The Kentucky Oaks is a Grade I Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old fillies, staged annually in Louisville, Kentucky. The race currently covers 1 1/8 miles (1811 metres) at Churchill Downs; carry 121 pounds (55 kg).
The Kentucky Oaks dates back to the earliest days of Churchill Downs, which was known as the Louisville Jockey Club when it conducted its first race meet in 1875. Its first running was held Wednesday, May 19, 1875 as one of four stakes races developed by founder M. Lewis Clark for the track's inaugural meet. The others were the Kentucky Derby, the Clark Handicap and the Falls City Handicap. The Kentucky Oaks is renewed each year on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby, but it is much more than a sister race to the famed "Run for the Roses."
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