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Most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby annually, Churchill Downs is a thoroughbred racetrack. Located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky, it officially opened in 1875, and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby." Owned and operated by Churchill Downs Inc., it was also the venue for the renowned Breeders' Cup on six occasions, most recently in 2006 when Churchill Downs also became the first horse track to host a Rolling Stones concert.

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Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. (grandson of explorer William Clark) leased the 80 acres of land from John and Henry Churchill. Upon his return from Europe, Clark began development of his racetrack which would serve to showcase the Kentucky breeding industry. The track would eventually become known as "Churchill Downs." Clark, who preferred longer races to the relatively short ones that had become popular by the 1890s, was running short of funds, and in 1893 sold the track to a syndicate led by William Applegate. The new ownership would soon institute many changes, such as shortening the length of the signature race to its modern 1 1/4 mile (2 km), commissioning the famous twin spire grandstand in 1895, and adorning the winner of the Derby with a garland of roses, a tradition that also began in 1895. In early 1902, Applegate turned over operation of the track to Charles F. Grainger, then the mayor of Louisville. 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.
As the Kentucky Derby grew in popularity so did the racetrack. In 1908, pari-mutuel betting machines were introduced and the wagering portion of the track's business became more profitable. Through the direction of former Chairman Warner L. Jones, Jr., 1984 to 1992, and current Chairman Carl F. Pollard, the track has experienced impressive growth in all areas and has become a leader in simulcast wagering as both a host site and receiver. As a receiver, the $15 million Sports Spectrum, a state-of-the-art wagering center located seven miles from the track and constructed in 1992, has proved a national leader.
Churchill Downs was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. From 2001 to 2005, Churchill Downs underwent a three-and-a-half year, $121 million renovation. The clubhouse was replaced, 79 luxury suites were added, and the historic twin spires were refurbished. Today, Churchill Downs covers 147 acres. Seating capacity is 51,000, though crowds at the Derby can reach over 165,000 because of standing-room only admission to the paddock and infield. The dirt oval main track, on which the Derby is run, is one mile (1.6 km) in circumference and is 79 to 80 feet (24 m) wide, with a 120-foot (36.5-meter) wide section for the starting gate. A turf track, inside the main track, is 7/8 of a mile (1.4 km) in circumference and 80 feet (24 m) wide.
Churchill Downs has successfully hosted four of the top five attendance totals for the event: a record 80,452 in 1998; 71,671 in 1994, second; 71,237 in 1988, third; and 66,204 in 1991, fifth. Churchill Downs has a certain dress code they encourage all guests to adhere to in specific areas on Oaks and Derby Day. Many guests like to come dressed in fancy hats due to the live television broadcast and to keep the Kentucky Derby hat tradition alive.

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