Oaks News Stories

Horse Industry Legend, Philanthropist Marylou Whitney Honored By Churchill Downs As 'First Lady of the Oaks'

Marylou Whitney, whose accomplishments and generosity in the worlds of Thoroughbred racing and philanthropy have garnered national acclaim and admiration for decades, will be honored by Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) with the designation of “First Lady of the Oaks” during the celebration of the 141st running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies scheduled at the Louisville track on Friday, May 1.