What to Expect at the Oaks The Kentucky Oaks brings in over 160,000 race fans every year. The majority of the crowd is contained in the infield however the race track seating areas can be pretty busy all throughout the day. There are typically 13 races throughout the day and the Kentucky Oaks is usually race 11. The first race of the day is at 10:30am and the Kentucky Oaks will run off right around 6:25pm. Now that you've learned what to expect on Oaks day, plan your next visit to Churchill Downs.