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The Spring meet commences at the end of April usually around seven days before the Kentucky Derby and will run until late June.
The Fall meet typically begins in October and will continue until Thanksgiving late November. The three meetings will be altered each year to fit around the racing calendar, but they tend to follow the same pattern.
The track was opened in and is built on 80 acres of land. It is named after John and Henry Churchill who purchased the plot. However, it is their nephew who was largely responsible for opening the track.
Just months earlier, two racetracks — Woodlawn and Oakland had closed, and Churchill Downs helped fill the void.
It was able to pick up many of the regular racegoers from the now-defunct venues. In , the track was sold to a syndicate led by bookmaker and thoroughbred horse-breeder William E Applegate.
He commissioned a new grandstand to be built, and a number of track alterations, many of which are still present today.
He also began the tradition of draping the winner of the Kentucky Derby in a garland of roses in , and that has remained in place ever since.
Charles F Grainger, who was mayor of Louisville at the time took over the day-to-day operations at the track, and he helped raise the profile of the venue.
By the early part of the 20th century, the Kentucky Derby had become the most prominent stakes race for three-year-olds in North America.
Churchill Downs made headlines in when jockey James Lee won all six races on the card. This feat has never been matched since.
As of , the track became a National Historic Landmark, and it continued to attract a worldwide audience. The Kentucky Derby remained one of the most popular events on the sporting calendar.
Two years later, Churchill Downs hosted the Breeders Cup for the first time. It staged the high-profile event for the second time in Churchill Downs suffered extensive damage to its stables in when an EF2 Tornado hit the Louisville area.
Several horses had to be evacuated from the area as a result. In , Churchill Downs was chosen to host the Breeders Cup for a ninth time, tying it with Santa Anita Park.
However, the California venue will stage the event later this year. Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel was famed for his rail-riding tactics.
He has previously spoken about the favored path, stating that there is often more traction on that part of the course.
He regularly spoke about the footing being more stable, especially after the track has been watered. Louisville does get its fair share of inclement weather, and following a downpour, a rail-run is seen as particularly beneficially.
Horses drawn on the inside or renowned rail-runners will almost certainly be given an advantage on a sloppy track.
Many big outsiders have also out-run their price in the Kentucky Derby using these tactics. Horses with previous experience at the track are always at an advantage as the dirt track is made up of a fairly unique composition.
It is mixed with a deep layer of soil, clay, and organic materials which are packed down below the surface, making it different from the majority of US tracks.
On the Turf course, there appears to be a slight advantage to being drawn in the middle. During that early period, a new clubhouse was built in order to promote social interaction, and new events such as steeplechases, automobile races, and band concerts were held at the track.
The State Fair was held on the grounds, featuring the odd spectacle of two locomotives being intentionally crashed head-on in the infield.
On June 5, , African American jockey James Lee set a record that has never been beaten when he won the entire six-race card at Churchill Downs.
In , parimutuel betting machines were introduced as gambling began to be less controversial again, and the wagering portion of the track's business became more profitable.
Churchill Downs was designated a National Historic Landmark in On Friday, June 19, , Churchill Downs hosted its first-ever night race with an attendance of over 27, Churchill Downs ventured into the music business, organizing the inaugural HullabaLOU Music Festival, held on the weekend of July 23—25, The track had planned to make this an annual event to compete with other summer music festivals.
HullabaLOU attracted 78, people but that fell short of the more than , expected by the company. The company attributed this to the brutal heat, but others cited high ticket prices in a poor economy.
On Wednesday, June 22, , an EF2 tornado hit the Louisville area, striking the stables and chapel at Churchill Downs, at EF1 intensity.
Over horses had to be evacuated from the damaged stables and be relocated to other stables that were not damaged by the tornado.
The tornado did not cause any damage to the twin spires or the clubhouse. Thurby is a portmanteau for Thursday plus Derby , and this name for the Thursday racing in Derby week has been recognized by Churchill Downs since From through Churchill Downs has had twelve CEO's.
The twin spires atop the grandstands are the most recognizable architectural feature of Churchill Downs and are used as a symbol of the track and the Derby.
They were designed by architect Joseph Dominic Baldez and built in The dirt oval main track, on which the Derby is run, is one mile 1.
In summer the same artist added another mural depicting all of the trainers and updating the Jockey's painting, adding Calvin Borel and Edgar Prado to it.
These updates are done yearly to accommodate new winning trainers and jockeys. The new design has been somewhat controversial since the new suites block full view of the spires from most angles.
Racing at Churchill Downs occurs in three meets though for the majority of its existence there were only two meets per year. The spring meet starts one week before the Derby and continues until early July.
The Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday in May and the Kentucky Oaks is run on the Friday before the Derby.
A fall meet picks up in late October and closes Thanksgiving weekend in late November. A third meet in September was added in In addition to the track, clubhouse and stables, Churchill Downs also contains the Kentucky Derby Museum which focuses on the history of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs.
The museum also contains a number of exhibits exploring the training and racing of thoroughbred horses.
It includes a degree cinema that shows the short film "The Greatest Race," a documentary about the Kentucky Derby.
The museum is normally open year-round. In October , Churchill Downs began installing a new, ultra high-definition video board built by Panasonic, which became operational in time for the Kentucky Derby.
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