The Kentucky Oaks is considered by some to be among the most popular horse races in American horse-racing society due to its high attendance. With a purse of 1 Million, this isn't just another race.
Believe it or not it's not just about horse racing, it's about the hat and if ya'll are planning on visiting for the Oaks - please be prepared, you can wear any color as long as it is PINK . Pink hats, dresses, shoes, for the ladies, and yes even Pink for the guys, Pink jackets, bow ties or fedoras are the rule. It is also neat to see how one race can make huge differences outside of horse racing and Kentucky. Churchill Downs contributes $1 for every Oaks attendee to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and $1 for every Oaks Lily® beverage sold to Horses and Hope. In 2010, Churchill Downs contributed more than $116,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and $30,000 to Horses and Hope.
Another wonderful tradition is the Garland of Lilies this is a handmade blanket of lilies crafted for the winning filly. Hence the name for the race Lilies for the Fillies.
The Star Gazer Lily was a perfect choice for the garland, chosen for its femininity and strength. An amazing 133 lilies are hand sewn onto a white moire fabric backing with a fleur-de-lis pattern. Folks in Louisville can view the lily garland at a local Kroger store the evening before the race.
Another component if you will is the Official drink of the "Oaks"
The Oaks Lily® ingredients include:
- 1 oz. Vodka
- 1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
- 3 oz. Cranberry Juice
- Splash of Triple Sec
I will post more as the week continues. But check out the web for the Kentucky Derby, the Oaks and Louisville.