Early nominations for the $1.25-million GI Longines Kentucky Oaks and $1-million Old Forester Turf Classic to be held at Churchill Downs on GI Kentucky Derby weekend May 3 and May 4, respectively, are due Saturday. The cost to nominate at this stage for the Oaks is $200 and $100 for the Turf Classic. Both prestigious events received purse increases for 2019–the Oaks purse was raised by $250,000, while the Turf Classic's was doubled. Owners and trainers may nominate by calling the Churchill Downs racing office at (502) 636-3806. Forms are available here. A late nomination period for either race–which will require a $1500 payment–will open Sunday and continue through Apr. 13.
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