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When you think of the greatest racetracks in the world, you naturally think of Churchill Downs, home of the most famous horse race of them all the Kentucky Derby. The first leg of the American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
Churchill Downs is the host track for both the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. The two twin spires are the structures that people most relate to when they see Churchill Downs. The twin spires are symbols of Churchill Downs, and the Derby.
People have been flocking to Churchill Downs ever since. This iconic facility remains one of the most beautiful and treasured in the world, holding meets every spring and fall and bringing crowds of up to 150,000 on Derby day, always the first Saturday in May.
The main track is a one-mile dirt oval; there’s also a seven-furlong turf course that hosts the $500,000 Turf Classic Stakes (nine furlongs, 3-year-olds and up), a Grade 1 stakes and a can’t-miss event in its own right. Plus don’t forget the $600,000 Kentucky Oaks for fillies (nine furlongs, 3-year-olds) on the day before the Derby itself.
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The 139th running of this celebrated event is scheduled for May 4th, 2013 at Church Hill Downs in Louisville. More Derby Horse Race Information
Churchill Downs 139th Derby Contender
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|Shanghai Bobby||Todd Pletcher||3.80 *||not going|
|Ive Struck a Nerve||Keith Desormeaux||3.67||injured|
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Horse racing in Kentucky is rich in history, dating back to 1789 when the first race course was laid out in Lexington. However, it was almost 100 years later, in 1875, that Churchill Downs officially opened and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby."
In 1787, The Commons, a park-like block near Lexington's Race Street was used by horsemen for racing. By 1789, complaints by "safety minded" citizens led to the formal development of a race meet at The Commons. The men who organized this race meet, including Kentucky Statesman Henry Clay, also formed the Commonwealth's first Jockey Club. The organization later was named the Kentucky Jockey Club in 1809. Continue
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