Kentucky Oaks 2022 Odds

The Kentucky Oaks takes place the Friday before the Kentucky Derby and for 2022 is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 6. This is America's premier race for 3-year-old fillies.

Todd Pletcher trained 2021 winner Malathaat who was ridden by John Velazquez. The daughter of Curlin went into the race undefeated and proved her quality by beating out Search Results and Will's Secret. She paid out $7 for the win.

Our 2022 coverage will pick up later in 2021 and early 2022 when we start seeing which three-year-olds are looking good to take on the Kentucky Oaks challenge.

You can check out our profiles for every horse in the 2021 race along with all our coverage for the under card races further down the page.

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The team's selections for the race appear below.

Race Details

When:   April 30, 2021

Where:  Churchill Downs (Louisville, KY)

Purse:  $1,250,000

Race Distance: 1 1/8 mile

Graded Stakes: Grade I

History:  The Kentucky Oaks traditionally takes place the Friday before the Kentucky Derby and is open to fillies. Like the Derby, horses qualify for the race via a series of prep races which give out a variety of points. The top 14 fillies are then offered the chance to start the race. The Oaks is often called colloquially the ‘Lillies for the Fillies’ and the winner is presented with a Silver Kentucky Oaks Trophy.

The first race took place in 1875 and was initially called the Louisville Jockey Club. Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr. founded the race just like he did with the Kentucky Derby. He modeled the race after the Epsom Oaks, which is a race in Great Britain and has been run since 1779.

When it comes to race distances, the Kentucky Oaks has been run at four different lengths with the longest being one and a half miles and the shortest being one mile and a sixteenth. The current race distance is one mile and an eighth, which it has been constantly since 1982.

The biggest priced winner for the race was Lemons Forever who came home as a 47/1 shot in 2006 and Rachel Alexander holds the record for the biggest winning distance, having romped home by 20 and a quarter lengths in 2009. Serengeti Empress won the race in 2019 for Tom Amoss.

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