Kentucky Oaks 148 / Museum Closed

Kentucky Oaks 148 / Museum Closed

In most sports, boys and girls play separately, but in horse racing the girls often run in the same races as the boys. At Churchill Downs there is a special race for fillies only, which draws the second largest crowd to a race event each year.

The Kentucky Oaks is a race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies, or female horses. The fillies race the day before Derby and the winner is presented with a garland of Stargazer Lilies. The winning horse's name is engraved on a trophy, and the owners receive a smaller version of that trophy, as well as a set of 12 sterling silver julep cups.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is open to the public Monday through Wednesday of Derby Week and closed on Thurby, Oaks and Derby Day for private events.