The139th Running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks attracts record all-sources wagering

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.


 “We had a beautiful spring day at Churchill Downs Racetrack for the 139th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks. Since last year, we have made several improvements to the historic racetrack, which resulted in dramatic new experiences.  From the renovated paddock plaza, to the new paddock plaza balcony, to the additional seating at the first turn, to the luxurious Mansion, the Longines Kentucky Oaks was spectacular,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Our congratulations to the connections of our new Kentucky Oaks champion Princess of Sylmar and to all of the horse owners, trainers and jockeys who participated in today’s very competitive racing program.”

“The Kentucky Oaks racing program now routinely ranks among the top for total wagering and attendance for Thoroughbred racing in the United States each year. Fans here on the track and around the world showed their support for the quality racing product our horsemen and racing office assembled by wagering a record $45.8 million on the Kentucky Oaks race card. We now look forward to what we hope will be a memorable Kentucky Derby 139 tomorrow at Churchill Downs,” said Flanery.


The 2013 Longines Kentucky Oaks, viewed by a national television audience on the NBC Sports Network, continued a five-year fundraising partnership with Horses and Hope, a breast cancer outreach program in Kentucky’s horse industry championed by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear. 

Over the last five years, the Kentucky Oaks has raised nearly $600,000 for cancer-related charities. Churchill Downs will donate $1 from each Friday sale of the Oaks Lily, the official drink of the Kentucky Oaks, to Horses and Hope. 

The Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade sponsored by Kroger showcased 139 cancer survivors and their co-survivors who marched along Churchill Downs’ main track forming a sea of pink before the Oaks fillies took to the course.


Princess of Sylmar, owned and bred by Ed Stanco’s King of Prussia Stable closed from ninth in the field of 10 3-year-old fillies edge reigning 2-year-old filly champion Beholder by a half-length at odds of 38-1.  She was ridden by Mike Smith, who scored his first victory in the race, and trained by Todd Pletcher, who won the Kentucky Oaks for the third time and also saddled the race’s third and fourth place finishers, Unlimited Budget and Dreaming of Julia.  A daughter of Majestic Warrior bred in Pennsylvania, Princess of Sylmar returned $79.60 for a $2 win wager.

The winner covered 1 1/8 miles over a fast track 1:48.17 and won for the fifth time in seven career races.  The winner’s purse of $589,000 increased Princess of Sylmar’s career earnings to $827,220.


Horses and Hope is a breast cancer initiative of the Office of the First Lady and the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP). The goal is to work with the state’s equine industry to identify new opportunities to provide breast cancer awareness, education, early detection through screening and treatment referral, as well as to raise funds to sustain programs into the future.

The project will initially focus on Kentucky’s four thoroughbred race tracks to provide education and outreach for race fans and track workers and will be expanded to include other Kentucky equestrian venues into the future.


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