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Taking place at the historic Churchill Downs, The Kentucky Oaks is a Grade I stakes race. The 1 1/8 mile race features three-year-old thoroughbred fillies and is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky. The horse race is one of the hottest tickets in all of sports. Held on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby each year, the winner is awarded with a $600,000 purse. Alongside this, the winner takes home a silver Kentucky Oaks trophy and the coveted "Lillies for the Fillies."
The Kentucky Oaks hails back to 1875 when J. Houston won the race which was then 1 ½ miles long. He rode the filly Vinaigrette to secure the win, coming in at a time of 2:39.75. The race was held at Churchill Downs, which was known as the Louisville Jockey Club at the time. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. the grandson of famous explorer William Clark. He also founded the Kentucky Derby, the Clark Handicap, and the Falls City Handicap. The Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby are the oldest continuously contested sporting events in history. They are also the only horse races to be held at their original site since its conception. Recently Anna Rose "Rosie" Napravnik won the race riding Believe You Can in 2012 becoming the first female jockey to ever take home a win at The Kentucky Oaks.
The Kentucky Oaks is one of the most popular races in American Horse racing thanks to its high attendance rating. The race brings in approximately 100,000 people in attendance a year since 2001. The only two races in the continent that tend to see more spectators are The Kentucky Derby and The Preakness Stakes. Alongside the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, and the Acorn Stakes, the Kentucky Oaks serves as one third of the Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, aka the "Filly Triple Crown.