The Virginia Oaks is an American Thoroughbred horse race that since 2019 has been run at Colonial Downs in New Kent County, Virginia. It was previously known as the Commonwealth Oaks when it was held at Laurel Park in Maryland. It is open to three-year-old fillies who are willing to run 1+18 miles on the turf.[1]

Virginia Oaks
Listed Stakes race
LocationColonial Downs
New Kent County, Virginia
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1+18 miles (9 furlongs)
QualificationThree-year-old fillies
Purse$200,000 (2022)

The race was not run in 2014. It is a Listed Stakes event as of 2019. On April 19, 2018, The Virginia Racing Commission announced that the race would not be held that year.



Speed record:

  • 1:46.57 - My Impression (2016)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - William M. Backer (2004, 2009)
  • 2 - Stuart S. Janney III (2015, 2016)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 3 - Forest Boyce (2013, 2015, 2019)

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Virginia Oaks

2022 Spirit and Glory Irad Ortiz Jr. Robert Falcone Jr. Michael Nentwig, Michael Dubb, Beast Mode Racing, John Rochfort and Robert Falcone, Jr. 1+18 1:48.25 Listed
2021 Flippant Rafael Bejarano Victoria Oliver G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. 1+18 1:46.47 Listed
2020 No Race No Race No Race No Race 1+18 No Race Listed
2019 Carnival Colors Forest Boyce Michael Stidham Godolphin Stables 1+18 1:48.83 Listed
2018 No Race No Race No Race No Race 1+18 No Race III
2017 Rymska Feargal Lynch Chad Brown Sheep Pond Partners, et al. 1+18 1:46.94 III
2016 My Impression Jose Ortiz Claude R. McGaughey Stuart S. Janney III 1+18 1:46.57 III
2015 Onus Forest Boyce Claude R. McGaughey Stuart S. Janney III 1+18 1:47.12 III
2014 No Race No Race No Race No Race 1+18 No Race III
2013 Nellie Cashman Forest Boyce Francis Abbott III Sycamore Racing 1+18 1:52.86 III
2012 Volcat Robby Albarado Kenneth G. McPeek Landaluce Educe Stables 1+18 1:52.18 III
2011 Excited John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Michael B. Tabor 1+18 1:49.70 III
2010 Check the Label Ramon A. Dominguez H. Graham Motion Brereton C. Jones 1+18 1:51.85 III
2009 Blind Date Kent Desormeaux Hamilton A. Smith William M. Backer 1+18 1:49.59 III
2008 I Lost My Choo Edgar Prado Phillip Serpe Flying Zee Stable 1+18 1:50.12 III
2007 Dreaming of Anna E. T. Baird Wayne Catalano Frank C. Calabrese 1+18 1:47.38
2006 Aunt Henny Rafael Bejarano Michael R. Matz Erdenheim Farm 1+18 1:47.11
2005 My Typhoon Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Live Oak Racing 1+18 1:49.63
2004 Art Fan Ryan Fogelsonger Hamilton A. Smith William M. Backer 1+18 1:50.41


  1. ^ "Commonwealth Oaks Profile". Retrieved 24 September 2016.