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Churchill Downs - Louisville, Kentucky


Churchill Downs

700 Central Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40208
(502) 636-4400
http://www.churchilldowns.com 



Track Facts:
The Founding of Churchill Downs
While traveling in England and France in 1872-1873, 26-year-old Col. M. Lewis Clark, devised the idea of a Louisville Jockey Club for conducting race meets. Clark toured and visited with a number of prominent racing leaders, including England's Admiral Rous and France's Vicompte Darn, vice president of the French Jockey Club.

Upon his return from Europe, Clark began development of his racetrack which would serve to showcase the Kentucky breeding industry. The track would eventually become known as "Churchill Downs." The first reference of the name Churchill Downs came in an 1883 Kentucky Derby article reported by the former Louisville Commercial.

"The crowd in the grand stand sent out a volume of voice, and the crowd in the field took it up and carried it from boundary to boundary of Churchill Downs."

Track Information
Acreage: 147
Track: One mile, oval
Soil: Sandy loam, 75% sand, 23% silt, 2% clay
Width: 80 feet; backstretch, 79 feet
Distance from Derby Start to Finish Line: 1,320 feet; racetrack is 120 feet wide at Derby start
Distance from Last Turn to Finish Line: 1,234 1/2 feet
Distance from Finish Line to First Turn: 113 1/2 feet

Turf Course
Track: 7/8th mile, oval
Turf: 90% Fescue, 10% Bluegrass
Width: 80 feet

Stable Accommodations
Churchill Downs - 1,404 stalls - 47 barns
Trackside OTB - 500 stalls


Online Horse Racing graded stakes

Graded Stakes Races

Apr 20

Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races: Charles Town Classic ,$1,000,000 ,4&up ,9f Dirt

Japan Racing Association: Fukushima Himba Stakes ,$712,000 ,4&up f/m ,9f Turf

Keeneland: Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes ,$250,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf

Middleburg: Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase ,$75,000 ,4&up ,20f Turf

Santa Anita: Kona Gold Stakes ,$200,000 ,3&up ,6.5f Dirt

Woodbine: Whimsical Stakes ,$125,000 ,4&up f/m ,6f AW

Apr 21

Japan Racing Association: Flora Stakes ,$979,000 ,3yo f ,10f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Yomiuri Milers Cup ,$1,115,000 ,4&up ,8f Turf

Apr 26

Keeneland: Bewitch Stakes ,$150,000 ,4&up f/m ,12f Turf

Apr 27

Golden Gate Fields: San Francisco Mile ,$250,000 ,3&up ,8f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Aoba Sho ,$1,023,000 ,3yo ,12f Turf

Santa Anita: Santa Margarita Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up f/m ,9f Dirt