Race fans turn Churchill Downs pink for Kentucky Oaks Day

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Oaks day was about more than just the race. Many race fans showed up sporting the color pink.

The official color of the Kentucky Oaks is pink in celebration of all the ladies. The Pink Out encourages all Oaks attendees to wear pink or incorporate pink into their attire to show their support for cancer survivors. Churchill Downs is decked out in pink as well, including pink-colored bunting, flower beds, flags and jockeys' and pony riders' apparel. Churchill Downs bugler Steve Buttleman sported a pink uniform as he calls horses to the post throughout Kentucky Oaks Day.

Before Friday's race, 139 survivors walked the track in honor of the pink out.

Churchill Downs held the first Pink Out in 2009. It's been an Oaks Day tradition ever since.

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