Each year, the Kentucky Oaks showcases the finest three-year-old fillies in thoroughbred racing. Alongside the exciting races, the event also highlights an essential cause: breast and ovarian cancer awareness. In 2009, the Oaks introduced the “Pink Out” tradition, a heartfelt gesture that unites attendees in support of those affected by these cancers.
On the first Friday of May, spectators at Churchill Downs don their best pink attire, from dresses and hats to accessories, in support of cancer research and awareness. This sea of pink creates a striking visual effect and serves as a powerful reminder of the strength and courage of those who have battled breast and ovarian cancer.
The “Pink Out” tradition extends beyond fashion; proceeds from the event are donated to a partnered organization, furthering the impact of the Kentucky Oaks on cancer research and treatment efforts. This partnership not only raises funds but also promotes education and early detection, which are crucial in the fight against cancer.
The Kentucky Oaks’ “Pink Out” is a perfect example of how a prestigious sporting event can foster unity and hope. With its splash of pink, the Oaks is not only a celebration of the power and grace of the competing fillies but also a tribute to the resilience and courage of those affected by breast and ovarian cancer.
In 2023, the Kentucky Oaks will be held on Friday night May 5, the day before the Kentucky Derby.