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Kentucky Derby Twin Spires


Churchill Downs' Twin Spires


The Twin Spires are a recognized throughout the world as the symbol of Churchill Downs and its most famous race, the Kentucky Derby. They are so well known that a mere glance at those Twin Spires can inspire stories of big bets, mint juleps, famous horses and everything else surrounding "the most exciting 2 minutes in sports" to horse racing fans everywhere.

Churchill Downs formally opened May 17, 1875 with only four races scheduled. On November 24, 1894 William F. Schulte was appointed president who oversaw the construction of a new grandstand for a reported cost of $100,000.

The Twin Spires were constructed between the fall of 1894 & the spring of 1895 and were brought to life by a young draftsman named Joseph Dominic Baldez.

Baldez was asked to draft the design for the new for Churchill Downs' grandstand and in his original drawings, he referred to the Twin Spires as “Towers” which he included to give the new grandstand a more striking appearance. Horse racing fans would have to agree that he was successful in his mission!

The hexagonal spires are a great example of 19th century architecture that preferred buildings to have great presence, symmetry and balance rather than considering more practical use of space.

The Twin Spires continue to be the most recognizable aspect of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.


Online Horse Racing graded stakes

Graded Stakes Races

Sep 15

Japan Racing Association: Rose Stakes ,$979,000 ,3yo f ,9f Turf

Woodbine: Natalma Stakes ,$250,000 ,2yo f ,8f Turf

Woodbine: Summer Stakes ,$250,000 ,2yo ,8f Turf

Sep 16

Japan Racing Association: St. Lite Kinen ,$1,023,000 ,3yo ,11f Turf

Presque Isle Downs: Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes ,$400,000 ,3&up f/m ,6.5f AW

Sep 21

Parx Racing: Pennsylvania Derby ,$1,000,000 ,3yo ,9f Dirt

Parx Racing: Gallant Bob Stakes ,$300,000 ,3yo ,6f Dirt

Parx Racing: Cotillion Stakes ,$1,000,000 ,3yo f ,8.5f Dirt

Laurel Park: Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash ,$250,000 ,3&up ,6f Dirt

Laurel Park: Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup ,$200,000 ,3&up ,8f Turf

Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races: Charles Town Oaks ,$300,000 ,3yo f ,7f Dirt

Sep 22

Japan Racing Association: All Comers Stakes ,$1,262,000 ,3&up ,11f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Kobe Shimbun Hai ,$1,023,000 ,3yo ,12f Turf