Horse Track: Churchill Downs
Where: 700 Central Avenue Louisville , KY
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 is scheduled for May 6, 2017.
Each race in the first leg of the “Triple Crown Championship Series” between Feb. to March will be worth 50 points to the winner, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to third and 5 to fourth.
The seven lucrative races staged three-to-five weeks ahead of the Derby offer lofty points worth twice as much as the first leg: 100 to first, 40 to second, 20 to third and 10 to fourth.
The post time for the first race is set at 10:30 AM and the post time for the 143 running of the Kentucky Derby will be 6:24 PM - approximately and will be televised live on NBC beginning at 4 PM Eastern on Saturday.
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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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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
Horse racing in Kentucky dates back as far as 1789, when the first race course was laid out in Lexington.
In 1797 Kentucky's first Jockey Club was founded at a formal race meet, then was reorganized as the Lexington Jockey Club in 1809.
“The Commons” the men who organized this race meet, including Kentucky Statesman Henry Clay, also formed the Commonwealth's Jockey Club. The organization was named the Kentucky Jockey Club in 1809.
It was 66 years later in 1875, that Churchill Downs officially opened and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby."
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.
By 1920, the Kentucky Derby had become the best known race in North America and it was attracting the top three-year-olds from all over the country.
Except for 1879 through 1895, when it was 1 ½ miles, the Kentucky Derby has always been run at 1 ¼ miles. In 1937, the track was incorporated as Churchill Downs. More Kentucky Derby history information
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