Kentucky Derby 133 Wagering Matches Previous Year’s Records

A near-record crowd, which included royal visitors, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, watched James Tafel’s Street Sense power home to win Churchill Downs’ 133rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands by 2 ¼ lengths, while total on-track and all-sources wagering on the “Run for the Roses” matched the record levels set one year ago.

The attendance mark of 156,635 was the third largest in the history of the “Greatest Two Minutes In Sports.” It trails only the crowd of 163,628 that saw Cannonade with the 100th Derby in 1974 and the 157,536 racing fans that watched Barbaro’s commanding victory in 2006. It also marked the sixth time in nine years that Kentucky Derby Day attendance has topped 150,000.

Total wagering from all sources on the Kentucky Derby race, which includes on-track and off-track wagers was $118,317,714, a dip of only 0.1 percent from the record-smashing 2006 all-sources total of $118,426,874. On-track wagering for America’s greatest race totaled $12,076,490, nearly even with the $12,075,504 fans under the famed Twin Spires wagered on the Kentucky Derby race in 2006. Off-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby race was $106,241,224, off only 0.1 percent from the $106,351,370 wagered by fans through simulcast-wagering centers and account-wagering services around the country one year ago.

Total wagering from all sources on the 12-race Kentucky Derby Day card at Churchill Downs was $168,018,982, a decline of 4.1 percent from $175,129,090 wagered on the 12-race Kentucky Derby 132 racing program. On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby Day card was $24,065,098, down only 1.6 percent from the $24,463,927 wagered by on-track fans one year ago. Off-track wagering on the Derby Day program was $143,953,884, down 4.5 percent from the record $150,665,163 wagered by fans around the country in 2006.

Churchill Downs President Steve Sexton said off-track wagering totals were affected by small field sizes for three of the day’s stakes races. “The entire Churchill Downs team is delighted with the outcome of this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands,” which saw the fantastic team of Jim Tafel, Carl Nafzger and Calvin Borel take a well-deserved trip to the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle while our guest of honor, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, fulfilled her life-long dream to witness the Derby,” said Sexton. “We are also delighted to see that racing fans at Churchill Downs and around the nation continued to support the entire Kentucky Derby race program. While we believe that short fields in two of our Derby Day stakes races, as well as our first race of the day, did cause the slight decline in off-track wagering, the exceptional racing throughout the day and storybook ending for the connections of Street Sense certainly made Kentucky Derby 133 one to remember.”

Patrons also enjoyed the day at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Louisville off-track betting facility, where 9,339 race fans wagered on the Kentucky Derby Day card versus the 9,562 patrons who spent Kentucky Derby 132 at Trackside, a slight decline of 2.3 percent.

Wagering on the Kentucky Derby race at Trackside totaled $1,252,230, an increase of 6.1 percent from the 2006 total of $1,180,011. A total of $1,876,257 was wagered on the Kentucky Derby Day racing program at Trackside Louisville, a jump of 5.2 percent from the 2006 total of $1,783,599.

Trackside Louisville attendance and wagering figures are not included in on-track attendance and wagering figures for Churchill Downs racetrack.

 

Kentucky Derby 133 Attendance and Wagering
  2007 2006 Change
Attendance 156,635 157,536 -.57%
On-Track Wagering (Derby Race) $12,076,490 $12,075,504 0.0%
On-Track Wagering (Derby Day) $24,065,098 $24,463,927 -1.6%
Off-Track Wagering (Derby Race) $106,241,224 $106,351,370 -0.1%
Off-Track Wagering (Derby Day) $143,953,884 $150,665,163 -4.5%
Total (All Sources – Derby Race) $118,317,714 $118,426,874 -0.1%
Total (All Sources – Derby Day) $168,018,982 $175,129,090 -4.1%

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs conducted the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2007. The track’s 2007 Spring Meet is set for April 28 through July 8. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record six times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.