events in American history, and one of the only horse races to take place at the original site of its inception.
Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs is the fourth highest attended horse race in the United States – following the Triple Crown of racing; the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes
2,000 Guineas May 5, 2018 Newmarket, UKSee more details
The first of the five English Classics during the Flat season. The Group 1 race is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies and is run over one mile on turf. In theory it is the first leg of the Triple Crown, along with the Derby and the St Leger, but the feat of winning all three has rarely been attempted in recent years. First run in 1809, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Churchill triumphed last year.
Kentucky Derby May 5, 2018 9:30 am - 7:30 pm Churchill DownsSee more details
The highly prized US classic is known variously as "The Most exciting Two Minutes In Sports", "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Run for the Roses" on account of the winner receiving a blanket of flowers. The race has been run every year since 1875 and is the first leg of the US "Triple Crown" along with the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The post time for the main race is 6:34 p.m. E.T. The races will be broadcast on NBC from 2:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. ET.
1,000 Guineas May 6, 2018 Newmarket, UKSee more details
The mile Classic for three-year-old fillies over turf, also held on Newmarket's straight Rowley Mile. It was first staged in 1814.O'Brien's Winter won in 2017.