It’s Oaks Day! Are you Wearing Pink?

The Kentucky Oaks is always run the Friday before the Derby. It’s a race for three-year-olds (just like the Derby) but only fillies are allowed to run – it’s Ladies Only today! For many years Oaks Day was known as “Louisville’s Day at the Track” because a vast majority of the crowd was local – not many celebrities and not much media attention. That has changed over the last few years, though. Now they’ve had to open the infield as well to accommodate the large numbers of people who want to attend. Reportedly it’s more of a “picnic” atmosphere in the infield on Oaks Day as opposed to the “Spring Break” experience of the Derby infield.
Last year was the first “Pink Out” at the Oaks, and it’s happening again this year. All attendees (men AND women) are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer survivors, to raise breast cancer awareness, and to support breast cancer research. There will be a Survivors Parade of selected women who have survived breast cancer. This is a cause close to my heart since my mother is a breast cancer survivor. Whether you’re attending the Oaks today or not, consider wearing pink and letting people know WHY you’re wearing it today. And watch the Oaks coverage on Bravo from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT – you’ll love the sea of pink. You still have time to pick the horse that gets to wear her own pink after the race – a blanket of stargazer lilies for the winner. Here are the Oaks Contenders.
Oh, and by the way, I’m linking today’s post to Feel Good Friday at The Girl Next Door Grows Up because knowing my mom beat breast cancer is a thought that makes me feel good every day!

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4 thoughts on “It’s Oaks Day! Are you Wearing Pink?”

  1. Thanks for the reminder about wearing "pink" I would have forgotten. I still haven't decided for sure but these are my picks at the moment… Blind Luck, Joanie's Catch and Amen Hallelujah.

  2. It's really been interesting reading about all the Derby activities—a whole 'nother culture almost! I love how there are important moments like this in all the fun.

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