Churchill Downs Betting Horse Racing Tracks

Col. M. Lewis Clark devised the idea of a Louisville Jockey Club for conducting race meets.

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. For his inaugural race meet, Clark designed his three major stakes races, the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap, after the three premier races in England, the Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks and St. Leger Stakes, respectively. These events have each been held continuosly at Churchill since their debut in 1875. However, in 1953, the Clark was moved from the spring to the fall meet.

The Falls City was also offered during the inaugural meet and after four interruptions, the race continues to be held.The track formally opened May 17, 1875 with four races scheduled. The winner of the first race was Bonaventure, however the winner of the day’s featured race, the Kentucky Derby, was a three-year-old chestnut colt named, Aristides. The first national telecast of the Kentucky Derby aired May 3, 1952. More seating boxes were added to the second floor of the grandstand and clubhouse in 1953 with 400 additional third-floor boxes in the clubhouse. Lynn Stone became Churchill Downs ninth president as he replaced the retiring Knebelkamp in December 1969. Stone had come to Churchill in 1961 as resident manager and was appointed vice president and general manager in 1966.

Under Stone’s leadership: the Derby celebrated its 100th running in 1974, with a record 163,628 on hand; added the Skye Terrace’s sixth floor in 1977 for $1.8 million; computerized the pari-mutuel system in 1982; and began development of a $7 million Kentucky Derby Museum.

In December 1997, Churchill Downs Incorporated formed the wholly owned subsidiary Churchill Downs Investment Company (CDIC), which oversees the Company’s industry-related investments. In April 1998, the Company finalized the purchase of Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., and Kentucky Horse Center in Lexington, Ky. In April 1999, the Company completed a $86 million purchase of Calder Race Course in Miami. The acquisition of Hollywood Park followed in September 1999.

In 2000, Churchill Downs Incorporated completed the merger with Arlington International (now Arlington Park) outside of Chicago, adding another entitity to the Churchill Downs Incorporated network of racetracks.

Churchill Downs Post Time

Derby week, 12:45 p.m. Eastern; Oaks Day (May 4), 5:45 p.m.;
Derby 133 (May 5), 6:04 p.m., After Derby, daily except Fridays (1:45pm).

 

Churchill Downs Wagering Format

$1. Daily Double on 1st & 2nd races 9 & 10 and races 11 & 12.
$2. Exacta on all races.
$2. Pick 6 on races 5 through 10.
$1. Rolling Pick-3 beginning on 1st race.
$1. Pick 4’s on races 1 through 4, 3 through 6, 7 through 10 and 9 through 12.
$1. Superfecta on all races with five or more betting interests.
$1. Trifectas on all races with six or more betting interests.

Churchill Downs Takeout Information

Win, place, and show: 16%
All other wagering: 19%

 

The 133rd Kentucky Derby Closing Odds
Horse Wt. PP 1/4 1/2 Str. Fin. Jockey To $2
Street Sense 126 7 18½ 19-5 1-1 1-2¼ Borel 4.90
Hard Spun 126 8 1-hd 1-1 2-4 2-5¾ Pino 10.00
Curlin 126 2 13-½ 13-2½ 6-1 3-½ Albarado 5.00
Imawildandcrazyguy 126 5 20 20 11-1½ 4-½ Guidry 28.90
Sedgefield 126 1 5-½ 5-1½ 3-hd 5-nk Leparoux 58.60
Circular Quay 126 16 19-3 18-1 8-½ 6-¾ Velazquez 11.40
Tiago 126 15 17-hd 17-½ 12-hd 7-½ Smith 14.80
Any Given Saturday 126 18 8-1½ 9-1½ 4-2½ 8-2½ Gomez 13.60
Sam P. 126 13 9-1½ 12-1½ 7-1½ 9-1¾ Dominguez 43.70
Nobiz Like Shobiz 126 12 6-1½ 6-1½ 5-hd 10-3 Velasquez 10.40
Dominican 126 19 11-½ 10-hd 14-2½ 11-nk Bejarano 24.90
Zanjero 126 3 16-2 15-3 10-½ 12-2¾ Bridgmohan 36.00
Great Hunter 126 20 12-2½ 11-2½ 9-hd 13-1¾ Nakatani 25.30
Liquidity 126 9 10-½ 8-½ 13-1 14-¾ Flores 40.00
Bwana Bull 126 11 14-2 14-hd 16-2 15-1 Castellano 50.30
Storm in May 126 4 15-1½ 16-hd 15-½ 16-11½ Leyva 27.20
Teuflesberg 126 10 4-1½ 3-½ 17-½ 17-2¾ Elliott 51.90
Scat Daddy 126 14 7-½ 7-hd 20 18-6¼ Prado 7.20
Stormello 126 17 2-hd 4-1 18-1½ 19-7¼ Desormeaux 44.80
Cowtown Cat 126 6 3-½ 2-½ 19-½ 20 Jara 19.80

 

Pgm Horse Win Place Show
7 (7) Street Sense 11.80 6.40 4.60
8 (8) Hard Spun 9.80 7.00
2 (2) Curlin 5.60

 

133rd Kentucky Derby Exotic Wager Payouts

 

$2 Pick 6 (7-7-3-7-7-7) 6 Correct Paid $231,225.40
$2 Pick 6 (7-7-3-7-7-7) 5 Correct Paid $1,263.00 .
$2 Pick 4 (3-7-7-7) 4 Correct Paid $4,783.40 .
$2 Pick 3 (7-7-7) 3 Correct Paid $927.60.
$2 Trifecta (7-8-2) Paid $440.00
$1 Superfecta (7-8-2-5) Paid $29,046.40
$2 Daily Double (7-7) Paid $87.00
$2 Daily Double (OAKS/DERBY 11-7) Paid $23.80 l
$2 Exacta (7-8) Paid $101.80

 

 

Street sense as he approaches the finishing line for the
133rd Kentucky Derby
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