Monday, February 27 2012

Early Nominations to $1 Million Kentucky Oaks, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Due Saturday,

LOUISVILLE, KY. (Friday, Feb. 24, 2012) - Churchill Downs racing officials remind owners and trainers that nominations to compete in the 138th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America's premier race for 3-year-old fillies, and the 26th running of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI), one of America's top races for older grass stars, will to close at 11:59 p.m. (all times Eastern) on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The 1 1/8-mile Oaks, which will offer its record $1 million purse for the second consecutive year, is scheduled for Friday, May 4. The race is renewed each year on the eve of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), America's greatest race. Both have been run annually without interruption since their debut during the first Churchill Downs race meet in May 1875.

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