Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo to honor winner of 135th Kentucky Oaks

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 01, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Lt. Gov. Mongiardo will carry on the tradition today of presenting the trophy to the winner of the Kentucky Oaks. This year’s Oaks race has a diverse and talented field of horses including several with deep Kentucky connections.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of such an important Kentucky event,” said Lt. Gov. Mongiardo. “The Oaks allows Kentucky to shine in the national spotlight and showcases for visitors from across the globe all that our state has to offer.”

The Kentucky Oaks is a 135-year-old tradition that has grown to become one of the most anticipated horseracing stakes in the nation. Held each year on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby, the Oaks is a celebrated mainstay for three-year old filly racing. This 1-1/8th mile course draws the second largest crowd of any horserace in the United States, being nudged out of first—only slightly—by the Derby itself.

The Kentucky Oaks comes on the heels of a weeklong celebration in honor of the Kentucky Derby, during which time people from across the state and nation come to experience the charms and splendors of the bluegrass state with balloon races, parades and concerts.