Kentucky Oaks Horses

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Shedaresthedevil wins the Kentucky Oaks! The next race will take place on April 30, 2021.

The top fillies in the world make up the field of Kentucky Oaks. This race takes place annually on the day before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Past Winners of the Kentucky Oaks

Here are the winners of the ten previous Kentucky Oaks:

2020ShedaresthedevilBrad CoxFlorent Geroux
2019Serengeti EmpressTom AmossJose Ortiz
2018Monomoy GirlBrad CoxFlorent Geroux
2017Abel TasmanBob BaffertMike Smith
2016Cathryn SophiaJohn C. ServisJavier Castellano
2015Lovely MariaJ. Larry JonesKerwin D. Clark
2014UntapableSteven M. AsmussenRosie Napravnik
2013Princess of SylmarTodd PletcherMike Smith
2012Believe You CanJ. Larry JonesRosie Napavnik
2011Plum PrettyBob BaffertMartin Garcia
2010Blind LuckJerry HollendorferRafael Bejarano

The Road to the Kentucky Oaks

The Kentucky Oaks entries are determined by a point system known as “The Road to the Kentucky Oaks.” Horses must compete in a number of races in order to qualify to be in the field. This is similar to The Road to the Kentucky Derby.

Because of the delay in the schedule, there have been qualifying races this summer. These races that determine the Kentucky Oaks lineup take place across the country at some of the top horse racetracks such as Keeneland, Belmont Park, Santa Anita Park, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, and more.

Depending on the race, these horses get a certain amount of points for top finishes. These qualifying races began late last year, but the points were low. For these contests, the winner only came away with 10 points, place was 4, show was 2, and 4th place was 1.

Once Spring began, the races began to become more important. For example, Swiss Skydiver received 100 points for her first-place finish in the Santa Anita Oaks. Place received 40 points, show got 20 points, and 4thwith 10 points.

The finishes and performances in these races determine experts’ Kentucky Oaks predictions.

Kentucky Oaks History

The Kentucky Oaks is held on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the most legendary racetrack in the country. Along with the Kentucky Derby, the Oaks was also founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.

The Kentucky Oaks was first run in 1875 when Churchill Downs was known as the Louisville Jockey Club. It has been running ever since, making the Oaks and Derby the oldest continuously contested sporting events in history.

Since the race features a field of fillies, it is a day of pink at the historic racetrack in Louisville. There are fans in their best pink outfits that support breast and ovarian cancer survivors.

The weekend is filled with signature cocktails, and the Oaks is no exception. In 2006 the Oaks Lily was named the official cocktail of the Kentucky Oaks.

Just as the Derby, Kentucky Oaks betting is analyzed for weeks before the event.

The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown, usually followed by the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. It is most often referred to as “The Run for the Roses” since the winner is draped in a garland of roses after the race.

“The most exciting two minutes in sports” is the most anticipated horse race of the year. Over 150,000 fans pack into Churchill Downs to watch the top thoroughbreds in the world.

The race is usually held the first Saturday in May and has a rich history in Louisville, Kentucky.

The first race was held on May 17th, 1875. Around 10,000 people attended the event, and since then, has blossomed into what it is today. Some of the top trainers and jockeys in the world have created a name for themselves in this historic race. Some Kentucky Derby horses, such as Secretariat, have become a household name for sports fans.

Fans will again be watching this year, but instead in the Fall. They will be placing bets and raising the signature Mint Julep cocktail as the most popular horse race in the world continues its rich history.