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
HorseWt.PP1/41/2Str.Fin.JockeyTo $2
Street Sense126718½19-51-11-2¼Borel4.90
Hard Spun12681-hd1-12-42-5¾Pino10.00
Circular Quay1261619-318-18-½6-¾Velazquez11.40
Any Given Saturday126188-1½9-1½4-2½8-2½Gomez13.60
Sam P.126139-1½12-1½7-1½9-1¾Dominguez43.70
Nobiz Like Shobiz126126-1½6-1½5-hd10-3Velasquez10.40
Great Hunter1262012-2½11-2½9-hd13-1¾Nakatani25.30
Bwana Bull1261114-214-hd16-215-1Castellano50.30
Storm in May126415-1½16-hd15-½16-11½Leyva27.20
Scat Daddy126147-½7-hd2018-6¼Prado7.20
Cowtown Cat12663-½2-½19-½20Jara19.80


7 (7)Street Sense11.806.404.60
8 (8)Hard Spun9.807.00
2 (2)Curlin5.60


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