Famous Races: Kentucky Derby, Longines Kentucky Oaks
Type of Racing: Three-year old thoroughbred flat races
Churchill Downs Racing Tickets
The Churchill Downs Racetrack has been the premier host of thoroughbred racing in the US for almost 150 years. The Kentucky Derby, the Longines Kentucky Oaks and other thoroughbred races have been held at Churchill Downs since 1875, and today, Churchill Downs hosts three racing meets throughout the year. The Kentucky Derby is the most famous of the events at Churchill Downs, and it takes place on the first Saturday in May. There are many facets to Derby Week, with the opportunity to not only watch the most exciting race in the US but also to wear your most fashionable attire and to partake in placing hopeful wagers on your favorite horse. Besides racing, visitors can learn about the history of the racetrack through touring the stables and by visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum. To attend any of these events, visit StubHub to grab your Churchill Down racing tickets today!
Where are the Churchill Downs Races held?
The Churchill Downs Racetrack is located in the heart of Louisville, Ky., and has been in operation continually since 1875. During that time, the concourse has received many renovations and additions to the original structures. The Twin Spires that have crowned the grandstands from the beginning are the most recognizable feature. Today, there are permanent lights for night-time races, luxury suites, simulcast areas and the largest 4k video screen in the world. The racetrack consists of a one-mile dirt track, a seven-furlong turf course and barns for over 5,000 horses. Set to be finished in time for the 2020 running of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs will receive a major renovation to the Millionaires Row on level 6 to include improved views of the track's finish line.
What events take place at Churchill Downs Racetrack?
Churchill Downs Racetrack holds three major thoroughbred meets in the spring, summer and fall. These meets include the Longines Kentucky Oaks, which is a $1 million stakes race for three-year old thoroughbred fillies, and the Kentucky Derby. The Longines Kentucky Oaks race takes place the Friday before the Kentucky Derby, which is run the first Saturday of each May. The meets take place over several weeks and will feature thoroughbred races on most days.
What can you expect at Churchill Downs events?
All the races that take place at Churchill Downs afford attendees access to the general amenities of the racetrack. Special events have special features that are present only at those occasions. The Kentucky Derby draws huge crowds of more than 150,000 people and is the most popular attraction at the racetrack. Fashion is paramount, but it is a good idea to bring alternate footwear to change as needed. For wagering with the track tellers and kiosks, cash is required. There are plenty of restrooms throughout the concourse, with 400 newly installed facilities. The Churchill Downs app allows you to skip concession lines with Express Pickup, to place wagers virtually and to locate your seats, the concessions and the restrooms. The enormous 4K Big Board offers a great view of the track because not every seat will have direct views of the track. For security purposes, re-entry is not allowed during either the Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby events.
Who are some notable winners of the Kentucky Derby?
As the Kentucky Derby has been running at Churchill Downs for over 145 years, there are too many winners to list in their entirety. Some notable winners have been Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown in 1973; Seattle Slew, who won the Triple Crown in 1977; Genuine Risk, one of only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby; Monarchos, who ran the Derby in under 2:00 in 2001; and American Pharoah, who won the Triple Crown in 2015.
How do you place bets at the Churchill Downs Racetrack?
You can place bets for races at Churchill Downs Racetrack online, on your mobile devices and at the track with live tellers or at self-serve kiosks. If you place wagers at the track, you must use cash as per state regulations.
Can you watch other races at the Churchill Downs Racetrack?
The Churchill Downs Racetrack hosts "watch parties" for both the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes races. During these watch party days, there is also live thoroughbred racing that takes place at the racetrack.Back to Top
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