1) Liatunah was the first Kentucky Oaks winner to produce a stakes winner. She won the Oaks in 1879.
2) Gal in a Ruckus won the 1995 Kentucky Oaks and Canadian Oaks, becoming the first filly to complete this double.
3) Modesty, the 1884 Kentucky Oaks winner and co-champion American 3-year-old filly, made her first four starts under the name "Golden Rod."
4) Willie Crump rode the Kentucky Oaks winners Easter Stockings (1928) and Rose of Sharon (1929) and trained the Oaks winner Blue Grass (1947).
5) Rachel Alexandra turned in the most lopsided Kentucky Oaks win in history, taking the 2009 edition by 20-1/4 lengths.
The Kentucky Derby:
1) A. J. Alexander bred five Kentucky Derby winners but never had a starter in the Kentucky Derby.
2) Canonero II cost US$1,200 as a yearling at the Keeneland sales, the lowest price ever for a future Kentucky Derby winner sold through that venue.
3) Apollo, the 1882 Kentucky Derby winner, ran second in a selling race for a purse of US$300 less than a month before the Kentucky Derby and could have been bought after the race for US$900. There were no takers.
4) The 1938 movie Kentucky used footage from that year's Kentucky Derby, won by Lawrin, for its climactic scenes.
5) The 1952 Kentucky Derby (won by Hill Gail) was the first to be broadcast on national television in the United States.