Wagering totals a record $194.3 million
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 4, 2015) — A record 170,513 fans attended the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The previous attendance high was 165,307 in 2012.
Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $194.3 million, an increase of 4 percent over the 2014 total of $186.6 million, and an increase of 4 percent over the previous record set in 2012 of $187.0 million. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race increased 7 percent to $137.9 million from 2014’s $129.2 million and a 4 percent increase over the previous record set in 2012 of $133.1 million.
On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby program of $23.0 million declined 2 percent from $23.4 million in 2014. On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby race totaled $12.0 million, an increase of 1 percent over 2014’s $11.9 million.
Churchill Downs returned $154.3 million to bettors on the Kentucky Derby Day race program. Additionally, purses earned from the Kentucky Derby Day race program approximated $10.7 million that will be paid out to horsemen during the remainder of the 2015 race meets.
21,056 fans celebrate Kentucky Derby at Keeneland
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2015) — Keeneland hosted 21,056 fans for the Kentucky Derby. Fans at Keeneland wagered $1,810,953.