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Churchill Downs

700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY, 40214, United States

Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky. It is a racetrack for thoroughbred racing, the most famous race being the Kentucky Derby held annually. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks in that same year along with the Clark Handicap. These three events were created and inspired by England's Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks and St. Leger Stakes. The three events have been held continuously at the track. In addition, the track has also served as home of the Breeders' Cup on many occasions

Churchill Downs was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. On June 19, 2009, Churchill Downs hosted its first-ever night race. That same year, Churchill Downs was ranked number 5 out of 65 thoroughbred tracks by the Horseplayers Association of North America

The famous twin spires on top of the grandstands are the most recognizable architectural feature at Churchill Downs and are used as a symbol of the track and the Kentucky Derby alike.

Racing at Churchill Downs occurs in two meets. The spring meet starts in late April, one week before the Kentucky Derby, and continues until early July. A fall meet picks up in late October and closes Thanksgiving weekend in late November.


Bet on Horses at Churchill Downs

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Churchill Downs Course Information:

Live Racing Calendar: Wednesday through Sunday & llive racing every weekend in June.
Course type:
Flat
Notable Races:  Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, Stephen Foster Handicap, Clark Handicap
Main track (Sand & Clay): 1 mile oval
Distance from last turn to finish line: 1,234 1/2  feet
Turf course: 7/8th mile oval

Racing News

Horse Makari dies in steeplechase at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Horse Makari fell after clipping the final fence and died on the track Monday during the Grade 1 $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup.New York Racing Associati...
August 25, 2014

V.E. Day tops Wicked Strong in 145th Travers

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August 24, 2014

Uncle Southern wins $100K Union Avenue at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Uncle Southern skipped right to the lead and splashed home a three-quarter length winner in the $100,000 Union Avenue at Saratoga Race Course.Ridden by Luis ...
August 22, 2014

Brother Pete wins feature at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. — Brother Pete rallied from last to win the $77,000 feature at Del Mar by a head in a three-horse blanket finish on Thursday, snapping a nine-race skid.Ridden by Core...
August 22, 2014

Disclaimer

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