Oaks Brings Tens Of Thousands To Churchill Downs

Thousands of racing fans flooded Churchill downs on Friday to enjoy a day of racing before the Run for the Roses.

Oaks Day has gotten wildly popular over the years. Attendance for Friday's races usually comes in at around 100,000. Sometimes the Oaks attracts more people than the Preakness Stakes or the Belmont Stakes.

The featured race features only three-year-old fillies and is a mile and an eighth in length. The winner of the race wears a blanket of lilies.

The first running of the Kentucky Oaks was on May 19, 1875.

Security was tight for racing fans on Friday and the same standards will be in place for the Derby on Saturday.

The following items aren't allowed in the gates at Churchill Downs:

• Bottles and cans (including ALL beverage and lotion containers - glass, plastic or metal - except for sunscreen in non-glass containers)
• Coolers
• Grills
• Alcoholic Beverages
• Thermoses
• Backpacks
• Luggage (includes briefcases)
• Duffel Bags
• Wagons
• Umbrellas
• Weapons (including knives)

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