Success - once again - for Churchill Downs for Oaks Day!
A historical 139th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack on Friday, May 3, concluded with record all-sources wagering on the Oaks race and the Oaks Day race card, record on-track wagering for the Oaks race, as well as the second-highest attendance record of 113,820 and a long-shot victory by Princess of Sylmar to win America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies. The highest Kentucky Oaks attendance record of 116,046 was established in 2010.
Wagering from all-sources on the full 12-race Kentucky Oaks Day race card totaled a record $45.8 million, an increase of 14.7 percent from the 2012 total of $39.9 million. Record all-sources wagering on the Kentucky Oaks race rose 21.4 percent to $14.4 million. On-track wagering on the Oaks Day race card increased 4.7 percent to a near-record $12.2 million, just $34,000 short of the established record in 2007. Record on-track wagering on the Oaks race increased 19.2 percent to $3.1 million.
Ken McPeek said his Kentucky Oaks starter, Pure Fun, will be sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with what he described as “an ankle issue” following the filly’s sixth-place finish Friday in the filly classic at Churchill Downs.
At 3, Pure Fun has not returned to the form that carried her to victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet in December.
“It’s nothing major, and we’re still trying to determine whether it’ll require surgery or not,” McPeek said earlier this week.