Friday, May 1, 2009

The Kentucky Oaks

Despite the threat of rain early in the day, the 135th Kentucky Oaks attracted the fourth largest crowd in the history of the race that was first run in 1875. The event has attracted more than 100,000 fans in 10 of the past 11 years, topped by the crowd of 111,243 that attended the race in 2005.

RACHEL ALEXANDRA continued her domination of the three-year-old filly ranks with a deceptively easy victory in Friday's $554,500 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, pulling clear by 20 1/4 lengths on the line. The margin of victory is believed to be an Oaks record. Available records date to 1916 and the largest previous victory margin was 10 lengths, a feat last achieved by Lite Light in 1991.

(Photos copyright Brisnet Editorial)

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