Churchill Downs History

Address: 700 Central Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208

Churchill Downs Seating Chart

Churchill Downs Seating Chart

Churchill Downs

Horse racing fans, like sports fans everywhere, have their Mecca, the place where they know they will eventually end up, a place that calls to them in their dreams. In the equestrian world, that Mecca is Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. For over 130 years racing fans have been finding their way to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, a race that sets the standard for all others and provides the first key to winning the Triple Crown. There are other racetracks with great stature to be sure, places like Pimlico and Belmont Park, but Churchill Downs is where it all begins, a track that starts the separation between the great and the immortal horses of the sport.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newbie there are places at Churchill Downs you won’t want to miss. Try the infield party first and get a glimpse of the excitement among the huge crowds. Sip your mint julep and peruse the Grandstand and the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs. But be sure to get there early. The Kentucky Derby has spawned a celebration that goes on for weeks before the actual race, with Air Shows and Fireworks displays, and cuisine provided by the best chefs in the world. Mark it on your calendar: The Race is the Kentucky Derby, the place is Churchill Downs.