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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

Mar 12

Gulfstream Park: Hurricane Bertie Stakes ,$100,000 ,4&up f/m ,6.5f Dirt

Japan Racing Association: Nakayama Himba Stakes ,$780,000 ,4&up f/m ,9f Turf

Oaklawn Park: Azeri Stakes ,$350,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f Dirt

Santa Anita: San Luis Rey Stakes ,$125,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf

Tampa Bay Downs: Florida Oaks ,$200,000 ,3yo f ,8.5f Turf

Tampa Bay Downs: Hillsborough Stakes ,$225,000 ,4&up f/m ,9f Turf

Tampa Bay Downs: Michelob Ultra Challenger Stakes ,$100,000 ,4&up ,8.5f Dirt

Tampa Bay Downs: Tampa Bay Derby ,$400,000 ,3yo ,8.5f Dirt

Mar 13

Japan Racing Association: Kinko Sho ,$1,383,000 ,4&up ,10f Turf

Santa Anita: Las Flores Stakes ,$100,000 ,4&up f/m ,6f Dirt

Mar 19

Japan Racing Association: Falcon Stakes ,$823,000 ,3yo ,7f Turf

Oaklawn Park: Essex Handicap ,$500,000 ,4&up ,8.5f Dirt

Oaklawn Park: Whitmore Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,6f Dirt

Mar 20

Japan Racing Association: Hanshin Daishoten ,$1,383,000 ,4&up ,15f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Spring Stakes ,$1,120,000 ,3yo ,9f Turf