Kentucky Oaks History The Kentucky Oaks, a Grade 1 stakes race, is run the Friday before the Kentucky Derby and is considered to be one of the premier events in racing that many people outside of Louisville, KY know about. The Kentucky Oaks covers 1â…› miles (1811 meters) and features the best three year old Thoroughbred fillies from around the world. The Kentucky Oaks which is considered by the local Louisville residents as "our day " is gaining in popularity. Kentucky Oaks tickets are becoming harder and harder to come by as it ranks second in attendance only behind The Derby. That's right, it beats out other triple crown races such as the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness Stakes in attendance. Kentucky Oaks Tickets are also a reasonable purchase as they are usually 1/3 the cost of a typical Kentucky Derby Ticket. Kentucky Oaks Tickets are also becoming more in demand as area hotels are now requiring a minimum 3 night stay over Derby weekend. So when you purchase Derby Tickets, be sure to purchase you Kentucky Oaks Tickets as well, and be apart of the action on Friday and celebrate Louisville, KY!