Churchill Downs : Official Travel Source

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Churchill Downs


700 Central Ave.
Louisville, KY 40208

Phone: (502) 636-4450
Fax: (502) 636-4554

Churchill Downs


Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky, United States, is a Thoroughbred racetrack most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby annually. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks in the same year. Churchill Downs has also hosted the renowned Breeders' Cup on eight occasions, most recently in 2011. Churchill Downs Incorporated owns and operates the racetrack. The capacity of Churchill Downs is 120,000.

In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America introduced a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Churchill Downs was ranked number 5 on this list.

In 2014, prior to the start of their spring meet, Churchill Downs announced an increase in parimutuel takeout rates. As a result of the takeout increase, Churchill Downs was ranked number 22 in the 2014 Horseplayers Association of North America Track Ratings.
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Meeting Space

Meeting Spaces

Aristides Garden

Aristides Lounge

Director's Room

Directors Balcony

Grand Foyer

Grand Stand Pavilion


Jockey Club Balcony

Area: 2,340 sq. ft.

Jockey Club Grand Foyer

Area: 3,600 sq. ft.

Jockey Club Suites

Millionaire's Row 4

Millionaire's Row 6

Millionaires Row 4 & Skye 5

Oaks Room

Oaks Room

Paddock Balcony

Plaza Balcony

Plaza Courtyard

Rooftop Garden

Roses Lounge

Stakes Balcony

Stakes Parlor

Stakes Room

Stakes Tavern

Stakes Veranda

Starting Gate Dining & Suites

Starting Gate Dining Room

Starting Gate Floor

Triple Crown Ballroom

Triple Crown Room

Area: 5,230 sq. ft.

Trophy Room

Turf Club

Turf Club & Roses Lounge

Turf Club Dining Room

Wicker Garden & Lounge

Winner's Circle Suites & Courtyard


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