The Longines Kentucky Oaks, a $1 Million Grade 1 stakes race, for 3-year old fillies is held at Church Hill Downs each year on the day before the Kentucky Derby, this year the race will run on Friday May 4. The race covers 1 1⁄8 miles on the dirt, the assign racing weight is 121 pounds. The winning filly is awarded $600,000 plus a garland of lilies, appropriately named “Lilies for the Fillies.” A silver Kentucky Oaks Trophy is presented to the winner owner.
The first running of the Kentucky Oaks was on May 19, 1875 when Churchill Downs was known as the Louisville Jockey Club. The race was founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. along with the Kentucky Derby, the Clark Handicap, and the Falls City Handicap. The Longines Kentucky Oaks race is one of the longest continually held sporting events in American history.
Rosie Napravnik, only female to win The Kentucky Oaks twice, rode Believe You Can to victory in 2012 and then repeated that winning riding performance in 2014 with Untapable.
|2017||Able Tasman||China Horse Club|
|2016||Cathryn Sophia||Cash is King Stable|
|2015||Lovely Maria||Bretton Jones|