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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

Jan 22

Fair Grounds: Lecomte Stakes ,$200,000 ,3yo ,8.5f Dirt

Fair Grounds: Louisiana Stakes ,$150,000 ,4&up ,8.5f Dirt

Jan 29

Aqueduct: Toboggan Stakes ,$150,000 ,4&up ,7f Dirt

Gulfstream Park: Fred W. Hooper ,$150,000 ,4&up ,8f Dirt

Gulfstream Park: Inside Information Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up f/m ,7f Dirt

Gulfstream Park: La Prevoyante ,$150,000 ,4&up f/m ,12f Turf

Gulfstream Park: Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf ,$500,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f Turf

Gulfstream Park: Pegasus World Cup Invitational ,$3,000,000 ,4&up ,9f Dirt

Gulfstream Park: Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational ,$1,000,000 ,4&up ,9f Turf

Gulfstream Park: William L. McKnight ,$200,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf

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

Santa Anita: Megahertz Stakes ,$100,000 ,4&up f/m ,8f Turf

Santa Anita: Palos Verdes Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,6f Dirt

Santa Anita: San Vicente Stakes ,$200,000 ,3yo ,7f Dirt

Jan 30

Sam Houston: Houston Ladies Classic ,$400,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f Dirt

Sam Houston: John B. Connally Turf Cup ,$200,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf

Santa Anita: San Marcos Stakes ,$225,000 ,4&up ,10f Turf

Feb 5

Aqueduct: Withers Stakes ,$250,000 ,3yo ,9f Dirt

Gulfstream Park: Claiborne Swale Stakes ,$100,000 ,3yo ,7f Dirt

Gulfstream Park: Forward Gal Stakes ,$100,000 ,3yo f ,7f Dirt