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Model Kate Upton and recording artist Jordan Smith to headline Kentucky Oaks events

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Churchill Downs has announced that Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model and actress Kate Upton and recording artist Jordan Smith will headline Kentucky Oaks events.

According to a news release, Upton will serve as the First Lady of the Longines Kentucky Oaks and Smith will perform the national anthem at the Longines Kentucky Oaks.

The Kentucky Oaks will take place on Friday, May 6, the day before the Kentucky Derby.

"As the First Lady of the Oaks and supporter of Churchill Downs' charitable partner, Bright Pink, a national organization dedicated to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer, Kate Upton will participate in the eighth annual Survivors Parade presented by Kroger," the news release states. "The goals of the First Lady of the Oaks and the Survivors Parade are to help raise national awareness of breast and ovarian health and honor the survivors of breast and ovarian cancer. This year, 142 survivors of breast and ovarian cancer will participate in the Survivors Parade."

"Churchill Downs is thrilled to welcome these two superstars to the 142nd Longines Kentucky Oaks," said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack, according to the news release. "Kate and Jordan will help us honor the 142 participants in this year's Survivors Parade and continue to drive awareness and make an impact in the fight against breast and ovarian cancer."

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