Kentucky Oaks News and Updates
Officially coined Longines Kentucky Oaks, the first thoroughbred filly (three year-old female) horse race at Churchill Downs was held on May 19, 1875. The Oaks was founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., alongside the Kentucky Derby
, and together, they make up the oldest continuously contested sporting event in the country. Because of its rich history and prestige, Kentucky Oaks is one of the most popular races to attend, drawing over 100,000 people to Louisville each year.
For its 140th edition, as per tradition, Kentucky Oaks will take place on May 2, the Friday before the Kentucky Derby. The Oaks is viewed as a primer to the esteemed race, so tickets are always in demand, but largely cheaper than the first event of the Triple Crown. The minimum price of admission for Kentucky Oaks tickets is $39 (infield general admission), and shoot up to $5975 for a "Mansion" suite. Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Combination tickets for both events start at $425 for 1st Floor Grandstand seats.
The Kentucky Oaks is not only special because it occurs right before the biggest horse race of the year, but it's also the most fun event before the Run for the Roses. Thousands of women come out to Louisville decked out in iconic hats and dresses to partake in the Longines Oaks Fashion Contest, as well as the Survivors Parade, a "parade of pink" that occurs around Churchill Downs that features 139 cancer survivors. Sip on your Mint Julep and see who will take home the iconic "Lilies for the Fillies" garland and silver trophy when you buy Kentucky Oaks tickets today!