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Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs to celebrate women, spirit of survivorship

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6:04 p.m. - Untapable wins the 140th Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Before the third largest crowd to ever watch the race, Untapable has won the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

With jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard, Untapable crossed the finish line ahead of My Miss Sophia in second with Unbridled Forever finishing third.

The start of the race was delayed when Empress of Midway, the number 10 horse, reared up in the starting gate and fell. She was removed from the gate and scratched from the race. The horse is owned in part by UofL men's basketball coach Rick Pitino.

The crowd for Oaks Day 140 was 113,071 to watch the field of 12 fillies.

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5:15 p.m. – 140 people who survived cancer take part in the 6th annual Survivors Parade on the Churchill Downs track prior to the running of the Kentucky Oaks. Among the women in this year's event is Joanna Smith, mother of WAVE 3 News Anchor Dawne Gee.


5:07 p.m. - Steve Crump of the Raycom News Network caught up with UofL head basketball coach Rick Pitino and former Cardinal player Russ Smith.


4:15 p.m. - Connie talks with jockey Luis Saez after riding A Little Bit Sassy to victory in The Edgewood. He'll ride Wildcat Red in Derby 140 on Saturday.


3:15 p.m. - Connie Leonard and Gary Fogle talk with jockey Mike Smith who rode Fiftyshadesofgold to victory in The Eight Belles. Watch the video that accom


2:40 p.m. - MetroSafe reports no traffic problems getting to Churchill Downs. Reminder - Starting at 5:30 p.m., the exit ramps from the Watterson Expressway (I-264) to Taylor Boulevard, 3rd Street and Southern Parkway will be closed to traffic.


9:12 a.m. - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The last horse to make the field for Derby 140 will not make the Run for the Roses.

Pablo Del Monte was scratched from the race Friday morning moments before betting opened at 9 a.m.

The first 10 horses in the field of 19 will be moved out from the rail by one spot.

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Pink is Louisville's signature color on Friday as Churchill Downs celebrates the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks, the Kentucky Derby's sister race and the nation's most lucrative race for 3-year-old fillies.

The winner receives a silver trophy, an estimated $600,000 purse and a garland of pink stargazer lilies.

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The 1 1/8 mile race typically attracts a crowd of approximately 100,000 people and is held annually on the day before the Kentucky Derby. A near-record crowd of 113,820 turned out for the 139th Kentucky Oaks in 2013.

Because the Oaks is a competition of female thoroughbreds, women are the focus of the day. Attendees are encouraged to think pink when planning their attire for the day in honor of the official Oaks flower and in support of Churchill Downs' official partnerships with Bright Pink and Horses and Hope.

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Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals. Through this partnership, Churchill Downs will donate $50,000 to Bright Pink. The money will be used toward the education, support and empowerment of young women nationwide in prevention of breast and ovarian cancer.

In addition, Churchill Downs continues to support the mission of Horses and Hope, which is to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referrals among Kentucky horse industry workers and their families. Churchill Downs will donate $1 to Horses and Hope for every Oaks Lily sold. The Oaks Lily is the official drink of the Kentucky Oaks.

This year, for the sixth year, the Survivors Parade will take place on Oaks Day. The Survivors Parade is a march of 140 breast and ovarian cancer survivors which takes place on Churchill Downs' historic racetrack immediately prior to the Kentucky Oaks race. Click here for a complete list of survivors who will participate in this year's parade.

The Kentucky Oaks Race is the 11th race of the day. Post time is 5:49 p.m. Below is the full list of participating fillies and their post positions:

  1. Please Explain
  2. Ria Antonia
  3. Sugar Shock
  4. Rosalind
  5. Thank You Marylou
  6. Kiss Moon
  7. Fashion Plate
  8. Aurelia's Bell
  9. Unbridled Forever
  10. Empress of Midway
  11. My Miss Sophia
  12. Got Lucky
  13. Untapable

Untapable, with 4/5 odds, is favored to win.

According to Churchill Downs, the first running of the Oaks was on May 19, 1875 when the track was known as the Louisville Jockey Club. Both the Oaks race and the Derby race were founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. They are the oldest continuously contested sporting events in history.

WAVE 3 News will provide continuous live coverage of the 140th Kentucky Oaks beginning at 9:55 a.m. Fans are encouraged to post pictures, videos and comments to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine using #WAVE3Oaks. Twitter users' Oaks-centric comments may appear on the WAVE 3 News "Twicker" feed on air.

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