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Churchill Downs Facts

  • Where is Churchill Downs? Churchill Downs is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • How old is Churchill Downs? Churchill opened on May 17, 1875
  • How long is Churchill Downs? Churchill Downs is a standard American mile racetrack.
  • When does Churchill Downs race? Churchill Downs has three meets per year, the spring meet that includes the Kentucky Derby, an early fall meet that runs in September, and finally a late fall meet that runs from late October to late November.
  • What races are run at Churchill Downs? Churchill Downs is most famous for featuring the first Triple Crown race, the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. However, Churchill Downs also hosts the Kentucky Oaks for three year old fillies, the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap, and the G1 Clark Handicap. Churchill Downs has also hosted the Breeders’ Cup eight times, with the two-day meet set to return in 2018 for a record tying ninth time.
  • Who are the most famous horses to run at Churchill Downs? All 12 Triple Crown winners have raced at Churchill Downs, as the Kentucky Derby is the first race in the Triple Crown, but horses as well known as Zenyatta, Wise Dan, and Awesome Again have also raced at the track.
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Stakes Schedule

Date Race
Saturday, April 28 The William Walker
Thursday, May 3 Kentucky Juvenile
Thursday, May 3 The Opening Verse Overnight Stakes
Friday, May 4 Kentucky Oaks (G1)
Friday, May 4 The Eight Belles (G2)
Friday, May 4 The Alysheba (G2)
Friday, May 4 The La Troienne (G1)
Friday, May 4 Turf Sprint (G3)
Friday, May 4 The Edgewood (G3)
Saturday, May 5 Kentucky Derby (G1)
Saturday, May 5 Turf Classic (G1)
Saturday, May 5 The Pat Day Mile (G3)
Saturday, May 5 The American Turf (G2)
Saturday, May 5 The Churchill Downs (G2)
Saturday, May 5 The Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2)
Saturday, May 5 The Humana Distaff (G1)
Saturday, May 12 The Unbridled Sidney Overnight Stakes
Saturday, May 19 The Louisville Handicap (G2)
Saturday, May 26 The Keertana Overnight Stakes
Saturday, May 26 The Winning Colors (G3)
Saturday, June 2 The Aristides (G3)
Saturday, June 2 The Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes
Saturday, June 9 The Mint Julep Handicap (G3)
Saturday, June 16 The Matt Winn (G3)
Saturday, June 16 The Regret (G3)
Saturday, June 16 The Stephen Foster Handicap (G1)
Saturday, June 16 The Fleur De Lis Handicap (G2)
Saturday, June 16 The Wise Dan (G2)
Saturday, June 23 The Roxelana Overnight Stakes
Saturday, June 30 The Kelly's Landing Overnight Stakes
Saturday, June 30 The Debutante
Saturday, June 30 The Bashford Manor (G3)

Churchill Downs History

Churchill Downs is a major Thoroughbred horse-racing facility located in Louisville, Kentucky. It is most famous for the annual Kentucky Derby and for it’s unique grandstand, featuring twin spires.

The track is named for John and Henry Churchill, who leased the land to their nephew, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark. Clark wanted to model his racetrack on the English tracks, so the first race meet featured the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap. These were modeled after the three elite races in England - the Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks and St. Leger Stakes. Initially the Kentucky Derby was a mile and a half race, but when the track was sold in 1983 the new owners shortened the length of the signature race to its modern 1 1⁄4 miles, commissioning the famous twin spire grandstand in 1895, and adorning the winner of the Derby with a garland of roses.

Churchill Downs was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Today, Churchill Downs covers 147 acres in metropolitan Louisville. The usual number of spectators seated at the Derby is 50,000 people, though crowds can reach over 150,000 on Derby day. The dirt oval main track, on which the Derby is run, is one mile in circumference and is 79–80 feet wide, with a 120-foot-wide section for the starting gate. A turf track, inside the main track, is 7⁄8 mile in circumference and 80-foot wide.

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