On Thursday, March 3rd, Churchill Downs released the list of early nominations list for the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks to be run on May 6th. When reviewing the list, nearly every 3-year-old filly of with any level of racing accomplishment of note is included on the list totaling 117 horses.
Awesome Feather, who is the undefeated 2 year-old divisional champ, headlines the group which also includes such major stakes winners Kathmanblu, R Heat Lightningt, AZ Warrior, and Turbulent Descent. The Oaks is run at a distance of 1 1/8-miles and it the feature of six stakes scheduled for the May 6th program at Churchill Downs, with total purses of over $2 million up for grabs. Earlier this year, Churchill Downs announced that they had increased the purse for the Kentucky Oaks from its traditional $500,000 level to $1 million.
For any horses not included on the list, supplemental late nominations to the Kentucky Oaks can be made for a $50,000 fee. The starting gate field is limited to a maximum of fourteen fillies.
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