About the Races
The trumpeter sounds the “Call to Post”, eyes shift to the starting gate, the announcer readies the contenders …and they’re off! The gates release a thundering stampede of hooves; the stands come alive with a gargantuan roar and a sea of waving tickets and fists surge to the air... who will be victorious?
Churchill Downs invites you to THINK PINK when planning your attire for the 143rd Kentucky Oaks, on Friday, May 5th, in honor of the Oaks official flower - the stargazer lily - and in support of Churchill Downs’ official partnerships with Bright Pink and Horses & Hope.
The race currently covers 1 1/8 miles and the winner of the Kentucky Oaks is presented with a Garland of Lilies draped around the filly's withers.
The Kentucky Oaks® is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies staged annually at Churchill Downs® on the day preceding the Kentucky Derby®.
Churchill Downs has partnered with Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Bright Pink's innovative programs equip, educate, and empower young women to be proactive by reducing their risk or detecting these diseases at early, non life-threatening stages.
"The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" as its fondly known, The Kentucky Derby® covers 1 1/4 miles with a $2 million guaranteed purse!
Held every year on the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby® is the longest continuously running event in the U.S., and is the first leg of racing's Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky at the Churchill Downs race track.
The race record of one minute 59.40 seconds was set by Secretariat in 1973.
Fillies can run in the Kentucky Derby, but have to earn their way into the field by accumulating points against open company just like the rest of the colts and geldings and be nominated to the Triple Crown.
Explore the rich past and traditions of the Kentucky Derby® and Oaks® races.
Learn how the Kentucky Oaks® & Kentucky Derby® field is ultimately selected.
Race schedules, post times, and post positions for the Kentucky Derby® & Oaks® races.