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Today's Churchill Downs Free Picks 10/03/2021 - 12:45 PM Usa Est
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Churchill Downs Racing Update
Churchill Downs Racetrack officials determined that opening day of the 2020 Spring Meet will be Saturday, May 16. The Opening Day program has an average field size of 11.3 horses for the action-packed 11-race program, which includes the return of 2018 champion 3-year-old filly Monomoy Girl in a one-mile allowance.
After opening weekend (May 16-17), racing at Churchill Downs will be staged Thursdays through Sundays with a special holiday Monday card on Memorial Day, May 25.
The 2020 Spring meet will be run without on-track patrons and with strict protocols in place for the safety and health of horsemen.
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Churchill Downs Racetrack
Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the oldest Thoroughbred racetracks in the country and indisputably the most iconic. The famous twin spires on top of the grandstands are the most recognizable architectural feature at Churchill Downs and are used as a symbol of the track and the Kentucky Derby alike.
Churchill Downs officially opened in 1875 and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby“. This race, for three-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles, is the most popular race in the country and the prize most coveted by American horsemen.
The Derby has been the home of many great moments, including a record-setting time from the great Secretariat in his 1973 Derby win.
The racecourse recently underwent the most significant series of ambitious and comprehensive renovations in the history of the track. The project provided 64 luxury suites and spacious meeting areas built atop the track’s existing grandstand, with huge balconies providing stunning views of the Twin Spires. Furthermore, an expanded Turf Club, 15 luxury suites, new group sales areas, premium outdoor third-floor boxes, indoor box seats, a new media center, and television production compound, new dining, and entertainment areas have been recently added.
Installed in 2014, the Big Board is the largest 4K video board in the world at 171 foot wide by 90 foot tall. It sits some 80 feet above the ground and provides fans a 170-degree viewing angle of Churchill Downs racing.
Racetrack Construction and Measurement
The construction of a turf course allowed the track to play host to the Breeders’ Cup for the first time in 1988. Churchill subsequently held the sport’s top year-end event in 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2010, and 2011.
The main track is a one mile oval with a one-mile chute and is 80 feet wide with 4% banking on the turns.
The turf course is a 7f oval inside of the main track that is 80 feet wide with 6% banking on the turns.
In addition to the horse racing track, clubhouse, and stables, the main attraction of Churchill Downs is the museum, which highlights the history of the area.
Churchill Downs Live Racing
Racing at Churchill Downs occurs in two meets. The spring meet starts in late April, one week before the Kentucky Derby, and continues until early July. A fall meet picks up in late October and closes Thanksgiving weekend in late November.
You’ll be able to watch live races from Churchill Downs race track at TVG and check out simulcast racing as well.
Register a new TVG account for free and you will have the chance to watch all the live action from the track, video replays of every race.
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Churchill Downs Main Races
The Kentucky Derby is not only the most important race is Churchill Downs history but the most well-known race in horse racing around the world. The Kentucky Oaks, restricted just to three-year-old fillies, is another big race as well as the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, one of the most competitive and anticipated turf races in the US. The following are the main races hosted by Churchill Downs.
Kentucky Derby (Gr. 1)
The Kentucky Derby is one of the most prestigious sporting events on the planet and often referred to as the most exciting two minutes in sport.
It has a long history, first established in 1875, and is the first leg of the American Triple Crown.
2019 saw Country House win the race after Maximum Security was disqualified. In the last decade John Velazquez, Victor Espinoza, and Mario Gutierrez have had the most success with two wins apiece.
Kentucky Oaks (Gr. 1)
Held on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby each year, it’s a race that has a huge purse of $1.25million and is the perfect warm-up for the big Derby.
It’s 1 ⅛ mile long and was most recently won by Jose Ortiz riding Serengeti Express. In the last decade, both Mike E. Smith and Rosie Napravnik have picked up two wins each.
Clark Handicap (Gr. 1)
Held every November, the Clark Handicap is one of the oldest races in the US and has seen Bob Baffert become a real master of it in recent years.
He last won the race in 2014, with trainer Albert Stall Jr. taking the win last time out as Joel Rosario rode home on Tom’s d’Etat.
Humana Distaff Handicap (Gr. 1)
A relative newcomer at Churchill Downs is the Humana Distaff Stakes, which is run on the first Saturday of May as part of Derby Day.
It’s run over seven furlongs and has seen José Ortiz win it twice over the last few years.
Other major races include:
- Stephen Foster (Gr. 1)
- Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Gr. 1)
- Churchill Downs Handicap (Gr. 2)
- Fleur De Lis Handicap (Gr. 2)
- Golden Rod Stakes (Gr. 2)
- Chilukki Handicap (Gr. 2)
- Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (Gr. 2)
- Falls City Handicap (Gr. 2)
- Firecracker Breeders’ Cup Handicap (Gr. 2)
- Louisville Breeders’ Cup Handicap (Gr. 2)
- Revere Stakes (Gr. 2)
- Jefferson Cup Stakes (Gr. 2)
- Kentucky Breeders’ Cup Stakes (Gr. 3)
- Iroquois Stakes (Gr. 3)
- Ack Ack Handicap (Gr. 3)
- Aegon Turf Sprint Stakes (Gr. 3)
- La Troienne Stakes (Gr. 3)
- Locust Grove Handicap (Gr. 3)
- Northern Dancer Breeders’ Cup Stakes (Gr. 3)
- Pocahontas Stakes (Gr. 3)
- Aristides Breeders’ Cup Handicap (Gr. 3)
- Bashford Manor Stakes (Gr. 3)
- Cardinal Handicap (Gr. 3)
- Debutante Stakes (Gr. 3)
- Regret Stakes (Gr. 3)
- River City Handicap (Gr. 3)
- Dogwood Breeders’ Cup Stakes (Gr. 3)
- Early Times Mint Julep (Gr. 3)
Where To Bet On Churchill Downs Races
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Churchill Downs FAQs
Is there racing at Churchill Downs today?
Churchill Downs usually host racing meets from Thursday to Sunday. If there is live thoroughbred racing today, you will find our expert predictions on this very page.
Can I bet on Pick 6 at Churchill Downs?
Churchill Downs generally features huge Rainbow Pick 6 jackpots. It is going to require a lot of luck and an underdog or two to hit, though. You must pick the winner in each of the 6 selected races. The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. Of course, you can use our Churchill Downs racing picks to increase the chance of winning the jackpot.
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