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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

Feb 27

Gulfstream Park: Canadian Turf Stakes ,$125,000 ,4&up ,8.5f Turf

Gulfstream Park: Davona Dale Stakes ,$200,000 ,3yo f ,8f Dirt

Gulfstream Park: Fountain of Youth Stakes ,$300,000 ,3yo ,8.5f Dirt

Gulfstream Park: Gulfstream Park Mile ,$200,000 ,4&up ,8f Dirt

Gulfstream Park: Herecomesthebride Stakes ,$100,000 ,3yo f ,8.5f Turf

Gulfstream Park: Honey Fox Stakes ,$125,000 ,4&up f/m ,8f Turf

Gulfstream Park: Mac Diarmida Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,11f Turf

Gulfstream Park: The Very One Stakes ,$125,000 ,4&up f/m ,9.5f Turf

Oaklawn Park: Razorback Handicap ,$600,000 ,4&up ,8.5f Dirt

Oaklawn Park: Southwest Stakes ,$750,000 ,3yo ,8.5f Dirt

Feb 28

Japan Racing Association: Hankyu Hai ,$838,000 ,4&up ,7f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Nakayama Kinen ,$1,383,000 ,4&up ,9f Turf

Oaklawn Park: Bayakoa Stakes ,$250,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f Dirt

Mar 6

Aqueduct: Gotham Stakes ,$300,000 ,3yo ,8f Dirt

Aqueduct: Tom Fool Handicap ,$200,000 ,4&up ,6f Dirt

Japan Racing Association: Ocean Stakes ,$838,000 ,4&up ,6f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Tulip Sho ,$1,072,000 ,3yo f ,8f Turf

Oaklawn Park: Honeybee Stakes ,$300,000 ,3yo f ,8.5f Dirt

Santa Anita: Frank E. Kilroe Mile ,$400,000 ,4&up ,8f Turf

Santa Anita: San Carlos Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,7f Dirt