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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

Jul 22

Saratoga Race Course: A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Handicap ,$150,000 ,4&up ,16.5f Turf

Jul 23

Ascot: Carraig Insurance British Valiant Stakes ,$82,000 ,3&up f/m ,8f Turf

Saratoga Race Course: Lake George Stakes ,$150,000 ,3yo f ,8f Turf

Jul 24

Ascot: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes ,$1,199,000 ,3&up ,12f Turf

Ascot: Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes ,$55,000 ,2yo f ,6f Turf

Del Mar: Eddie Read Stakes ,$250,000 ,3&up ,9f Turf

Del Mar: San Clemente Stakes ,$200,000 ,3yo f ,8f Turf

Saratoga Race Course: Caress Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up f/m ,5.5f Turf

Saratoga Race Course: Coaching Club American Oaks ,$500,000 ,3yo f ,9f Dirt

Woodbine: Nassau Stakes ,$175,000 ,4&up f/m ,8f Turf

Jul 25

Japan Racing Association: Ibis Summer Dash ,$808,000 ,3&up ,5f Turf

Saratoga Race Course: Shuvee ,$200,000 ,4&up f/m ,9f Dirt