Everything You Want to Know About Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs, located in Louisville, Kentucky opened its doors in 1875 and held the very first Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks that same year.
Run on the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby has become the premier race in North America for 3-year olds and is the first leg of the ever-elusive Triple Crown. Crowds to the Kentucky Derby have been known to reach over 150,000 which is 100,000 above the seating capacity at Churchill Downs. The dirt oval main track, on which the Derby is run, is one mile in circumference and the turf course is 7/8’s of a mile around.
This racetrack is also known for its unique architecture with their twin spires which sit atop the grandstand being the most notable feature. Racing at Churchill Downs occurs in three meets with the spring meet starting a week before the Derby and continuing through the first few weeks in July. There’s a meet in September as well as a fall meet from late October through late November.
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