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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

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Disclaimer

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