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Kentucky Oaks draws near-record crowd

True McClanahan True McClanahan
Irita Edwards Irita Edwards
Philip Stewart Philip Stewart

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A near-record crowd of 113,820 turned out to the 139th Kentucky Oaks. The great race unfolded in front of a packed grandstand with many of them dressed in pink for breast cancer awareness.  

True McClanahan wore a pink plaid kilt.  

"I have quite a few kilts," said McClanahan, "I enjoy wearing them and I support women's breast cancer so the pink kilt just kind of fits."  

McClanahan was not the only person making a fashion statement. Hats and fascinators could be seen in every hue, shape and size. Irita Edwards is from Atlanta and she is planning on making a trip to Oaks a tradition. 

"The fashion, the camaraderie, everybody is complementing each other, the hats are gorgeous, the shoes are gorgeous, the outfits and of course the betting," said Edwards.  

A picture perfect Kentucky Oaks day was complete with the fillies and some lilies. The rain held off until the last race was done. Before most spectators could make it to their cars, the rain began to fall.  

The betting windows were bustling with racing fans hoping to win big. The 36-1 shot paid out $79.60 for the win. Phillip Stewart said he lost money but he would do it all over again. 

"It's more to me just an excitement, I haven't won a dime," said Stewart, "it's just the enjoyment. I'm from Louisville Kentucky and I love it here."

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